The next release from Zatar Music continues the party from volume 1 – keeping the groove locked into the label’s distinct subtle yet effective vibe.

A split release between Brazilian duo and French producer, Jas/t, we caught up with the latter for a chat about his track Reflective. 

Hi, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today! How has the year been treating you so far?

Hey, thanks for having me! This year has been fantastic. I kicked off a new musical project in April. I’ve been part of the House scene for quite a while under a different name, and I’m genuinely excited about what’s on the horizon.

Where do you think the impulse to create music comes from for you?

Jas/t: For me, producing music is therapeutic. It’s not something I force myself to do; it’s a genuine need. If I’m not creating music every week, I feel down. Even when I’m traveling, I try to produce some tracks, just me and my AirPods.

Were there any specific inspirations behind your new single, Reflective?

Usually, I start with the drums and find inspiration from there. Oriental music also played a role in shaping the lead melody.

How did you connect with Phonique and Zatar for this release?

Ark Nomads, who are good friends of mine, introduced me to Phonique. I’m thrilled to join the Zatar label, and it’s been a great experience collaborating with them on this project.

What are some key elements or techniques you incorporate in your production to capture the unique essence of melodic house?

The drum groove is paramount to me. I always begin with my signature groove on Ableton. I frequently use tools like the Maschine MK2, Battery from Native Instruments, and Ableton’s native Drum Rack. Then, I craft a catchy bassline with Serum. Melodic Techno is about deep emotions, progression, and energy, while Melodic House has a more chill, groove-focused approach. I enjoy creating both styles.

Can you delve into your strategy for arranging the elements to build an emotional narrative?

I generally start by creating a 32-bar loop. Once I’m satisfied with the groove and its elements, I focus on structure, ensuring it’s as progressive as possible. Progression and structure are crucial for crafting an emotional story.

Tell us about your current studio setup. Any go-to equipment?

I’ve mentioned the Maschine MK2. I’m also a big fan of the Arturia Analog Lab suite. Recently, I’ve transitioned to a more “in-the-box” approach. All my melodies and structures stem from my imagination. Also, I often lend my voice to my tracks, which adds another layer to them.

Which artists currently inspire you?

I’ve always been drawn to ’80s new wave bands like Alphaville, New Order, A-ha, Depeche Mode, Indochine etc. Their influence is evident in my melodies. Currently, I’m inspired by the Afterlife crew, including Adriatique, Marino Canal, and Massano, and also by Anjunadeep’s sound, especially artists like CRi, Durante, Dosem, and Fejka.

Share some of your memorable performances from 2023…

A few standout moments were my peak time sets at Le Petit Salon with the XLR Events crew in Lyon. More recently, I had an incredible B2B with Stephan Jolk in the club’s second room. He’s not just a talented artist but a genuinely fun guy to be around.

What can we anticipate from you in the coming months and next year?

Expect more releases, major collaborations, and live captures with Alyv – a video project I’ve initiated with a couple of friends.

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