jOBOT (Joe Wendt), who started as a classically trained jazz bassist, has turned himself into an electronic force. With his newest EP Until Tender, he focuses on Glitch sounds that emanate with sexy synth and wobble vibes. jOBOT knows when to turn the tempo out, which lures his listeners to get up and get weird on the dance floor. Check out jOBOT’s interview as well as some glitch-tastic tunes below.
How would you describe your sound(s)?
I’ve never been very good at talking about myself… but ill go ahead and give it a shot. I’d say my sound is an amalgamation of inspiration from my friends, fellow Headtron artists, and anything else that moves me. It’s really hard to describe one’s own sound in a few words, because I’d like to think that my “sound” is constantly evolving. That is what I strive to do as an artist, at least.
When did you first start performing?
I first started performing in blues and funk bands in high school, playing bass. I then moved to Miami to get a degree in Studio Music and Jazz bass at University of Miami and played in a number of bands out there as well. I never started producing and performing electronic music until a couple of years ago (so that means 2010 I guess?)
What drives you to explore different musical genres?
I think what drives me to explore different genres is that I really like to listen to a multitude of different genres. I also like the challenge as a producer to try and re-create different stylistic ideas that are more fitted to different genres, while still keeping my own personal flare.
How has your music style transformed over the years?
Wow. Has it EVER transformed. I went from playing in blues and funk bands (and writing funk/fusion tunes) to playing strictly jazz, to being completely immersed in glitch, dubstep, breaks, electro and drum and bass in a matter of 6 years. It seems like somewhat of a long time but then one has to consider so many people in the jazz scene play post bop basically their entire lives. And the same goes for blues and funk artists as well (in some, not all, cases).
What is the craziest show you have ever played?
My set on the Malthus (False Profit) art car at Burning Man this year on the night of the burn… I was on LSD and ended up playing for just under 7 hours. That was pretty crazy.
What do you think draws people to the combination of both live and electronic sounds?
I think it gets people in touch with their roots… electronic music hasn’t really been around that long, and it certainly hasn’t been at the forefront of popular music. Also, in a live setting, it’s engaging for a crown to SEE music being created, not just mixed. And when it comes to vocals I think its because there is one instrument everyone plays (whether they know it or not) and that is the voice. People resonate with things that they do or have a personal connection with… like for me as a bassist, i like music with sick funky basslines… so its no surprise that EVERYONE likes a song with good lyrics.
What is the one thing people should know about you?
I am more excited than I have been in my entire life… excited to share my art with everyone that I can.
What’s next for jOBOT?
Lots of new collaborations, remixes, albums, and shows!!!
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