INTERVIEW WITH JIQUI

Jordan Komarniski, also known as Jiqui, is a talented young producer from Vancouver, BC. After an extremely successful year in 2019, and a strong first half to 2020, Jiqui has truly began to make a name for himself in the dubstep scene.

Jiqui has scored some major label releases in the past years including releases with NSD: Black Label, Disciple, Ōdio Records, Kinphonic, and more. Jiqui has collaborated with many artists such as TRVCY, Sharps, Whales, just to name a few. He’s also had multiple features and premieres on The Dub Rebellion for both singles and mixes. Jiqui quickly solidified himself as one of the premier newcomers in the dubstep scene with his unique sound design, mixing and mastering. While gaining major support from artists such as Excision, Zomboy, Subtronics, and many more, the young Canadian producer has been stepping his game up in the studio and behind the booth. With his endless creativity in the studio, his energy during his live performances, and his dedication to his art, Jiqui is ready to take the dubstep scene by storm, to say the least! Read the interview below!

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Hi Jiqui! How are you doing?
Yo! I’m doing good, thanks for asking. Been trying to keep as busy as I can lately.

Take us back to the beginning, how did you found your passion into producing electronic music?
It all started way back when I was younger. I was hanging out at my friend’s place and he showed me Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex. I was instantly fascinated and absolutely loved it, the next day I downloaded a *totally legit* version of FL studio on my mom’s laptop and started immersing myself in the world of production. If you search hard enough you’ll be able to find some of my earlier tracks on youtube. They’re terrible LOL

Where comes the name Jiqui?
So there’s actually not really a crazy meaning behind it. The same friend who showed me Skrillex was helping me brainstorm ideas for the project and he said jiqui and it just kind of stuck. I thought about changing it but never went through with it.

How have you been staying productive during the quarantine period?
Honestly, I’ve been working on music non stop. I’ve really used this time to dial my production in and stack up some new tunes for the coming months. I think I’ve written close to 20 new tracks and started a whole lot more since it started. I’m definitely getting a bit tired, but I’m going to visit my girlfriend at the end of the month to get some much needed time away from everything so I’m looking forward to it!

You released an EP called “Shadow Dance” through NSD Black Label. Could you share the creative process behind about this EP?
The Shadow Dance EP
was derived from how I was feeling during a lot of the early stages of the pandemic. I was really going through a lot of personal stuff and kind of figuring out some important aspects of my life and it was really taking a toll on me, hence why all these tracks are so dark and dry. I really wanted to dial in my sound and try to do something that I felt was unique and representative of the emotions I was feeling at that time.

What is your favorite song from the EP?
Probably Shadow Dance. It was the first track of the EP I wrote, and I spent the most time perfecting and making it exactly how I wanted it.

Your “Shadow Dance” EP includes collaborations with Jkyl & Hyde and Guillotine. How did you end up working with these names?
Yeah so Stan (Guillotine) and I have been friends for a while now. I actually pitched the idea of my EP to him a while back when I was still working on the concepts and asked if he wanted to be a part of it, and the original version of Slug was something I had sitting around but really wanted to finish but was super stuck on. For jkyl & hyde, I’ve always loved their music and we had talked about working on a collab for a while and then they sent me the original idea for Fight and I was stuck on it for like a month and then had a breakthrough one day.

This quarantine period has been hard for music industry so now it’s time to support and support, any interesting new producers you would recommend to follow?
I love this question. My favorite producers right now are AKVMA, Viperactive, Evilnoiz, Blvnkspace, Crimson Child, JoeB, Exemplr, Veer, SEED, there’s so many but all these people are crushing it so hard.

Would you like to share something with the followers of Let the Bass Get You?
WEAR YOUR DAMN MASKS.


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