South African native Jaydon Lewis has been killing the EDM producer game over the past couple of months, demonstrating his unique talents through his most recent projects. Constantly exploring a wide array of electronic sounds, we never know what to expect from him other than either an absolute original banger or an intricately pleasing remixed track. From his popular remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” to his most fresh original “Runaway” featuring Chianosky, Jaydon has showcased an incomparable level of production despite his young age.
Always keeping it fresh, Jaydon’s distinctively melodious sounds are ones easy to vibe to. He has been dropping some pretty exquisite back-to-back track remixes and originals in such a short amount of time, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store soon enough. His latest releases include a rework of Ruth B.’s “Rare” and Young Bombs’ “Starry Eyes,” both of which reflect Jaydon’s unparalleled mixing abilities impeccably. With a sound as unusual as his, it’s no doubt as to why his name is on the rise to the top of the charts. We got to talking with Jaydon ourselves, exploring his insight on his music career, most recent projects, and more. Check out our full interview with him below!
The Nocturnal Times: You recently turned 18 and have already accumulated over 150 million streams across your media platforms. What inspired you to start creating music at such a young age?
Jaydon Lewis: My dad taught me the basics of computers at a very young age, and after watching and being inspired by my cousin DJ’ing, it motivated me to download DJ software. I started out with DJ’ing and always wanted to know where and how music was created, so I did a bit of research and came across the program called “fl studio,” which is a music production software. From the age of 7, I just kept experimenting with different sounds and beats until I improved and perfected my own style of making electronic music.
The Nocturnal Times: What is it like to be an artist in the electronic dance music world at such a young age? Are there any challenges you face?
Jaydon Lewis: It’s pretty cool that being only 18, I have people that are producers or just music lovers who are older than me that look up to me because of my music. I don’t think I face any challenges associated with my age now that I’m 18. Before, bookings were difficult since most clubs are 18+. Like all producers, I face the same challenges with writer’s block, perfecting tracks, and making original sounds.
The Nocturnal Times: You are constantly acknowledged as “South Africa’s Martin Garrix.” Was he a form of inspiration for you in how you envisioned yourself as an artist?
Jaydon Lewis: It’s very humbling to be compared to such a legend. He is a big inspiration to me because he changed the game at a young age, and it motivates me to be even better and bigger. It’s a goal of mine to follow in his footsteps and create my own genre for other producers to be inspired and create a new sound and trend for EDM!
The Nocturnal Times: How would you describe your signature sound? Is there any type of experimenting you’ve been working on for your next track?
Jaydon Lewis: My general sound consists of me experimenting with distorted and heavy-hitting dynamic sounds. I’d say that what makes me different than other artists is that I try to push the boundaries and always try to be versatile with genres. I have two tracks that will come out soon. One of them experiments a sort of Summer-track feel and the other experiments with more of a darker energy and vibe. I also went a bit experimental trap for my Young Bombs “Starry Eyes” remix, highlighting my common touch on dynamic sounds and distortion.
The Nocturnal Times: Speaking of your “Starry Eyes” remix, you recently released that on Astralwerks and your remix of Ruth B.’s “Rare” just came out on Columbia. What was the specific vision you had for those two tracks?
Jaydon Lewis: For “Starry Eyes” I really wanted to make something raw and wavy. The vocal was really nice and allowed me to create that distorted vocal chop for the drop. I definitely think that it has the energy and punch that I set out to create. The Ruth B. remix was an absolute honor. Her voice is insane and I fell in love the first time I heard “Rare.” Fortunately, her team brought me on to do the remix so I set out to create something that respected her artistic vision and talent while also elevating the original. That’s why I didn’t speed it up or try to do any crazy drops. I kept it chill, which is a little different for me. Overall, I really love the final product.
The Nocturnal Times: What’s next in your development as an electronic music artist?
Jaydon Lewis: I have a couple of originals that we’re finalizing now that I mentioned above. Besides those, I have a really exciting collaboration with a legend in the game that I can’t wait to release. I am also working on some other goodies that I can’t quite share yet, but it’s going to be a treat 🙂
The Nocturnal Times: What other artists in the industry inspire you/would you like to collaborate with in the near future?
Jaydon Lewis: I look up to and would love to collaborate with San Holo, Afrojack, Charli XCX, and KSHMR!
The Nocturnal Times: Do you have any advice you’d like to give any music aficionados out there that share the same dream as you, specifically those in your age range?
Jaydon Lewis: My biggest piece of advice is to stay consistent and to not follow trends. I developed my sound by remaking some of the songs that I really liked, which forced me to play around with new genres and sounds that somehow turned into my signature sound.
Featured photos via Jaydon Lewis Facebook.
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