Hailing from Gloucester in England, Jaden Thompson is a boy whose name has caused quite a buzz in the underground scene in recent months. Young in his age but ripe in his talent, he already counts with a seriously credible string of followers, including Desolat’s Loco Dice and Play It Say It’s Seth Troxler.
Now freshly signed to The Martinez Brothers’ ‘Cuttin’ Headz’ imprint, Thompson’s ‘All Day’ EP, which comes out this March, is a powerful 5-tracker from the 17-year-old prodigy, featuring not one, but two remixes from no one less than Matt Tolfrey.
Layered with panning percussive hits and spiralling synths, the title track from the EP, which we are premiering today on When We Dip, is a crafty groover! Hit the play button:
Not only had we the opportunity to premiere this banger, we also got to talk to this gifted young producer.
Hi Jaden! It’s a pleasure to have you on When We Dip. Welcome!
WWD: Could you please say a few words about this awesome studio work we are premiering? How are you feeling about it?
Jaden: I’m very excited to be releasing my debut EP and it’s a bonus to be going out on such a cool label. This has been my dream since I was 13. I made ‘All Day’ whilst on holiday in Barcelona.
WWD: Putting your music into words… What would you say you sound like?
Jaden: I aim to create music that’s driven by catchy hooks, strong bass-lines and unique sounds.
WWD: How’s your production set-up? Any favourite tools?
Jaden: I do the majority of my production in Maschine, along with various plug-ins. Once I’ve made a catchy loop, I normally create multiple versions using the same sounds. Then, I arrange everything in Logic.
WWD: So, you’ve grown up in the UK, right? Always lived in Gloucester? How is the music scene there?
Jaden: Yeah, I was born in the UK. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a house music scene in Gloucester, so I have to look elsewhere for inspiration.
WWD: What are your first musical memories? What have you grown up listening to?
Jaden: Making my first ever track on a PSP when I was 9. Thankfully it never got released, as it sounded awful! As far as I can remember, I’ve always had a broad taste in music, spanning from Hip-Hop and R&B to Pop.
WWD: Which artists would you say have influenced your style the most?
Jaden: I’m a big fan of Kerri Chandler, Loco Dice, Mr. G and Armand van Helden.
WWD: It’s a very nice achievement to be releasing on a label from guys like The Martinez Brothers. How did ‘Cuttin’ Headz’ get into your life? How did it all begin?
Jaden: My cousin, Daniel, who’s also into house music suggested, a few years ago, that I checked out The Martinez Brothers. I instantly connected with their music and style. I had been sending tracks to their label for a while, before I eventually caught their attention with ‘All Day’.
WWD: About producing… Is there a special place you like to go or a special ritual for finding the inspiration? How does the process go for you?
Jaden: For me, inspiration is everywhere and it’s often found in the most unlikely places.
WWD: You’re not playing gigs yet, are you?
Jaden: Nope, but I’m planning to get a few gigs this year and I’ll go from there.
WWD: Apart from ‘All Day’ which we are premiering, the EP brings also 2 more originals and 2 remixes from Matt Tolfrey and the support to it has been amazing, going from Detlef to Pete Tong. How does it feel to see your music on the decks of such industry giants?
Jaden: It’s very surreal that the artists that I’ve admired since I started making music are now fans of what I’m doing. To think that Matt Tolfrey has remixes on my first ever release is just crazy!
WWD: About music you’re currently enjoying… What’s been on your playlists lately? Producers, record labels… Any favourites?
Jaden: I’m really into a lot of what Patrick Topping and Latmun are putting out at the moment. In terms of labels, Eats Everything’s ‘Edible’ imprint consistently releases great music.
WWD: So… What are your next plans from now? What’s on the horizon for 2017?
Jaden: I look forward to releasing another EP this year and hope to start playing out.
WWD: Thank you very much, Jaden!
Jaden Thompson’s ‘All Day’ EP drops 24th March on Cuttin’ Headz.