DJ's On Disposables | Jan Blomqvist

by Paulette Ely

Where a rock and roll mentality meets an electro-music energy, there resides Jan Blomqvist, the German production icon that you see on all of the best festival lineups. Jan and his band do not fall into one genre, but rather let their complex connection with music as a whole shape and define the sound of each and every song. Jan is a visionary, yet has a gloomy persona that grounds him to what is really right in front of him, beyond the cheers and shouts of the crowd. He dissects every aspect of his life into their deep rooted meanings, and does the same with each chord and bass line he plays. I had the pleasure of picking the brain of one of the most unique artists I have ever met. Read the interview below and make sure to catch his next set in Mexico, Europe, or anywhere in between.

Photo by:  Paulette Ely

Photo by: Paulette Ely

You have such a unique sound that can be seem as similar to Lo-Fi or dreamy, how would you define your sound?

It’s always difficult to find my own sound. I think for me it’s important to give people a certain vibe of being melancholy but then happy at the end, and I try to reach this point with melancholy melodies which always turn out to give a happy feeling. I use major chords but sing in a melancholic vocal like Kurt Cobain. That is the way that I want to express myself, and I support this with massive bass pads. You cannot play chords on bass, but you can play two tones. This is a trick to give the bass more warmth and more chord feeling even thought it’s not. You actually can create new chords because of the bass range and the layer on top, it’s really interesting to experiment with that. I like minimal beats, 808 raw sounds, 808 toms is my favorite, and claps and snares. I always try to make it myself, but some is layered with samples. I love to give it all an organic sound and layer with everything, like little tiny guitar sounds, piano sounds to make it more organic and to give it more life. And then, the lyrics of course. I try to make it “Bob Dylan-ish,” I guess you could say.

How have your experiences around the world shaped your sound?

Not much actually, because the music is in my head, it doesn't matter where I am. Traveling does change my character of course. I have so much stress in my life, so nothing can get me on fire anymore. For example yesterday, the car started burning on the highway. I jumped out of the car, and then it started to rain. I was like, “Wow, I’m going to miss my flight to Coachella,” but then I realized it really always does work out. I suddenly saw an uber stopping and I was like “Yes, take me, please.” It was all about keeping cool and positive thinking. 

This year you're performing at Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, and basically around the world. To you, what’s the difference between being a performer and a festival goer?

Well, at Fusion Festival, everyone goes there and stays and plays 90 minutes or 2 hours and then parties. At Coachella, you come, you work, and you leave. We try to have a nice afterparty with friends, but it’s really well organized for actually working.

What’s next for you?

I’m really interested in finding my middle way again. I think for every person, it’s really important to live a balanced and happy life. Music is kind of a bitch, it really tricks you. Its so intense and so much fun and makes me so happy that I sometimes forget to sleep and eat. It’s really dangerous, because if you're so passionate with doing what you love, it’s hard to find your inner balance. I think after this massive summer 2019, I will maybe do a 3 week break in the mountains and come back to Earth and realize this lifestyle is crazy and I should be thankful and not work too much. We only have one life on this planet and one chance to be happy, so never work too much. That’s my biggest aim in the future. 

Listen to his music here!

Photos and Interview by: Paulette Ely