Distorted piano madness
Hi JMII. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jami, I was born in Barcelona and I'm actually living in Berlin. JMII is my solo project (we have another project called Aster alongside Pettre) and my first record with this moniker is coming out this October on 100% Silk.
What can we expect from the new EP?
This EP, it's like a »Best Of...JMII« record. All of the tracks have been made during the last 2 years or so, and I think they show up in some way all the learning process I've been thru this time. It's a record full of bleep sounds, disco and Chicago house influenced rhythms, lots of synth melodies, conga rhythms, acid bass-lines, a little bit of sampling and some distorted piano madness.
Sounds good! How do you think your music fits in with ›the 100% sound‹?
My relation with 100% Silk started when they just had three records out. The first one, was Ital's debut and when I saw the teaser for that video, with all that busted vintage images of people dancing to that crazy song...I just felt in love with the label! Suddenly I started to think about some tracks that I had forgotten in my computer...So, that same day, I just decided to send a pair of tracks, and Amanda got back to me almost immediately saying that she loved the stuff. That was the beginning of the JMII project (because in that moment I wasn't planning at all to release any solo stuff). Since then, I've been sending tracks to the label, and they have been choosing the ones they felt closer to. Looking back to their catalog I feel like my tracks can fit well with the label because they have lots of that vintage/not-vintage and danceable/not-danceable records that helped them to keep away from the crowd.
I love Nu Groove which in London might be described as slo-mo or balearic. As it was recorded a while ago would you consider this a fair label for the music that you are producing now?
Well, that song was in fact recorded like 4 or 5 years ago. Despite it being a very old track I still like to play it out from time to time. I don't really feel that good with a major part of the songs that I composed long time ago...so yes, that one is still on my Soundcloud because it still represents the sounds I like.
Have you any future releases planned for the near future that we should be getting excited about?
Yes. There are two Aster records coming out on the following months. Both on John Talabot's Hivern label. The first one is actually finished and will feature a terrific Bicep remix, and the other one is in the oven. As JMII, I have tons of unreleased material that I'm actually sending to 100% Silk. I have enough material to release two or three records during 2013... but nothing's closed yet!
Will you be doing any promotional gigs or DJ sets anytime soon?
I still haven't planned a release party or anything like that. My most remarkable gig for the following weeks is a new party that some friends and I are throwing in Berlin's Prince Charles. The party it's called Calliope and we are really enthusiastic about it. It's the very first time we have the chance to do everything (booking, line-up, flyers, promotion). It's a lot of work, but we have tons of energy and the belief that it's going to be a memorable night.