Getting To Know… Jason Herd

Manchester’s Jason Herd has been on the dance scene for 25 years, releasing on top labels such as on Defected, Subliminal Azuli, Toolroom, Moody and CR2, to name a few. Making a welcome return to the arena in 2019 with a brand new release on his own Weirdo label, we grabbed a chat to find out more about his massive contribution to dance music and what he’s got up his sleeve this year..

 

f: What came first for you, DJing or making music?

Jason Herd: DJing, we used to go to the raves and Hacienda and go back to peoples houses and just mess around on the decks all night. Once I had started getting gigs in Manchester, there was a DJ who had a studio in Manchester and we used to see him in Eastern Bloc every week and he’d try getting me in the studio but I didn’t believe I could do it. Anyway, one week he offered me a free day and that was it, I go to the bug, bought his old brown Mac and just dedicated every free minute to making music.

 

f: Describe your sound?

Jason Herd: I like a journey with music as I started warming up for the like of Frankie Knuckles, David Morales etc at Babooshka in Birmingham so I like Deep house (Naked Music) to house and uplifting vocal and piano house.

 

f: What was the first dance record you bought?

Jason Herd: Donal Rush “Symphony” Steve Hurley Remix, I’d heard it in the Hacienda and needed it even though I had no decks.

Who are your musical influences? Simple, everything on Def Mix to Joey Negro or labels like Strictly, AM:PM, Defected but soul and disco are my roots.

 

f: Which of your own tracks was the biggest labour of love to create?

Jason Herd: I love all my old tracks on my old labels J:Soul and J:Funk, they came from the heart in every way.

 

f: And what is your biggest release to date?

Jason Herd: Well it has to be Herd & Fitz ft Abigail Bailey “I Just Can’t Get Enough” on my label J:Funk first then Subliminal as a full vocal, that and my other Subliminal releases carved a career for me.

 

f: You also run your own Weirdo label, how’s that going and who can we find on there?

Jason Herd: It was a bit all over the place when I started it, I Was a bit lost with the scene to be truly honest, I needed to make money and following the trends slightly but as things have changed recently, I am going back to making music for love as that was the best music I made so I am rebooting the label with the Michelle Weeks remix. The label is as my sets, a journey from Deep to Soulful to straight up House into classy funky house dare I say and uplifting peak time house and dubs. Anything I would play now. I’m not aiming to be on a certain label or genre specific but it will all be based around house and songs.

f: Tell us about your new remix single – Juan Kidd, DJ Jorj & Michelle Weeks ‘Be Real’ (Jason Herd Remixes) and what we can expect to hear?

Jason Herd: Well I have a load of tracks ready to go and we have been struggling finishing the vocals but I wanted to get a track out before 2019 so I dug out this vocal and remixed it.

 

f: You record under various aliases, covering lots of different dance genres, please tell us a little about those?

Jason Herd: Well when I just came out and hit the charts soulful and vocal house died off to Tech and Electro so Jon and I stopped doing vocal house productions and I started Juan Kidd, I was going tech and did my first track with Yousef which got signed to Azuli which was a great label. Next I made “Now Your Gone” which went no1 Beatport for quite a while, I loved that record it was tech but had soul and everyone was playing it, I then got management who pushed me towards America and electro and I fucked that one up, to be honest, I was doing it for the wrong reasons. Then I started Cabarza and Pirate Copy, I love Tech House and always listened and went to the Ibiza nights, it was a no brainer and I am still making the Cabarza Music.

 

f: You make a lot of collaborations on your productions, which have been your favourite so far and who else would you most like to work with?

Jason Herd: I’ve only collaborated with friends so all of them but I’d love to work with Jazz n Groove they are the masters for music in my opinion, India for a vocalist and Alecia Keys to make a track with, I reckon it would be a game changer.

 

f: Over the years you’ve DJ’ed all over the world and graced most Ibiza clubs with a set, where is your favourite place to play and where would you most like to play next?

Jason Herd: Ooooooh, there’s too many. Subliminal at Pacha every time, One Love / Stereosonic Australia was special times too.

 

f: What are your Top 5 weapons that always smash the dancefloor?

Jason Herd: Well the 1st has to be the most requested
Herd & Fitz ft Abigail Bailey “I Just Can’t Get Enough”
Kid Creme “Hypnotizin”
UBP “Testify” UBP Sunday Vocal Mix
Sandy B “Feel Like Singing”
Oliver $ “Doin Ya Thing”

 

f: What was your highlight of 2018 and what are you most looking forward to in 2019?

Jason Herd: Falling back in love with making music, 2019 is all about releasing high-quality music, watch this space.

 

f: Any tips or advice for aspiring djs and producers looking to break through on the scene?

Jason Herd: Keep to what you love and don’t rush tracks out, my two biggest mistakes.

 

f: You’ve seen the music scene change a lot over the years since you first started out, how does it compare to now and looking back what precious advice would you give to yourself?

Jason Herd: I think a lot of music is more throw away now, there are so many tracks I can remember from clubbing and back in the day, I don’t think the recent clubber will have as many, I mean 4-minute tracks, fuck that! Thank God for records like Lovebirds “ In My Soul” that are just as magical as KOT Finally. There is some beautiful tech out there as well but a lot seems generic.

 

f: What else are you working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Jason Herd: I’m working on tracks with Lisa Millett, Davos & E-Man and some hot new talent from Manchester. I am producing a band called 161 that are a semi-live house band, they are awesome musicians.

 

Words by Favouritizm

 

‘Be Real’ (Jason Herd Remixes) will be released on Traxsource promo on 18th January / full release on February 1st 2019 on Weirdo Recordings.
https://soundcloud.com/jasonherd

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