Cxemcast 062 – DJ Rueckert
You are from a small town in Pennsylvania. Tell us about the local scene there.
It’s a very small town, so the scene is non-existent. I got into this type of music because of the Baltimore station 92Q and internet forums.
Your radio shows are broadcasted by several radio stations all around the world. Do you travel or work online predominantly?
I work online mostly, and I tend to find that while it has its disadvantages, it allows me to connect with people from all around the world, many of which I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. Also, we are very fortunate to have had chances to do parties in London, as well radio shows on NTS. Now we have a residency on Rinse France.
The really neat aspect about the record label is that our influences come together, so we can avoid using genres to characterize what we do.
Does the place where you stay have any influence on your creative process?
I wouldn’t say it has direct influence. However, I guess the place where I stay, work, and live gives me certain advantages. I am able to create and really spend time with the music. A lot of things would be different if I lived in a city.
As a DJ, which do you like better, live performance or radio show?
I have to say it is radio show. That is because I haven’t yet mastered my anxiety and haven’t been able to perform live yet. However, this is something I am working on: I will try to get out and DJ live this year.
Radio allows me to kind of play whatever I want, do whatever I want; there are no restrictions. JEROME is a powerful tool in that way, I can play grime to a disco record to an ambient record to a chopped&screwed record instead of everything sounding the same. We want the listener to be excited and curious, and the radio show format allows that.
Is there a specific way you choose musicians for JEROME Mixfile series?
I have been asked this a lot. I just really try and listen to mixes on Soundcloud/Mixcloud. If I find people that make music and I really like their production, I may ask them even if they haven’t mastered putting together mixes.
I try to focus the series on underappreciated and overlooked artists, as well as on producers and DJs that are fairly unknown. I think we have done a great job at this for the most part. Hopefully, we can continue the series. We had a bit of a discouraging week with Soundcloud taking down our main account due to copyright.
Do you strive to create a community of like-minded people around yourself? Or is it rather a self-expression platform?
Community is a confusing term, so I prefer the platform approach. We want artists to be able to express themselves, be themselves, and create whatever they want. The way we approach label is in the same light. We sign artists that we believe in, that believe in us, and are making unique music.
The content on your record label is free. Why so?
The record label is a important part to the JEROME identity. We get all these mixfiles, and a lot of these artists/producers need an outlet, so our intent is to deliver their music to a wider audience.
Visuals are an important part of the project. Do you have a specific approach to artwork?
It is very important indeed. We have tried to do a better job of keeping a uniform approach in artwork by working with the same visual artists. We are thankful to Get Face, Collin Fletcher, Ryan Huff, Oskar Jeff, and anyone else who has given us incredible art.
There is a lot of dance music beyond genres in this podcast. Do you associate yourself with the post-rave culture?
I try not to categorize the music that we like or release. So I wouldn’t say it's easy to identify us in terms of “post-rave culture” because we enjoy music from before and after that time.
What do you think of contemporary club culture?
Club culture in general has changed a bit. A lot of cities in the US don’t have a proper club scene, whereas in some areas in the world it is frowned upon. I do feel like there is still this huge idea of club culture that pertains to drinking and drugs.
Each person really has to ask themselves, is club culture right for them? I feel like it would be cool to have day parties or non-drinking club nights. It's ok to listen to a club mix on your headphones at night before you go to bed!
How do you plan to develop your projects in the future?
In the near future we can hopefully work on more EPs and singles, as well as maintain the radio shows and mixfiles series to continue to push music and give those who are overlooked a voice.
Interviewed by Danyil Holovko.