Jody Wisternoff has been implementing his production skills throughout the music industry for well over 2 decades and constantly developing his sound, which is still extremely fresh.
He is the latest producer to take the rains for the the Anjunadeep 05 compilation. We caught up with him to find out the process behind his mix and the transition through the decades.
Thanks very much for taking the time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
It's my pleasure! Right now I am back at home in the UK, sat in the garden on this lovely late summers day. Just got back from Bucharest where I played an outdoor party on Saturday night at a private villa, incredible vibes! This week I intend to get deep on the studio tip, lots of exciting new stuff in the pipeline.
You’ve just been in control of your first Anjunadeep mix how was that for you? Could you tell us a little bit about the process behind it?
We started taking submissions last summer, I hit up a bunch of producers/friends and also did a lot of Soundcloud surfing. All the Anjunadeep stalwarts were approached, and I specifically wrote a few originals and remixes for the comp. Near the end of the process I decided to reshape a few of the tracks that had already been released as singles, to keep things fresh for the comp.
You worked closely with James Grant on this project how has your relationship developed with the label boss and the rest of the Anjunadeep team since releasing your solo album on the label?
I speak with various members of the team on a pretty much daily basis, and visit the office whenever I am in London. They are a great bunch of hard working people who definitely enjoy an after works drink.
We understand that you are still working on projects with Nick Warren. How has you’re sound developed since you put Way Out West on hold?
I think my sound is in a constant state of development, a lot of the recent material has been on a slightly deeper tip compared to the more proggy vibe of now and the earlier JW stuff like Lassoo etc.. Who knows where I will go next?
Speaking of sound, we can imagine you’ve learnt many production tricks over the years, have you got something that you can share with our readers?
I've always loved layering bass sounds . Most of my bass lines consist of at least 6 tracks using similar but slightly contrasting tones, all working together to create something that hopefully has more movement and life than just a standard low end riff.
You must have collected some incredible production kit over the years. Have you got a favourite piece of equipment which features throughout your productions?
I love the Macbeth M5N semi-modular synth. Its basically a modern version of the famous Arp2600, it has a very unique sound and is amazing for detroit style stabs and dirty bass lines. I use it in every track!
You’ve been in the music scene for well over 2 decades now, as a business how do you think the industry has evolved and have you got any tips for the youngsters out there?
My advice as always is just to make sure you are doing this for the right reasons. Music isn't a shortcut to an easy life full of fast cars and loose women, it is an expression of creativity that keeps you sane. If you do not feel extremely passionate and think about it 24/7, then this is not the game for you.
Your performing at the Anjunadeep album launch party in Leeds with In Progress, what can we expect? How will you showcase the album?
The party is in October so I will be dropping whatever is hot for me then, no doubt testing a few new demos from the studio too. I will of course include stuff from Deep 05 though, as this is timeless music.
Your gig schedule is extremely busy over the coming months taking you from the US, to Romania and beyond. How do you manage to find time to fit it all in and spend time with the family?
Its a juggling act for sure, but I usually have enough time at home during the week to do all the family type stuff.
Finally what’s over the horizon for you Jody?
Plenty of new music coming up, visiting previously uncharted territories and hopefully world domination.
A big thanks to Jody for taking the time out to speak with us. You can catch Jody at the Mint Club in Leeds on Friday October 11th for the Anjunadeep 05 album launch party.
Buy your ticket at Trackitdown and get a free download.
Jody Wisternoff's recommended tracks
I first heard an early instrumental demo of this as one of the Deep05 submissions last year, and loved the vibe instantly. The newly added hauntingly beautiful vocal just tops it off though, this is classic Vincenzo at the top of his game.
My hometown of Bristol's always impressive Futureboogie label unleash another tasty slice of classic oldskool yet at the same time forward thinking house music. Need you is my choice track on this EP . Dusty 909 beats, classy early 90s style strings, a sexy-ass bassline.. what more do you need?
This Minnie Ripperton sampling little beauty is a classy affair, rolling out the heavy bass but keeping the vibe angelic and uplifting due to the use of the famous “two people“ vocal. Weighty, yet gentle, this sets the mood of the night perfectly.
Being a huge fan of Tim Paris and John Tejada, and pretty much everything MFRR release, expectations were high for this and it does not disappoint ! Georg Levin effortlessly nails the vocal and the feel of this remix is very organic,smooth and analog in a classic Tejada stylee. This has been big for me this year, a great release.
Fresh from their incredible outing on Anjunadeep, the eclectic sounding and elusively titled Peacemaker Project return with another classy slice of warm and soulful house music. Live instruments a plenty, a highly emotional chord progression, and beautiful female vocals make this a tune to die for.
A seriously infectious vocal hook and really vibey feel good track remixed by the masterful hands of Mr Boratto. Gui retains the melodic value of the original but approaches things from a cooler angle. There is also a dub mix which I marginally prefer, still retaining the best bits of the vox but giving the track more of an edge. A big hit this summer, no doubt.
This has been huge for me lately, a very quirky peak time melodic techno groover with a seriously haunting vocal from Bonnie Rabson. Lyrically borrowing from Humpty Dumpty in places gives this track an almost humourous quality. Unorthodox yet highly effective, this is a biggie.
Yet another stunning vocal tune. This is the perfect warm up vibe, soothing piano chords and spine tinglingly beautiful vocals set the atmosphere perfectly on the floor. Simple yet effective, and great to hear Pete Gooding on such top form.
My latest release on Anjunadeep and a clear example of the deeper end of my production and DJ style. Taking inspiration from the early chicago house vibe with some Trevor Horn style chords thrown in for good measure, this has been warming up my sets for the last year and always seems to get a great response.
The perfect blending of styles, Biceps UK vibe meets SMD the masters of analog synthesis ! A huge uplifting affair, crushing 909 beats and the dopest tech stabs you have ever heard. This is a very big record and causes extreme damage whenever dropped!
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