From Miami to Brooklyn: 12 Questions with Jubilee
Jubilee has been building quite a name for herself over the years, earning the genuine nickname of Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart many times over, all while continuously proving time and time again that she cannot be pinned down sonically by one specific point of interest. Jubilee’s production work is just as on point as her DJing, and each time she releases a new track, mix or plays live, you can expect something a little bit different, but always consistently full of energy and flair. Based out of NYC, Jubilee’s music has taken her all over the US and beyond, and this Thursday, she will be playing at the Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles. Jubilee killed some time during her bicoastal plane ride chatting with us prior to landing in California.
1. Introduce yourself – your name, where you’re from and where you’re at now.
My name is Jess aka Jubilee. I was born and raised in South Florida. But now that I have been in NYC for over 10 years I think it’s safe to say I am officially a New Yorker.
2. When did it hit you that you identify with being a producer/DJ?
I still laugh when people ask me what my job is because it’s unreal that “DJ” could even be an answer. I still don’t know if it will ever feel real to me.
3. How long have you been in “the game”, so to speak?
I started playing out of my bedroom around 2007. Whoa time flies.
4. Tell us a bit about yourself and your creative processes. What does your favorite environment to work on a new track or mix look like?
I need to know that I don’t have a time limit. And it takes sometimes hours to get into some kind of zone. I need the right snacks too. Mixpak, the label I am on, has a studio in Greenpoint so I work out of there. It’s a good vibe.
5. When does a new track feel finished to you?
Never. When someone yells at me to send it in.
6. With all the touring and traveling that you do, especially when you’re in a town for a one day period, do you have any must-see’s or must do’s prior to a gig? Anything on your list for your time in LA this week?
My sisters couch and poolside at the London Hotel. And to drink out of a coconut with Anna Lunoe. That’s pretty much all I need.
7. What advice has really stuck with you over the years and what was the source?
Nick Catchdubs once told me if anyone is being negative around you stay away from that vibe. It brings you down. And he was right. It’s made me a much happier person.
8. Fill us in about your latest project. What are you working on?
I just finished and put out an EP on Mixpak called Jealous. About 2 months ago. I also curated a compilation in partnership with Opening Ceremony called “Magic City”. It’s a ton of songs by artists I love. It’s a free download, too. So now that those are finished I am just trying to get creative and get a flow going for new music.
9. What’s your favorite way to pass the time when traveling?
10. What are you listening to right now? Anything stuck in your head?
I just got back from Jamaica so I have been listening to a lot of dancehall. A lot of Vybz Kartel, Dre Skull’s new riddim “Blacklight Riddim” has been stuck in my head for a month now.
11. Who are your top 5 artists, either visually or musically these days?
Oh man. I hate these decisions. Right now Murlo is killing it and I know I sound bias because he is on Mixpak. But it’s true. I think that Nicki Minaj’s album is one of the top from the past year for me and she can seriously do anything at this point and I will love it. ScratchaDVA is a favorite producer for sure. I have been listening to a ton of Busy Signal lately because he is on fire at the moment, and the new Pearson Sound record is on repeat. I am kind of all over the place tbh.
12. If you can pick any artist or photographer to put together your album art next, who would it be?
Dust La Rock. Rest in Peace.
Photo (c) Jayne Lies