THE BIRDHOUSE 194: Jaden Thompson Interview

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This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I am excited to welcome another fresh face to the show. Jaden Thompson is a name that I have been following since he first caught my attention back in 2017 with his track “Watch Ya Step,” on the Martinez Brother’s, Cutting Headz imprint. The track immediately became a weapon in my DJ bag, because of its ghetto house sound and outstanding production quality. Since then, I continually see Jaden’s name in my promo box. This year his “Alright” EP on Emerald City, was another record that became a mainstay in my sets. Also a great DJ, Thompson has just been named a resident for the legendary Fabric nightclub in London. At only 19 years old, Jaden Thompson is definitely one to watch for the future. Check out his guest mix and questionnaire below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

My career started after I had my debut release on Cuttin’ Headz. It was a surreal feeling hearing my tracks getting played out by DJ’s I look up to.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Swindon, which is not far from Oxford. There’s never been much of a House music scene in my hometown, so most of the influences came from elsewhere.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

I’ve never really felt like quitting because music has always been my passion. Of course there’s been weeks where I’m not feeling motivated or there’s been distractions, but I’ve never allowed it to affect my career.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Maschine by Native Instruments! I’ve been using this for ages and do the majority of my production in it. There’s a really cool swing dial, which helps me add more groove to my tracks.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Artists like Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter and Mr G had a big influence on my style of production in the early days and still do now.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I normally listen to a good mix.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Either when I’m playing in front of a crowd or working on a hot track.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I can wiggle my ears hahaha.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Black and Orange are my favourite colours.

Least favourite is Yellow.

Favorite animal?

Monkeys

Favorite board game?

Chess

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Pizza

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Swing My Way by K.P & Envyi

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit techno

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie all day

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix