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INTERVIEW: Jay Triana presents "House" EP [impresión]

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jay Triana, who publishes "House" Ep, on the print label, and this is the result of the interview.

What was the first thing that attracted you to electronic music?

playing video games throughout my life exposed me to many different genres of electronic music, especially breakbeats in old racing games and ambient music in role playing games.

I’m a huge nerd so it seems natural that I would want to make music with synthesizers and samplers.

I started messing with electronic music after my first band fell apart in high school I wanted to make music by myself. I think many producers often feel the same, the guitar/pedals -> synth pipeline is powerful

Do you remember any album or concert that changed everything?

Definitely there have been a few over the years. When I was a teenager I was mostly into metal and hardcore that was popular at the time, I was kind of getting into more experimental sounds with stuff like noise but. Around senior year of high school first listening to The Cold Vein - Cannibal Ox was one of my first introductions to experimental sounds in electronic music and I was so obsessed with that album that at the time I was actively looking up the source material for the samples on that album which led me to getting into other more foundational electronic/experimental artists sounds like Brian Eno.

With dance music specifically Burial’s Untrue was my first introduction to more underground sounds, back in 2011 as far as dance music was concerned I was only listening to a couple of things that were somewhat popular but hearing Burial was my real introduction to the world of electronic music because at the time from my perspective this music had come out of nowhere. I had no perspective for the history leading up to the highly swung Lofi 2 step with what sounded like astral voices calling out from a different dimension. This set me on a years long journey of learning about dance music of the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

These two albums really stand out to me as albums that really set me on the journey that would lead me to my artistic sensibilities overall. They gave me a thirst for cultural context and this led me to discover all kinds of fantastic music over the years.

Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss the most nationally, internationally and on the contrary what helped you the most to grow and even to believe in yourself?

Letting go of expectation and keeping it fun has helped me grow as an artist more than anything.

When I first got into music production it felt like there was no end to the information that I could learn. I started around 2008-2009 and the internet was less mature back then there were still forums where people were sharing their thoughts and opinions and such and I spent the first 3-4 years of music production just doing tutorials, deleting everything I made, and obsessively learning as much as I could.

However, once you get deeper into anything, there are diminishing returns on how much a tutorial can teach you and at some point a journey of artistic self discovery and reflection has to be made in which often more information can actually hurt your artistic process. This process is often a painful one and I found that the more pressure I put on myself to perform the less I want to create art. There’s nothing for it but to just push yourself forward into discomfort and get used to feeling discomfort. I’m not always the best at doing this myself however the times I do is when I grow most as an artist.

How is the music scene living in your city with this murky pandemic situation?

Honestly while the situation has not been easy for anyone, I have personally been able to connect with other musicians during the pandemic both online and in person and I think music is so essential to the human experience that people find a way to make music together and enjoy music together and possibly in a more

What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?

I’m honestly a huge nerd so I will have to start by saying that I spend a lot of time at home making music, playing video games and just hanging out online.

Gramps is awesome in Wynwood. I think Midtown in general has gotten really really commercial over the past couple of years.

I used to go to Electric Pickle back in the day and they’re now open as ATV Records closer to Downtown but I haven’t been there much.

I enjoy going outside while it’s nice. I generally enjoy going to different outdoor places around the city, parks in the grove and just enjoying the nature of S FL while its nice so i can justify staying inside during the rainy season.

Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?

I’ve just been taking it one day at a time spending time with family and friends.

How was your last project born?

What do you want to convey with this work? What is the concept behind?

I often get the urge to make music that reflects my perception of the time passing/seasons. Most of my projects are like this. This project was written in Fall 2021.

As for your studio what is your setup currently made of?

Currently, and most importantly, Ableton and Reason on the computer along with a long list of plugins that I’ve collected over the years. I also have a Maschine Mikro which is great for generating ideas quickly.

I have many pieces of hardware that I use as sample material, I often don’t like syncing DAW stuff with hardware so I usually resample things I’ve made on various Elektron boxes.

What the one team {gear?}#, you will never get rid of no matter what?

My computer of course. As much as I like hardware, nothing beats Ableton with plugins as far as making tracks.

What would you say is the definition of your sound?

Rough and often minimalistic. I love having vocal samples in my music that evoke certain feelings, I think the human voice is very powerful to convey emotion.


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