JackEL has been turning heads with his music since the very young age of 14. He began his DJ/producing career early, spinning hard dance & EDM in his home town of EDMonton, AB Canada. At age 16 he released his first single with well-known rapper MiMS on his track Too Young to Die (feat. Mims) .
10 years later JackEL maintains a residency in Las Vegas, NV home of his record label FVYDID. JackEL has accumulated over 8 million Spotify streams, and has charted on over 30 of his original releases. His latest single Upgrade It is out now on FVYDID and is currently listed #1 for over a week straight on Beatport Electro House Top 100.
In 2019 JackEL released on 13+ notable record labels with a combined fan base of 10+ million subscribers, releases on Play records, Dub All or Nothing, Firepower records, Rough Records, UFO Recordz + many more. JackEL’s collaboration album with Grammy Award Recipient Skip Martin was released on his own label and accumulated over a million streams thus far on Spotify.
JackEL has performed over 250+ gigs, playing at “Tao Beach Club” & “Club Kudeta” in Busan, South Korea. No stranger to the mainstage DJing EDC LV 2019 & opening up for Afrojack at Grave Diggers Ball in South Carolina.
This is just the beginning of a unique EDM + all genre artist and sound that will remain echoing through speakers worldwide.
- Tell us about that first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
My first single that I actually officially released was titled Too Young To Die and It’s currently online and is featuring rapper MIMS. It was a record I made with 2 other producers DJFNA & DOKKAEBI. We formed a trio group that never got released, and we toured in South Korea.
- Tell us about your latest release ‘Forever Wanting’, working with JLM?
I’m happy with how the song turned out. Took us awhile to really make, and we went through different singers trying to get it perfect, eventually only releasing the instrumental.
JLM and I have performed together and made a couple songs by now together.
The song is a powerful melodic tune with a lot of energy and movement. Forever Wanting doesn’t stop moving once it starts.
Listen to ‘Forever Wanting’ on Spotify!
- What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ and producer?
There is many memorable nights as a DJ/Producer but one that stands out is DJing EDC LV 2019 on the Forest House cart. It was epic because of the crowd, the vibe, the noise.
Insomniac really through a great rave and I dream about it often.
I remember this exact same weekend I went and met FISHER DIPLO / TCHAMI + more at Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas and DIPLO came up to me and my bro RV3RS and asked us if he can hit our joint! EPIC
- Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you.
I’m a full time hockey player in Las Vegas and since I’m Canadian I’ve really always been a hockey player. I love to play, and soon will be recording my games via GoPro but stay tuned.
I’ve always been athletic and used my drive and determination to overcome. I was actually ‘on tour’ with my hockey driving game to game in our tour bus when I realized I had to pick music over hockey. I got a job from Christina Aguilera to remix her song My Body which I had to focus on. I didn’t have the time to focus on my hockey as seriously so I calmed that down a bit.
- Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
I wish I could say something off the top, but really every one of my favourite songs I’ve had to move on from and not listen to as often to be able to really enjoy it. A song piece that’s around 3 minutes can get old easy but a longer song around 6-10 can be rinsed out for a very long time.
CALMELPHAT – Panic Room is a banger!
- Dream collaboration and why?
My dream collaboration is with Deadmau5, I would love to pick his mind, and see his process more in depth and play with his external modular gear. There are so many artists on Mau5trap that really impress me including Mr.Bill
- If you could play any festival, which would it be?
Tomorrowland would be a dream calm true since I’ve been watching that for 10+ years on Youtube. I would love to join the stage of great artists and throw down a JackEL original set. So many festivals now I can’t wait to experience the world wide fun.
- How do you get a track started? Tell us a bit about your production process. How long does it take you to complete a track on average and do you ever get writer’s block?
Songs are always different for me, but like many greats I usually go into producing with either a start or no start. Sometimes I pick up a guitar and sing and write a song then go produce it, or sometimes I’ll plug a guitar in and just jam until I get something. Sometimes I’ll get my drums processing going and start there and then add bass / melodies after the drums. Although the process is always different to start to me, once I start rolling I like to make sure I get the production / mix elements together. Forming an idea, and making sure each channel is moderately mixed. Usually I’ll have the vibe in mind soon after beginning on a song. There has been times I’ve zoned in and started and finished a song or two in one day. But more common these days for me is producing a start, then revisiting it for days or weeks or months until I really resonate with the song, and then I’m literally putting my 100% focus into this one song to make it 100%. It takes me hours and days to make sure a song is 100% finished by mixing it / mastering it/ sending it around / playing it on many speakers. Once I belive I’ve done my job and produced the song to the best of my abilities then I usually get myself and some friends to try masters on it and see which master the label likes most.
I actually get writers block often, but once I’m in the flow I’m in the flow. I think absolute BEST thing to do is not fight the universal order. If you’re not supposed to be writing you probably wont be able to. Sometimes instead of writing a song it’s best to organize your samples, and create synths. Never be lazy as an artist, but don’t force yourself either!
- Latest track / EP? What are you working on currently? Tell us more!
I just released my latest track Forever Wanting with UFO Recordz which I’m jazzed about!
This song was a collab with JLM and we worked very hard on it. It took us longer then a year for sure to get it perfect. We had multiple singers try to help us sing on it but we didn’t pick anyone.
I am releasing Straight To Your Head a dubstep banger featuring vocalist Michael Black and Grammy award winning trumpet player Skip Martin. This dubstep banger I finished up in Jamaica this year and it’s sure to bang any system out. Coming out on Bass Boost Official aka Outertone March 12.
Pain (VIP) a single of mine is coming out May on Magic Music that has a great singer Merdix Antwinette on it. She’s young and fun to work with, the song is a pop hit for sure!
I’m working on a new single with my friend OneAndOnly in Amsterdam, we have huge plans for this single.
I’m working on many projects of all genres, and I can’t wait to set more release dates for them all! Be sure to follow me on my socials for more info and more locked dates @officialJackEL
Listen to ‘Forever Wanting’ on YouTube
- The relationship between the audience and the DJ is crucial, and yet it seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
I grew up in bands, and touring with bands, so I believe a live show is about energy and performing. I hate standing behind the tables and looking and being bored. Instead bringing out a guitar is fun and or playing drums or any element to spice it up. Even if just DJing I will grab the mic and sing some of my songs.
I think letting everyone know you see them, you’re there with them and lets party. I like to dance, and I love watching people dance. Also I know how important really connecting with fans are, and I love meeting new supporters before or after shows, and staying connected for years via online!
- Where does the name JackEL come from?
Well actually I started as DJ BOMB but didn’t wanna have DJ in my name so I moved to Romboy, which wasn’t a long run. Then my dad said you should be called JackEL when I moved to Vegas at 15. I didn’t like the idea at first but then I loved it.
Jack E L is my real name I was born with so it made sense and felt right.
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JackEL & JLM – ‘Forever Wanting’ is OUT NOW! via UFO Recordz GET IT HERE!