JAY CARDER QuickFire Questions

London-based Jay Carder’s soulful club sets infuse raw, tribal rhythms with house, breaks and percussive electronica…Beside her residency at Snowbombing festival in Austria, Jay throws monthly events for the underground music and dance community with her collective 4 To The Floor London. These dazzling nights attract house dancers, hustlers, b-boys, voguers, waackers and other dance styles from Paris, Japan, Berlin from all major cities…2020 will see her launch two labels to share the unique sounds from all corners of the planet.

What was the first album you bought?

I grew up with all the classics in the house – David Bowie, The Beatles, Queen etc, and the first album I bought for my ‘portable’ CD player was Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night when I was about 11. I was obsessed with ‘Little Lies’ and used listen to it late into the night under my bed covers.


Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

I know it’s a cliché but Pink Floyd really did change the way I listened to music. As in, I really started listening. The way Dark Side of the Moon manipulates sound and creates feeling through build and release, really forces you stick with it – the same goes for pretty much all of their albums, which are completely timeless even in today’s world of instant gratification. Brilliant.

Nightmares on Wax was the soundtrack to my teens and Bonobo/Maribou State/Caribou/Floating Points were the real catalysts that developed taste in electronic music. I suppose what they all have in common is the ability to take your mind into a new world of introspective listening that activates your imagination. I still get the same chills listening to Bonobo’s Black Sands album now as I did the very first time.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

I do everything with feeling. If I feel a certain way – happy, excited, anxious, sad – I’m inspired to reflect that creatively, be it through music, painting, writing. The environment and the people around me also have a profound effect on how motivated I feel – hot tip, surround yourself with good people, always! Also it might sound strange but the sun fills me with this mad energy and a zest for life that makes me feel instantly creative.  

Tell us about your new DJ mix for Kitsuné’s French Kiss Party?

30 minutes is a tricky one to take the listener on any kind of ‘journey’, which is what I try to do with all my sets, but by keeping the mixing quick and tunes bouncy, I feel I created a decent trip through the kind of sounds I’d play in the club. A bit of afro, a bit of punchy ‘London’ bass and interesting, spacey melodies is what I’m all about. Each track takes you to a different place and works within the whole. I had to throw a French sample in there (ref: Kitsuné Musique, had to be done!) and a little Dilla at the end to leave the listener on a high.

What can we expect from you in 2020?

2020 is kicking off with a bang; as well as Kitsuné’s French Kiss party with Baltra, Harrison BDP and more, I’m playing shows with some of my all time heroes James Lavelle (Unkle), Shanti Celeste and Culoe de Song, as well as continuing my residency at Snowbombing festival in Austria.

I’m also putting together a UK tour and 2020 is my year for cracking down in the studio. There’s few other projects in the works that I can’t announce just yet but keep your ears and eyes peeled at @jaycarderDJ on all socials!

Catch Jay Carder live at Kitsuné’s French Kiss Party on 15th February at Village Underground London with BALTRA, ADRYIANO B2B HARRISON BDP and THEO KOTTIS. Tickets HERE

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