10 Questions 2 – Jon Rundell – Technoscene Interview
10 Questions 2 – Jon Rundell – Technoscene Interview
01. Can you tell us more about your music history, you started out back home in Brighton when you were in your teens, then promoting local nights?
I use to play at house parties all over the Kent and Sussex areas really, and go to all the clubs, especially in Brighton where the scene at the time was really good. I’d go to house nights, techno nights, breaks nights, all of them. I just liked all aspects of it. Music was more open then; everything’s all put in a box now and it makes it kind of boring. Eventually, I started playing some of the smaller nights and after parties before heading up to London and doing the same.
02. What are your first memories of techno music?
Monday nights at the Zap were my favourite. I heard so many great DJs play there and it’s where I first met Carl and some of his friends. I heard Laurent Garnier there once and it blew my tiny little mind how he could mix all these different types of styles together.
03. Where do you see the music industry in 10 years? And where do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene?
Really unsure right now, streaming is now finally the leading light on music listening (something I’ve been championing for the last five years), and in a few years’ time may be the next thing will start to slowly emerge. It’s important to keep your eyes and ears open to new technology. Wherever the industry will be in a decade it will be the technology that drives it, not the industry itself. In terms of myself, still making and playing music but also moving more into the mixing and mastering side of other genres. I’m also into indie music too and I see sitting in a studio working with bands very appealing.
04. Where do you most enjoy playing? Crowded festival stages or more intimate clubs?
More intimate clubs for sure, I thrive when the spotlight’s not right on me. I relax more, take more risks, play a wider range of music and generally have fun with it. Stages are cool don’t get me wrong, I just don’t feel as relaxed from them and being so far away from the crowd.
05. Which do you prefer, DJing or producing?
I learnt to produce after DJing, I’m always a DJ first and foremost, it’s how I started out, hoping to be a DJ. Producing came later as a result of it essentially becoming necessary as all the good producers at that time were starting to get booked to go out and, DJ.
06. Tell us about one of the proudest moments in your career to date?
I’ve had two Beatport No’1s in the overall genre chart, and I’ve played in front of 30,000 people in one go, which although festivals aren’t as relaxing for me as I’ve explained, I still see this a big achievement. Others include playing at places like Timewarp, Glastonbury, and pretty much the fact I get to wake up every day and do what I enjoy.
07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
All kinds, sometimes classical music first thing, then maybe a bit of funk and soul or old skool hip hop, and then I’ll get my head down into house and techno. Towards the end of the day, I’ll either go mellow with reggae or go full on with some DnB or old skool breaks and rave. Depends on my mood really, which is the great thing about music and things like Spotify, whatever your mood you can listen to music that fits it in an instant. I occasionally listen to some progressive and trance as well, but always the older tracks from the late nineties up to around the mid-2000s.
08. In your opinion, what parties and festivals should we not miss this year?
I honestly don’t know, I kind of lose track at this time of the year as I’m mostly head down in the studio and am good at ignoring everything around me when I am. So, I’ve probably missed most announcements of them, but I’d say try and get to Croatia for some of the festivals there and broaden your horizons by going to something slightly different for a change too; you never know, it could change your life!
09. You’ve always spoken out about your thoughts in the scene, and given advice to aspiring DJs and producers. What are your main does or don’ts regarding tips for upcoming talents?
Don’t bother with social media until you’ve got your production skills to a good level, the focus is everything and social media will just distract you. I’d also say start locally when trying to get gigs, no one’s going to fly you somewhere to play just yet, so build a local fan base and build from there once you start to get a few releases out.
10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations/projects? Pure Intec 4 drops this month too, mixed by you and Carl. What can we expect to hear on that one? Techno from Intec.
We release a fairly broad range within that though, and from a lot of up and coming lesser known producers, so just hit play at the start and let it take you off somewhere, that’s what it’s designed for. I have another Etch EP coming up in May sometime that I’ll release, this one’s more of a tough funk workout, pretty different to all my other releases. I’ve also not long finished collaborations with Carl Bee and Ten Ven too, so hopefully, I’ll have more news on when and where they will be released soon…
Pure Intec 4 with Carl Cox and Jon Rundell is Out Now:
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