Essex born Jay Clarke is the latest addition to Ben Klock’s world renowned label, Klockworks. Also running his own label BLACKAXON which has a new upcoming release soon ‘Night City EP’ [BAXN003]. When Jay came over to Dublin to play in Hangar we gave him a camera to document his day.
Jay makes his return to Hangar on February 24. You can check out the event here.
Check out the pictures and the interview below.
Q: Klockworks is a world renowned label. How does it feel to be a part of the team and where do you see this taking your career?
A: It’s a great honour to have joined Klockworks. Ben has been a fantastic mentor and, as we all know, has a great ear. Seeing Ben [and the crowd] really dig my productions is very rewarding.
In terms of where this will take my career… I have no idea. My gig schedule has certainly increased and I’m excited to see where this journey takes me!
Q: You’ve released two strong EPs on your own label ‘BLACKAXON’ What motivated you to start this label?
A: It all started with my track ‘Entity’. It has been played in many clubs and in particular, time and time again at Berghain over the past few years. I’ve actually sat on the track (so to speak) since 2011 when I created it. I had been approached by various prospective labels but I never felt like it was the right time to release the track; maybe because at the time, I didn’t feel like I had anything to compliment it. Creating ‘Entity’ made me realise “yes this is what I want to do”. So after a fair few requests of “when is it going to be released?” I decided to bite the bullet and put my money where my mouth was, and so the journey begun.
Q: Has playing in some of London’s top nightclubs like fabric influenced your music productions and if so how?
A: I’ve spent many Saturday nights at fabric as an eagle-eyed clubber. So for me, fabric has actually been my education. My first club experience of Techno was when I was 18, that was in 2004. I had never been to a Techno party and was introduced to it by Claude Young and Technasia. I’m sure I will have many amazing experiences during my career, however this night literally changed my life and I will always hold this memory with the highest regard.
I believe that fabric is instrumental to who I have become as a DJ and an artist, before I was even given the privilege to open their birthday party last year. That was a very happy night; to be the DJ as well as the dancer.
Q: Can you tell me what’s next in terms of ‘BLACKAXON’ and if you have any other upcoming projects in the near future?
A: BAXN003 will be released towards the end of the year, so watch out for Night City EP!
Q: Your career rise has seen you play alongside some of the world’s biggest DJs like Dave Clarke, Ben Sims, Marcel Dettmann and more. In the beginning did you aspire to be like any of these artist and if so how does it feel to be playing along side them?
A: During my early days visiting fabric and The End, watching DJs like Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Robert Hood and Ben Sims on regular occasions really set the bar high! Of course, every aspiring child wants to be just like their hero, whether that’s in sports, science or music. These people influence us, educate us and inspire us. It reminds us of how good these people really are. They aren’t trying to change the world, they are helping people enjoy themselves.
Q: Seeing councils shutting down some of England’s best nightclubs and almost shutting down fabric (Back dated interview as fabric has now indefinitely shut its doors). Do you think this will have a big influence on the next generation of nightlife coming through?
A: As long as people still want to party, there will still be nightclubs. Clubs and promoters will always find a way to overcome these hurdles.
Q: With these nightclubs shutting down, Bloc weekend announcing it won’t return in 2017 and also the announcement of ‘London Dance Tunnel’ closing in August. Do you think it is a problem with the scene itself or the government cutting down on the nightlife? And how do you think we can combat this problem?
A: I don’t think that if has anything to do with the scene itself. It’s a product of property developers and the government; money and greed.
Q: Lastly if you could change one thing about the techno scene at the moment, what would it be and why?
A: I think people rush to release music, and in many cases release music too frequently. I’d like to see more artists taking their time to release their music.
Q: You’re known for your high energy pulsating mixes that get a crowd dancing instantly. What are your top four tracks to play out at the moment?
Ritzi Lee – Progress
Steve Poindexter – Demolition Man
Dyad – Social Dividend (Developer Remix)
Oliver Kucera – Voyage