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INTERVIEW: JADED presents Mirror

London duo JADED return to Diplo's house/techno hotspot, Higher Ground, to deliver a radiant, trumpet-laden new single, "Mirror," featuring singer Indira May. The new song marks JADED's sixth appearance on Higher Ground, cementing them as mainstays for the label.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.

1.Can you tell us a bit about your experience? Where are you from and how did you get into music?

It all started in the grimey streets of London, although we all come from different backgrounds dance music was always the pulse of the town. Nari was making uk hip hop, grime and world music in the dungeon studios of west london, whereas Teo was already djing across the london underground and making beats in his mom's basement. We then met in the smoking area of a basement studio in west London and we hit it off instantly and the rest is history.

2.How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?

Our sound is maturing like a fine cheese and becoming more musically rich whilst retaining its groove. We are really enjoying what Tal Fusman is doing, feels exciting.

3. How do you feel your music influences or impacts its listeners?

We feel that our music hits hard and is groovy but it has a worldly sound to it that makes everyone from around the world connect with it whether or not they speak English. It also pulls on the emotional heart strings whilst making our listeners dance

4. What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

We’ve started working on our debut album and things are starting to shape up nicely, that’s all we can say right now.

5. Has that sound changed much in recent years? What is your musical criteria in your latest work?

We have a few different sounds we like to work with but we feel that we are reaching the point now where all our different palettes are combining together nicely. The criteria has always been groovy dance tracks that bring out the human emotion in us.

6. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but do you think it has affected creativity?

Yes in the sense that no one can continue to create freely and make money easily from their art, especially with the cost of living crisis it is incredibly hard out here for artists.

But with regards to technology things are getting very exciting when it comes to production so it's easier to get into making music and the future is bright.

7. Can you tell us about your present and future projects?

We’ve started working on our debut album and things are starting to shape up nicely, that's all we can say right now.


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