Music Is My Religion

John Tejada is one of the best techno and house producers in the history of these genres. We talk about his life and music.

- You are born as the son of composer/conservatory teacher (father) and opera-singer (mother). What influence have parents on your musical growth?

- My dad got me started on piano pretty early. There was always music around so I think that had an influence.

- When did you start to interest in electronic music and what was fascinating for you in this sound?

- The first time I heard electronic music I was about 10 years old. Early hip hop and electro. I was hooked right away.

- Why did you start your musical activity with deejaying?

- I would hear the local hip hop shows and I loved the way they manipulated the music. So as soon as I could I got my first pair of decks when I was about 13. I started learning how to do what I heard on the radio.

- Why did you decide to make your own music?

- I’ve always wanted to figure out how to make my own electronic sounds. The purchase of my first sampler back in 1991 let me start to try.

- Why did you formed your own label - Palette?

- I wanted to be my own boss. I had certain ideas that other labels weren’t that into and I thought it was a good idea. Eight years later I’m very happy with the label.

- So why a lot of your records was released by other labels?

- I just wanted to get my music out there.

- Your first album under own name was "Little Green Lights And four Inch Faders" on A13. What did inspired you to create this warm and melodic sound?

- That's just the music I was feeling like making at the time.

- On "The Matrix Of Us" you penetrated hip hop and downtempo territory. What was interesting for you in these sounds?

- At that time, it was just more interesting for me to make an album you could listen to anywhere.

- On "The Matrix Of Us" you collaborate for the first time with your mother. Why did you decide to put classic opera-voice in electronic music?

- Actually it wasn't the first time. It just seemed like a good idea to make a song with her.

- "Backstock" and "More Backstock" collections released by Palette contain your straight for the dancefloors techno tracks. What are the most important elements of club music for you?

- Well, to make people dance I guess but also to challenge them a bit.

- You recorded a lot of singles and two albums for Playhouse and Moods And Grooves with Arian Leviste. Why did you choose this producer for your major collaborator?

- Me and Arian have been working on music together for close to 14 years. He has appeared with me on many more releases.

- You often collaborate also with raper Divine Styler. What interesting did you find in his flow?

- He's a good friend and I've always thought his flow is so unique. We've done quite a few projects together.

- On "Daydream In Cold Weather" released by Plug Research album you experimented with IDM-sounds combined with tech-house rhythms. Why did you decide to make a synthesis of these elements?

- With any of the albums, it's just the kind of music i was feeling. It was just a natural progression for me.

- Your new album on Plug Research – "Logic Memory Center" – contains vocal tracks. What did you interest in form of song?

- It just came out of chance. I thought it would be fun to have a few friends on the album and it worked out well in the end.

- Two tracks from "Logic Memory Center" sung by James Figurine and Carl A. Finlow have strong new wave vibe. Why did you decide to back to 80s sounds?

- It doesn't sound 80's to me. Maybe their vocal styles remind you of someone?

- Two albums released by City Centre Offices as I`m Not A Gun are totally different from your other works. Why did you decide to create instrumental post-rock?

- I've been playing drums and guitar for many years. I met Takeshi Nishimoto a few years ago and we began working on music. I don't see such a huge difference in music with genres. It's all sort of based on the same ideas.

- Whose album from your career is your favourite?

- I'm quite proud of the "Logic Memory Center" album. I put a lot more time into it and am happy with the way it came out.

- What are your musical plans for future?

- Some new Palette releases are on the way. A new single by me titled "Paranoia" as well as a new album by myself and Arian Leviste titled "Back For Basics" to be released in April 2005 on Palette.

- I found in all your recordings strong spiritual vibe. Do you belive in God?

- Music is my religion.

AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL


 

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Music Is My Religion - John Tejada
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