Rising star Jonas Woehl has already notched up releases on stellar labels, beginning with high-carat remixes for top-players such as Jay Haze and Fritz Kalkbrenner, climbing quickly to EPs on german top-notch labels such as whatiplay, Get Physical and Solee’s Parquet Recordings, he has developed and mastered stepping over the border of conventionalism and moved steadily towards his own interpretation of emotional dance music. He makes his debut with deep melodic track ‘Lightning’ on our latest release S P I R A L S.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
My parents sent me to musical school in my early years already. I learned to play different types of flute, clarinet and a bit of guitar. To be honest those where not the coolest instruments to swagger with, haha. When I got older (about 16 years) and the first school- und private partys came up I liked the idea of electronic music and performing it more and more. So I started DJing with controllers, later Vinly. But i found it a bit boring real quick and got way more interested in creating sounds on my own. And this is the result of it, haha.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
That’s a difficult question, because I don’t know a genre, where I’d see myself 100% in. I think my sound is more a mixture of different genres and influences. But i guess mainly keywords like „Deep House“, „Progressive House“ (Deadmau5 for example as my first und main idol) or „Techno“ would describe it the best.
You are about to release your track „Lightning“ on Constant Circles – how did you approach the track and what was your process in creating it?
I produced this track back in the colder months, which I think one can hear. 😛 The main thought was to move a bit away from the standard 4/4 house beat composed of kick, clap und hats on their usual positions. On the other hand i wanted to create a track, that fits somehow in my livesets. So i first built a raw sketch of the drums and then arranged all the other elements around it.
What are your key pieces in studio kit?
Mainly it’s Ableton and my computer. I’m working very much sample and FX based and I’m using just a few sound-creating Plugins. All the basses currently come from the Moog Minitaur, which is definitely my most favorite studio piece.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I’m born, raised and based in Dresden (Saxony) in the east of Germany. I think my music would be very different, if i would have grown up for example in Berlin. When i started producing, smaller house partys in small clubs got more prominent in Dresden and so there where a few chances to play there for me. So it was quite easy to „roadtest“ my works – i guess in a bigger city this would have been very much harder. Dresden has a good balance of intimate parties but also music-interested and open-minded people.
You have release on some amazing labels, like Get Physical and Parquet. Do you think there has been a key moment or turning point for you career wise?
A few, yes. The first was really early when I did an edit of a track from Dillon back in the days. A guy with great connections and big influence in the industry came up on me and we started working together. This brought me to Get Physical, Get Physical Booking, Parquet Recordings and other great places.
Then, about 1,5 years ago, I got to know my current booker and manager which gave me a whole new motivation and new connections and influences.
What’s your dream label to release on and how close do you think you are to achieving it?
There’s several to be honest. Afterlife, Life And Death, Visionquest. Hard to say how close I’m. I personally think it’s all about connections and also a good portion of lucky instances. So hard to predict. 😛
Do you DJ, or play live or both? Which do you prefer?
Currently I do both. There was a time when i mainly played livesets, but at the moment both is fitting the best for me. But i definitely prefer playing livesets, since they’re way more intense for me and motivate me to keep going and give me new perspectives on my own productions; for example if I see, how a certain element of a track can make a difference in the club. That’s something you can just hardly predict in the studio.
What is the coolest or craziest gig you have ever played & why?
I think the craziest gig was an open air in Craiova, Romania. I arrived there (i must have been about 20 years old) and didn’t knew anything about how will pick me up; will the person speak english; how long will the travel be to the venue.
In the end the driver didn’t speak english, we had a 300km drive about 4 hours long and the open air was in deepest Romania in a forest on a hill. But it was a great evening, great vibes and everything went fine in the end. 🙂
What’s your deepest, darkest secret?
Since it’s a secret I’m not allowed to tell you. 😛
What do do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
I have plenty of demos in the pipeline, where I/we are currently looking for the right labels. At the end of a year I will have a follow up EP on Kuukou Records. Everything before is currently not fixed yet.
Gig-wise festival season is in full effect and I enjoy playing at some local festivals and open airs in the next weeks.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
When I’m playing DJ sets or compiling podcasts I never go for the newest and hottest stuff in the scene. I more like and respect older and classic tracks but try to present tracks, not everybody might have heard once. There’s some artists and labels i really love and those often find their way into my mixes. Same thing is for my radio show here.
A little surprise: my upcoming track „Lightning“ on Constant Circles.