Interview: Audiojack

UK two-piece Audiojack are always a reliable source for deeply rooted, infectious club sounds, with a catalogue of past works that includes outings for record labels like Poker Flat Recordings and Shall Not Fade.

Their latest studio production ‘Hypnotised’ comes as a new single release on UK deep and tech house stable Solid Grooves RAW, bringing yet another impressive addition to their sonic resume.

We spoke to the pair recently, where we got to ask them about the new track, what we can expect to hear from both themselves and their Gruuv imprint in the near future, and their approach to working together as a duo. Read the full interview with Audiojack below.

So how are things in the life of Audiojack right now?

Good, thanks! We just got back from playing outdoor parties in Zurich and Bodrum, and the weekend before we were in the states in San Diego and Seattle, so it’s been a busy 10 days. But we’re in the studio now for the rest of July working on new material, so plenty of time to catch our breath.

You recently released your new single ‘Hypnotised’ on Solid Grooves Raw, how did this one come together in the studio?

When we make music for the dancefloor our intention is always to make something we can play in our own DJ sets. We found the catchy r&b vocal that sounded like it could have been from an early 00’s UK garage track, which worked great with a minimal house vibe. Just the kind of thing we were looking for to warmup the dancefloor. We make a lot of our music with our own DJ sets in mind.

Your music has also come on Shall Not Fade, 8Bit, and Poker Flat Recordings in the past, how do you decide on which labels to sign music to?

Sometimes we make music specifically with a label in mind, but it doesn’t always work out, as your perception of what a label might be looking for is often different to their reality. So much of the time we let the track flow organically, then after we’ve tried it out, we’ll have a chat about which label we think might best represent that vibe, from a shortlisted group of labels we want to work with.

And which other labels might we see you release with in the coming months?

We’ve got remixes out in the next few months on Crosstown Rebels, Days Like Nights, and Kiosk ID (the label from Berlin’s Kater Blau), and an original EP on Seb Zito’s Seven Dials label in August.

You also have your own imprint in Gruuv, where names like Argy, Because of Art, and Eli & Fur have released music, who else can we expect on there in the near future?

Gruuv is experiencing a growth phase at the moment. A few months ago, we decided to get back to our roots and focus more on groovy house, both as Audiojack and with the label. We’re currently working on a new artwork theme and hoping to relaunch after the summer with new releases.

Working as a duo, how do you usually handle studio sessions? Are you always in the studio together?

Our studio is primarily based in Ibiza, where Jamie lives. Rich is back in the UK most of the time, so there’s a lot of back and forth over the internet. We try to be in the studio together as much as we can, but we’re always discussing and working on the music together at each stage of development.

Is there anything else you want to bring attention to before we go?

Keep up the great work with your promo distribution! You guys are the best.

Audiojack – Hypnotised EP is out now on Solid Grooves RAW.