Jessica Diaz // Tzinah Podcast // Interview // February 2014 //

Jessica_Diaz_BADj and producer – from Cordoba, Argentina (1987) She began her career in the djing at the age of 15. Gradually, Jessica had usual presentations in local club is her town. In 2006 she decides to start her studies as sound technician, meanwhile, she founds herself producing, mixing styles such as Deep House, Techno and Dub. Her productions offer a deep atmosphere & groove, combining minimalist sounds & soundscapes. Characterized of her particular style, her productions are supported by great artists like: Marco Carola, tINI, Enzo Siragusa , Dubfire, Luciano, Nadja Lind, Paco Osuna, Miss Jools, Patrice Meiner, Randall M, Chris Lattner, Jun Akimoto, Ittetsu, Julie Marghilano, Brett Jacobs, Chad Andrew, Someone Else, Dirty Culture, Massimo Cassini, Mihai Popoviciu & many more. Her second EP has been released in early 2013, climbing the Top 4 in Beatport Minimal sales. She has been participating on radios and exclusive web-based electronic music in Germany, Russia, Portugal, England, France, Romania & USA.

Tzinah Records: So how did all begin for you?
Jessica Diaz: It was when I was 15, in 2002, when I started djing, but I started doing it professionally in 2009, due to production.

Tzinah Records: Where did your name came from?
Jessica Diaz: From my Dad & Mom. At the beginning, I thought about using an artistic name, but this is who I am, and that’s all.

Tzinah Records: What role does the artist have in society in your opinion? Why do you do what you do?
Jessica Diaz: I can answer this question with a good quote: “Music (and the art in general) gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” & I do what I do because the sounds & music make me free, and nothing is more important than freedom.

Tzinah Records: Why did you chose to play this music?
Jessica Diaz: I always have been into Minimal, sometimes more Deep or more Dub, but now I feel than I found a great balance between these sounds. Anyway I don’t like to talk about genres/styles or whatever.. it’s only about what you really feel.

Tzinah Records: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.
Jessica Diaz: well, everything about Nature & Animals is always my best inspiration. They are my passion, as well as music.

Tzinah Records: What is your point of view on labeling genres? Music is so complex and genres get intermingled so often these days. What is your opinion regarding this blend and you think we should find names for them or just let them be?
Jessica Diaz: I don’t like labeling genres, but maybe it’s necessary to bring order, despite It isn’t always correct because music is so complex as you said. It usually happens that I cannot label my tracks in a specific style.

Tzinah Records: What do you think about the music scene in your country? What is your opinion about European underground music scene, new talents, old producers, what do you think about Romanian artists?
Jessica Diaz: Throughout these years, I have seen ups and downs in the nightlife (especially in Cordoba, my city). But fortunately, it manages to keep itself alive. There is a lot to learn in terms of culture, and I also think that there are a lot of artists that people must have the opportunity to listen to them, and know their music. Usually promoters use to work with the same old artists. But there was a gig recently, that made me really happy, and it was tINI, who is one of my favorite artists. People were enjoying and smiles everywhere.
Everything is Movement. I like to see how everything is changing, how new artists evolves, that makes me really happy, particularly in the underground scene.
I really like the Romanian artists, they have a very well defined sound, with spotless atmospheres. Rhadoo never ceases to amaze me. He is one of the best djs I have listenened lately.

Tzinah Records: If you could pick one place you would like to play where would it be and why?
Jessica Diaz: mmm, Ibiza Underground! I was there last season and it was one of my favorite places on the island for sure. Everything was connected: a little place, good people, good music from the most underground artists and beautiful energy.

Tzinah Records: If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?
Jessica Diaz: I can speak about the music industry of my country: We need more Respect & opportunities for the artists from our country. There are so many artists waiting for being discovered.

Tzinah Records: Out of all tunes you have made, which one you think  ‘never fails’?
Jessica Diaz: “Wednesday”. That track was born in Ibiza, on wednesday, because it was the day I enjoyed the most in the island.

Tzinah Records: How do you see yourself changed over the years, both personal and music-wise and what did you learn?
Jessica Diaz: A lot! 2012 was a great year for me, in terms of music. I decided to quit my old job, despite the drawbacks, I went back to the countryside and I locked myself in the recording studio. I was focused on production. I learned so much and I also grew up a lot that year, but the best thing was that I could find my own “sound”. It was the best decision I made in years.

Tzinah Records: What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Jessica Diaz: Just music inspires my every moment of my live. My family & my friends, who have the same passion for music like me.

Tzinah Records: What else do you do besides playing music?
Jessica Diaz: I help animals & nature. I think we need to be more aware of them: respect & care them.

Tzinah Records: What makes you angry?
Jessica Diaz: any animal abuse!!! I hate zoos, aquariums and circuses that work with animals. They are born to be free!

Tzinah Records: What is your favorite food?
Jessica Diaz: kiwi, mango & avocado! I can eat them everyday. I’m vegetarian since 4 years ago.

Tzinah Records: What computer/gear do you use?

Macbook with Ableton, midi controllers & tascam to record my own soundscapes. And sometimes some hardware from friends.

Tzinah Records: It sounds quite easy to make music today, with the amount of software programs/synths being readily available for everyone. What do you think about this evolution?
Jessica Diaz: Personally, it has helped me a lot because it is very difficult to buy and get hardware here due to costs, that’s why I have to buy them abroad, at a higher price.

Tzinah Records: Dark electronic music has been never as “popular” throughout the scene as it has been in the past few years. Why do you think there is this newfound fascination for darker music?
Jessica Diaz: well, I don’t really know. I have always been on the dark side :P

Tzinah Records: Do you have the fondness for playing vinyl or have you developed a preference for new media, such as CDs or a purely digital format?
Jessica Diaz: I love vinyls because I started to learn djing with them, But it has some disadvantages, too. For example, I cannot get them easily in the place that I live, and they are also really expensive here. Anyway, the most important thing, is the music you play.

Tzinah Records: What are you working on at the moment? Any present and future projects that you want to share with us?
Jessica Diaz: Recently I have finished working on a project with my friend Crocodile Soup, which will be released in vinyl. I am also working in my next release with a Madrid-based label, Showreel records, it is going to be released in vinyl too, with some remixes but I cannot say much in advance at the moment J
Thanksss <3

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