The ClubPlanet Interview: Jay Hardway

The ClubPlanet Interview: Jay Hardway

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
01.20.2015

Born Jobke Heiblom in the small town of Drunen in the southern Netherlands, Jay Hardway started producing music when he was 14.  Starting as a DJ in smaller pubs at the age of 18 and moving up to larger clubs, he has built a name for himself with solid productions and collaborations.  His three collabs with Martin Garrix (“Registration Code,” “Error 404” and “Wizard”) elevated his name on the global scene, which helped his debut solo single “Bootcamp” reach the Beatport top 10 and nearly 5 million Youtube views. Relentlessly touring around the world, he recently took a break to focus on new music, so watch out for his new music to Inspire you in 2015.

RS:  Let’s start with the most important question, where in Amsterdam can I get the best sushi?
Jay Hardway: I have only lived in Amsterdam for 6 months, so I don’t know the best places yet but Sumo and Little Buddha have really good sushi.

RS: Traveling around the world where have you found the best sushi?
Jay Hardway: Japan has by far the best sushi and that is where sushi is from, so you can’t compare.

RS: You just got back from a trip where you went to Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia, how are the crowds different from country to country?
Jay Hardway: It’s fun to see the truth behind the clichés of every culture. For instance, Portuguese people are very proud and sing along with every song, and in Japan everyone is dressed almost like they are out of a comic book. It is really fun to see it come true on the dancefloor as well; it is the best thing ever to see.

RS: Where do you get the biggest reaction from people and where do they go the craziest?
Jay Hardway: That is hard to tell, they all go crazy in Mexico, Portugal, Japan, and America. Everyone is crazy in their own way and I always get a warm welcome when I play for them.

 

RS: That’s awesome. Your track “Freedom” with Mike Hawkins is really hot. What inspired the part where it gets really pretty with the keyboard?
Jay Hardway: I actually had the melody in a different way on another track and I wanted to work it out with Mike. We wanted to have an acoustic, magical, and free-feeling to it, so that is what we did. I just think that music what inspired it. 

RS: When you did “Wizard,” did you have any idea that it would become so big?
Jay Hardway: No, and I am just saying no because I didn’t know that my life would totally change after that. I knew that it was going to be big, because after “Animals,” the second release from Martin Garrix was “Wizard.” I knew it was going to be big but I didn’t know it was going to be life-changing.

RS: You are 23 years old and there are a lot of really young producers here in Holland. Is there a community forming, or is there more competition?
Jay Hardway: The best thing is that in Holland there is no competition and there are a lot of forums and people that help each other with projects.  We send each other our projects and we talk about how you can use presets or some other stuff. We are really helping each other, which make it a nice little community and it is making the quality of the music better.

RS: That is really inspirational that y'all work together.
Jay Hardway: Yes, for sure. It is cool to actually see the quality going up and to have other influences on your track and to get other opinions and feedback.

RS: Speaking about inspirational, your radio show is called Inspire. What inspired that name?
Jay Hardway: My slogan for the radio show is music that inspires me, and I hope to inspire the ones that listen to it as well. Unfortunately I don’t play all of the music that inspires me, I just stick to the EDM and I never play tracks that I don’t like.

RS: What would be a track that inspires you that would surprise us?
Jay Hardway: Older Dutch singers like theater singers. My music collection is really weird, I like every kind of music and I like classical and jazz. I think that if someone saw my personal music taste they would doubt that I was really Jay Hardway; it is totally different from what I play.

RS: Imagine a Dutch theater, classic singer; if you could remix or produce one of them, what would you want to do?
Jay Hardway:  I would try to be honorable to the original music and the original parts and vocals, but make it my own way with respect to the original music.

RS: Is there one that comes to mind that you would like to do?
Jay Hardway: You wouldn’t know him, but there is a lot of inspirational music out there. There is so much music in the world that I haven’t heard and the best thing is that you can keep discovering it.

RS: I am surprised that you are so lively today because you did two parties last night, the Doorn Party and X Party. Do you usually play the same set when you go place to place, or how do you decide what goes into your set?
Jay Hardway: I have my USB which is a maze; I have used it since last year and haven’t ordered it in the right way so it is chaotic. I have 200 tracks that I like to play right now, I don’t really have a playlist, but I like to choose from tracks that I like. Sometimes I like to go back in time with an old classic track and I just play whatever I want.

RS:  Are you doing something in the studio with Thomas Newson?
Jay Hardway: Yup, we are friends and we are working together. We have a lot of small projects together and we are still trying to figure out which one is going to be our collaboration. We are trying to release quality so we aren’t rushing it and just seeing where it goes.

 

RS: I have noticed a lot of your songs have computer names like “Bootcamp,” or "Error 404,” what will your next track be called?
Jay Hardway: I can’t tell you yet, I have the name already but I don’t know if is going to be anything to do with computers. That is actually Martin’s idea and I just stole it for “Bootcamp” so I am just going to leave you in the dark with the name.

RS: So you have the track with Thomas Newson, who else are you collaborating with right now?
Jay Hardway: DVBBS who are great, energetic guys and really good songwriters, so it is really cool to work with them but we are still not finished. I am going to work on a collaboration with Bassjackers as well, and who knows who I might meet this week and set up a collaboration with.

RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Jay Hardway: Thanks for the support and I hope to see you at one of my shows. I hope that you enjoy my music and I will try to make as much new music as I can for you guys.

Interview conducted during Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.


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