Jonny Cade Interview

Jonny Cade is the latest in a long line of Leeds-based producers who are beginning to make their name on a national and global scale. A musician in the truest sense of the word, he has played the drums as a child and even studies music for over 5 years in University. With credentials like that, you’d practically expect his music to be brimming in nuanced tones and rich, intriguing textures and rather refreshingly, you’d be easily appeased to; such it the excellence which courses throughout his productions. A host of renowned labels have taken note too, with 2020 Vision, Alive and now, Morris Audio all playing host to his many charms. With the Atrocious Focus EP having just come to light, we grabbed Mr.Cade for a quick chinwag recently…

What was the last record you bought? Why did you buy it?

The last record I bought was a Gerd & Alden Tyrell’s remix of ”Spanner In The Works” by The Organ Grinder, which is a really shuffled bass-heavy affair. Great stuff.

And what was the first 12” you bought? Do you still play it?

The first 12” record I ever bought was the Pacman – Ed Rush & Optical w. Ram Trilogy’s Remix. I started out playing drum and bass when I was about 14. The vinyl has become a collectors item but I wouldn’t sell it in a million years.

You’ve produced for a number of great labels at this stage. How does it feel to have your tracks signed to Alive, 2020 etc?

Yes I’ve been really lucky with label interest. I have to pinch myself sometimes as it wasn’t long ago I was a teenager bobbing around in clubs praying to god one day I could have the opportunity to release on these amazing labels, and play in front of big crowds. So now it’s all starting to happen really is a dream coming true.

Do you generally produce the music with the label in mind? Or did you approach them before the music is produced? Or how does this work for you?

No, I never produce with a label in mind. I will always start a track and then see who wants it after. I tend to produce a few tracks in a burst and then send them all off together as they are likely to have a consistent sound.

So what’s been your proudest moment to date then?

It’s hard to say my proudest moment because there have been a few things that have blown me away over the last couple of years. Playing at the 2020:vision events has been a highlight so far. I played the closing set at a Pokerflat/2020:vision party in London last year after the Martinez Brothers which was pretty cool. I also played the closing set at Farr Festival last summer which was amazing…thanks to everyone who danced till the end because that was a special moment for me!

And are you a forward-looking guy? What sort of aspirations and goals do you have for yourself as a musician?

I would love to get into the whole live thing. I play the drums and get such a huge buzz when jamming with other musicians. I do love DJing, but nothing beats collaborating and performing with others. I used to be more forward-thinking than I am today. I’ve decided that thinking too much about the future causes me to lose track of the present. Obviously it’s great to have plans set for the future, but the trick is not to be too reliant on them because thinks can change very easily and quickly – especially in the music industry.

And are you a full-time musician these days? Or do you have any other involvement in electronic music?

I’m working full time in the studio on various projects. I have just started a new alias which is a more techno based sound. I’m also starting a side project with Huxley in the summer which I’m really excited about, so watch out for that.

And what’s really exciting you in the scene right now?

I think the most exciting thing thats happening in the music scene at the moment is the amount of new artists that are popping up all over the place. With the advancement of technology and the cheap cost of making music now so many people are becoming talented producers. Many see this as a bad thing, but for me it’s great because it shows how much the industry is growing and progressing.

You studied in Leeds, right? Why do you think the city loves 4/4 so much?

Because it’s a time signature which allows you to dance all night long (and all day) without getting too tired. It’s an easy time signature to dance to and therefore it allows you to lose yourself in the music without having to think too much about dancing.

And what are the best and worst things about living in Leeds then?

The best things are: Parties, music, people, students, fashion, clubs, community, countryside, not having to care about real life.

The worst things are: Too many flipping temptations everywhere!

And what’s next on the horizon for Jonny Cade?

Well it’s hopefully going to be a good summer gigs wise. I also have a release on Saints and Sonnets which I produced with my friend Jonjo Williams and this will come out in may 2014. Then I have a remix on Silence In Metropolis coming out in the next month. I also have some exciting new signings which will be announced soon. Other than that I have lots of material which is yet to be sent out to labels so fingers crossed once they are locked in you can expect lots more Eps coming out soon.


About the Author

A house music veteran, growing up with the sound before it was even called ‘house music’. A successful DJ and producer in his own right, an ex-label and record shop owner. It’s safe to say house and techno music has been a large part of James’ life for longer than most of today’s clubbers have been alive. Despite being a self-confessed ‘underground monkey’ James appreciates the adage ‘house is a feeling’, and that the scene is all about bringing people together no matter what sound you’re in to."