Jack Eye Jones

DJ Spotlight: Jack Eye Jones

Ready to bust out of Scotland is DJ and producer, Jack Eye Jones. With a new remix from Dutch demi-lord Tiësto for the anthemic “Playground,” we sat down the Scot for a head-to-head about breaking into EDM, superhero powers and inebriated Tweeting.

Meet Jack Eye Jones after the preview below, and stay tuned for the full remix premiere on VIBE, coming soon.

VIBE: How does the dance music scene in Scotland compare to the States?
Jack Eye Jones: We're very lucky and sometimes take for granted the music industry in Scotland, people party like its their last day on earth, I didn't start off playing in Scotland so when I progressed to playing in Scotland I don't care what anyone says, it intimidates you, but eventually you grasp the beauty of the craziness of people flying around on top of each other, fire extinguishers going off and being hit by bottles and beer cans as you play (in Scotland that’s a compliment)—just their way of releasing the steam of the week they have had, they party like it's their last day on earth, they don't care how they are getting home, even if they happen to lose a bit of clothing and it's the middle of winter, as they are having the time of their life and it's your job to deliver that.

Describe your sound at this very moment?
Harder end of progressive electro house with reminders of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

What DJ-producer is your biggest inspiration and why?
Just one, wow, that's hard if I can go for two and I'll say not just because they play my tracks or mashups, but Tiësto and Avicii, starting with Tiësto because he's been with us for ever, he has grown in to different genres as the audience changed, he didn't let the world slip by like a lot of DJs who won't move with the times, and other is Avicii for taking a chance introducing a newer sound to EDM. He got a lot of stick for it, but it paid off and that takes balls.

Tell us about this new remix you have coming out with Tiësto.
Tijs has been playing my mashups on his ClubLife Podcast over last year, and I took a chance in and I have this track Playground, its quite an interesting one, I made 2 versions of it kind of took a strange turn while making it, and turns out I have such a lovely chilled out version of it and a stage version, and I love the chilled out version more as it has a great piano melody in it, I asked Tijs if he could make it in to something special, that big room Tiesto sound, and somehow he said yes. Haven't decides yet did this actually happen or am I still dreaming.

Who are you listening to right now on your iPod? Any hip-hop?
Eric Prydz every couple of days, his podcasts are simply amazing and for a bit of house, Boy George, strange one, but he's funny and the music choice is so funky. As far as hip-hop goes, I like Dre, Snoop and Eminem.

What's your live set like?
BONKERS! Watch my video on iTunes Ibiza Sessions TV and you get to see Scotland and just how crazy it is. I'm not a VIP DJ who just stands there playing track after track, I get involved with the crowd, if it's not happening, I make it happen, it's a party every time!

If you could have a superhero power what would it be and why?
Aside from the impossible: Tiësto's music based creative ability, I'd settle for being able to be in two places at the same time, so when I'm in my element on stage and battering it out, I can also be in the crowd down the front having the time of my life like everyone else, at the end of the day I'm a raver.

What's your favorite American festival and why?
I think all EDC events are incredible, the talent and production they put together is on another level. Those guys [Insomniac Events] are defiantly at the top of their game!

Best advice you ever got? From who?
I've had a lot of advice, I've learned to listen to people where I didn't before and just had just done my thing, Jon Mancini one of only three resident DJ for Colours for 24 years. Jon changed my thinking and dealing with situations and being prepared and giving respect to the gig coming up, mostly he has been there for me on this journey and dealing with the biggest challenge being myself, he's like my mentor and shrink. His best advice - "Jack, don't go on Twitter when your drunk again!"

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