An Interview With JINCO About New Music, His Favorite Artists and More!
Posted On 10 Nov 2017
Here are the 2 newest singles by the phenomenally talented DJ/Producer JINCO:
“Haven’t Said”: https://soundcloud.com/jincoofficial/haventsaid
“Scherzo in E Minor”: https://soundcloud.com/jincoofficial/scherzo
Just coming off from a back-to-back tour throughout Australia, New Zealand and India, JINCO delivers the instrumental single “Scherzo In E Minor.” Influenced by the sights, sounds and experiences of being on tour, the track is both tranquil and exciting all in one. Expressing JINCO’s own personal emotions throughout the tour, he combines a sense of awe and amazement with hard-hitting and excitable violin melodies as the top-line, stirring a conflict of emotions with the listener.
Hailing from Santa Cruz, California as a surfer gone wild, JINCO brings visceral performances and an energetic stage presence to every venue. Inspired by all mediums of art and armed with his unique blend of future trap and cinematic orchestral, JINCO’s music has been heard across the world. In 2016, his first original solo release “I Wonder” generated over 8 million plays while his second release, “Tokyo” generated over 15 million plays.
In April 2017, JINCO released his first solo EP titled ‘Dream Machine’ on Spinnin Records. He has also signed tracks to Atlantic Records, Armada Records, Panda Funk, TrapNation, Lowly Palace and Elysian Records. JINCO’s original sounds has made him one of the hottest up and coming DJs in the industry today.
Here’s all the live links of JINCO’s Single “Haven’t Said”:
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Learn more about JINCO in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you? Is there music playing in the background?
Happy to take the time! I’m currently in LA drinking some coffee with music always playing in the background. Music is certainly a part of my everyday life.
If so, what is it? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood? What is a song you are loving these days?
Got some Landon Macnamara playing in the background while trying to get my morning started. I’d say any reggae usually does the trick to uplift my spirit. I’m really into Stephen Marley and Damian Marley at the moment. They know how to shine a positive message through their music and create originality with their tunes.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time where you thought of doing something completely different?
Well its pretty funny cause I never wanted to be a musician. When I was growing up being a musician always seems like something that was so farfetched. My dad is a really incredible guitar player and as far back as I can remember he would always play the guitar for me and my brothers while we were going to sleep. I think at one point I couldn’t sleep unless he played.
When I was about 8 years old my two brothers and I wanted to start a band. I wanted to the vocalist, so my mom got me a vocal coach and the first thing she did was teach me piano. But being 8 years old I didn’t want to learn the piano I wanted to be a singer so I got over it pretty quick. My passions grew to wanting to be a soccer player, then a pro surfer, and then when I was 22 I got a job working for my older brother’s publishing company, RADICAL STUDIOS, and ran their Art Department for 6 years.
But everything changed when I went to Coachella for the first time in 2010. It was my first music festival and it was that moment where I realized that my true passion was DJ’ing. It was watching Tiesto on the MainStage where he basically played his entire Kaleidoscope album, which changed the trajectory of my life forever. After Coachella I told my family that I wanted to be a DJ. Of course, they all laughed and said, ‘ya right’. I asked my uncle John to lend me some money to buy a traktor controller and asked a good buddy, Travis Emmons, to teach me how to work it. Once my family saw how committed I was to making this a reality, they really rallied behind me and gave me their full support.
That all said, I knew that In order to actually be a DJ, I had to learn how to make music. I knew making original tracks would be the backbone to my success. This is when I got a program called Logic and started watching Youtube tutorials on how to produce. It wasn’t until I switched from Logic to Abelton that things really start coming together. Its been crazy journey and it honestly feels like we’re just getting started.
Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year? How has 2017 been treating you and your career? What are you most excited about for in 2018?
2017 was definitely a much different year compared to 2016. I really wanted this year to be about elaborating on who I am as a solo artists and to play shows. 2016 was about finding my new sound after the split from my duo, Goshfather and Jinco, and I think I was able to embrace it. This year was wild! I got to do a bit of touring through Australia/New Zealand and India and it was humbling to feel so much love over seas. I also got to make some of the best music I’ve ever made and it’s been great to get the level of support I have been getting from artists who I have a great deal of respect for.
I am super pumped to get on the road again and spread my music around the world. Playing shows is definitely where my heart is and 2018 is gonna be all about sharing my music through life performances.
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected you and your music today?
I grew up in small town called Aptos which is in Santa Cruz, California. Growing up there was absolutely magical. You got the huge redwood forest sitting right on the ocean. The ocean is a big part of my life. I’ve been surfing almost all my life and it gives me a lot of inspiration. My hometown has definitely affected me and my music. I think where it really shows up, is who I am as a person and how I try to live my life — Calm and relaxed. I try to not stress and being in Aptos really helps me relax given how crazy and wild life in the music industry can be.
How did you come up with your artist name? Why did you decide to go by something other than your own real name?
Well Jinco has been my nick name sing I was 10 years old. The story comes from my brothers heckling me for wearing JNCO jeans, then it turned into an endearing name that my close friends and family still call me to this day. So when I decided I wanted to be a DJ, it just seemed like the right name to go by.
Let’s talk about your single, “Scherzo In E Minor.” Where did the inspiration for it come from? How did you use your last tour to put it together? How do you think you have grown on this song since your last first original solo release “I Wonder”?
Well Scherzo means a’ vigorous, light, or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata’. So this song really came about cause I was playing around with some 130 bpm half time drums and when I got into the studio with my music partner Craig Dobbin this idea just flowed out. Always been a lover for violins and I think once we put the first one in the rest sort of wrote itself. Well I think its important to grow as an artist and “I Wonder” was just a stepping stone into finding what kind of sound I wanted to create. When I am in the studio I like to just let the music flow and if I go in one direction I’ll never question it.
When do you hope to release more new music a full album of new songs?
I am currently sitting on well over an albums worth of music so my plan is to keep on releasing singles and then compile them into an album. Maybe summer 2018…
How was your recent tour to Australia, New Zealand and India? Did anything surprise you about the whole experience? Were there any unexpected challenges about it all? When will you head back out on the road?
My recent tour was absolutely amazing. There is nothing cooler than traveling to the other side of the world to play music. I think my biggest surprise was how many incredible fans there were at every stop and to play to sold out shows. So humbling to travel so far and have people go out of their way to listen to my music.
With touring there are always unexpected challenges and they usually come in the form of logistics. That’s why its important to keep a level head and to deal with issues when they present themselves. My team and I are currently working a bunch of new tours and hopefully I’ll be back on the road as soon as December.
I am curious to know how you think the world of Djing continues to change year after year? What has been the biggest improvement in the world of DJing?
Well the world of DJ’ing always changes year after year and I think it comes a lot from how fast genres goes in and out of popularity. With the wild world of the internet, kids are starting to produce at really young age so by the time they’re graduating from high school they have a lot of music under their belt. That said, I think the next generation of dj’s are really gonna be pushing everyone to step up their game. The biggest improvement I think is the live performance and visual component. We have a chance to take people, not only on a musical journey but a visual journey that, sometimes, can be life changing.
With the summer over now, what was something fun or new that you tried this summer?
This summer was all about reinventing myself as a solo artist and pushing the limits of where I could go creatively. I spent most of my days working in studio and traveling between LA and Santa Barbara for writing sessions. Now Im just excited to show everyone what I’ve been working on.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? Do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these hard times?
These are really crazy times in the world and for me, being a musician allows me to voice the way I am feeling. I’m a pretty reserved person and I find it hard to really find my voice in words, so with music I feel I can express myself freely. I sure would like to see some of these bigger artists start making music with a voice that pushes peace and love. Its hard I know, but some of these musicians have such a massive influence and I think they could really do some good for people, especially in this climate of divide.
Who are some of your favorite artists and DJs or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
The Beatles continue to inspire me and my music. They really pushed the boundaries for their time and continue to be at the forefront of what is actually possible even today. Id love to work with RL Grime, Flume, Rustie, Diplo, Party Thieves, Boombox Cartel, Brillz, Bro Safari, Skrillex Etc. Etc. All these artist inspire and push me to work harder and try to break down my own boundaries.
What do you hope fans continue to take away from your new and older music?
I hope they just feel good listening to my music. If I can change one persons mood or help them through a tough time that’s a win!
What advice would you give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a musician one day?
The best advice I could give is to work as hard as you can and to never give up on your dreams whatever they may be. Making it in this particular industry is extremely hard and sometimes it can feel like an never ending struggle but these struggles are what make you as a person. If you’re really passionate about something then give it your all. Also, to never compare yourself to anyone else. I think this is the hardest thing to do but if you just stay true to yourself good things will come.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself, your music or the show?
I guess I’d just like to thank everyone who’s ever listened to one of my songs or comes to my shows. I feel blessed everyday to be able to do what I do and the greatest joy is to share my music with the world.