CLUBPLANET INTERVIEW: Jed Harper

CLUBPLANET INTERVIEW: Jed Harper

by Mikey Lavery
12.04.2013

Meet Jed Harper. The Canadian DJ is causing somewhat of a stir just now around his home city of Toronto and, with his flawless productions and blistering DJ sets rocking the Canadian crowds, he's set to be one of next year's hottest DJs.

Clubplanet
were lucky enough to sit down with him and talk to him about his label, "Provoke," Michael Woods remixing his track, "Diamond Rings" and him being the resident DJ for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Clubplanet: Jed, thank you for taking the time to talk to Clubplanet. How's your year been so far?
Jed Harper:
Thank you for having me. My year's been pretty crazy. I've been busy in the studio, working on my label and I've been doing a lot of shows. I'm excited to see what's coming next.

CP: Talk to us about your label, Provoke. What kind of music does it focus on?
JH:
Provoke is a label that I co-own here in Toronto. Music wise, we set out to be a more broad range. Rather than focusing on one genre of electronic dance music, we cover stuff ranging from big progressive house, electro-house and trap. However, we're not afraid having some of dubstep and Drum & Bass.

CP: Who are your influences as a DJ?
JH:
Growing up, I loved the music coming out of New York; Kenny Dope, Louis Vega, Eric Morillo and Todd Terry were some of the guys who got me interested in DJing. Currently, I listen to Michael Woods, Chris Lake and TJR--who is a massive inspiration for me. I come fro a hip hop background so I love his style and scratching and take a lot from it.

CP: Michael Woods remixed your track, "Diamond Rings." How did that come about?
JH:
Michael and I often played together and we became friends. I was playing him some of my new productions--one of which was "Diamond Rings,"--and he told me it was a really great track. He had some thoughts about how he could beef it up a little, and asked me if he could work on it and put his touches to it. It just went from there.

CP: What did that mean for you and "Provoke"?
JH:
It was a huge stepping stone for us. To have our track played on BBC Radio 1 was incredible. It launched us onto people's radars and we were all of a sudden taken seriously as a label. For me personally, it was a big step forward. I found myself getting a wider audience and saw my DJ career starting to take off.

CP: Will we see more of you here in the U.S. in terms of gigs and productions?
JH:
Yes, that's the plan. I've always been a DJ more than a producer and got into this industry always wanting to play records. Now, I'm doing both that and making music, and I'm finding they are coming hand in hand with each other. I'm obviously wanting to follow up on each track I release and, of course, play them when I'm out on the road so that's my plan for the foreseeable future and the U.S. scene is top of my list.

CP: We hear you're a bit of a baseball fan? Do you have something to tell us about that side of your life?
JH:
Haha, funny you should mention that! So, as well as spending time in the studio, running Provoke and playing in clubs, I'm also the official DJ for the Toronto Blue Jays. I've been there for some time now and even do some edits and cuts for different times in the game. It's such fun and they have a great team of people there and, truth be told, it's great for my resume!

CP:
Well we love it here at Clubplanet and we hope that when we next speak to you, and you're touring the world, you're still holding down that residency!
JH:
Ha, yes! I'll hold you to that!

Jed, thank you!

You can get more information about Jed Harper below:
Jed Harper Provoke

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