Jay Hardway is a natural born drummer and producer. This youngster from the South of Holland is currently climbing his way up to the top! Jay is inspired by all kinds of music; you can hear his passionate creativity and drive in every Hardway production! With big successes already achieved in his still short career, Jay Hardway is proving to be a special one. His collaborations with wonderboy Martin Garrix are big dance floor bangers, receiving world wide support from the biggest names in the scene.
You are a 27 years old up-and-coming DJ & Producer from the Netherlands, signed on the prestigious Spinnin’ record label. You started producing music when you were 14 years old. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place?
The music was already popular in Holland and was played on major radio stations a lot. That’s how I got in touch with the music. Also the Internet was a good way to find out about the music. A lot of big DJ’s were and still are from the Netherlands so I wanted to be a DJ from a young age already.
You play and produce a mix of Electro- & ProgressiveHouse. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?
Energetic, euphoric, musical/melodic
You are best known for your collaborative tracks with Martin Garrix: “Error 404” and “Wizard” (the track reached the #1 spot on Beatport only 2 days after the release and became an international hit charting in 14 countries) and the tracks “Bootcamp” and “Voodoo” (with DVBBS). What other tracks or remixes would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
My track ‚freedom’ with Mike Hawkins is a track in which my style is really noticeable in the break. I also did some older remixes for Lethal Bizzle and Margaret Berger. In these remixes I really love the melodies. And I recommend people to keep an eye out on my social media, because a lot of new music is coming!
Looking back over the past eventful and equally successful 5 years since the release of “Wizard”, what were the best and the worst gigs you played and what were the funniest things that occurred during your performances?
I had so many great gigs it’s hard to pick some, but Tokyo and New York are definitely among the favorites. Beautiful cities and the people go crazy every time. A gig that was not so good was on a festival in Holland where it was raining all day. So a lot of people stayed home instead of going to the festival. But I had a lot of fun playing for the people that did come.
Now, you just released your new single ‘Need It’. How did you create this?
“I started this project about two years ago. I had several versions of the track and I already tested some of them, until I went back to older versions of the project in my studio and found the one with the retro style, which is the one that resulted into this end result. After I finished the music I worked with friends and songwriters Dennis Baffoe, Rupert Blackman en Tim Boomsma who immediately got the right vibe for the track and came up with these great vocals. I am really proud of this track!”
What does this record say about your musical evolution as an artist?
“This track makes me realize I have a lot more confidence in the way I produce my music. I don’t rely on trends or hypes that much, but I rather look more closely to what I like personally and try to make that work in the music I make.”
The EP is featured on Spinnin’s New Dance Music Friday playlist. How important is Spotify to you?
“Spotify is a BIG platform and a great way to reach people. It’s easier for my fans to have all my music in one place, and there is a really big new audience on Spotify, which is discovering all kinds of new music. Personally, I love that the most about Spotify; getting to know/hear new music I normally wouldn’t listen to.”
Which recently released dance tracks should definitely be added to New Dance Music Friday?
Purple Haze – ‘Neiloj’
Justice – ‘Pleasure (Live)’
Lost Frequencies & Netsky – ‘Here With You’
Bougenvilla – ‘Onik’
Oliver Heldens – ‘Ibiza 77’ (Rootkit Remix)