I LOVE the feeling I get listening to music by Jorza! This Trance alchemist will make you float away on a cloud and travel to heaven with his tracks meant to elevate your music experience. With intoxicating melodic songs containing equally impressive vocals, Jorza creates interest with his dynamic flair embracing Worldbeat sounds. Exercising an original approach to music, Jorza produces tracks with heart and with eternal appeal. In his most recent release “Kuama” with Gregor Potter, along with his latest collaboration “Long Way Home” with SCHALA, Tritonal, and HALIENE on Enhanced Music, Jorza continues to create perfect songs that you’ll be replaying again and again. “Forever (If I Can)” with VIKA exhibit Jorza’s ability to make solid hits that appeal to us all. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jorza to find out more about how he makes us swoon with his musical creations.
Hello. It’s RiMo here from Fresh Music Freaks and I have a special guest here with me. I’m speaking with music producer and DJ Jorza. You know, as a long time Trance lover, your music resonates with me. I was listening to your track “Rapture” that I feel captures the essence of Trance. When did you start to produce such beautiful music?
I first downloaded a music program towards the end of 2010 but I didn’t really take it that seriously. I was kind of just messing around with some friends and doing it for and fun. I didn’t really try to do it professionally for a music label until around late 2013, early 2014. That’s when I actually felt like I started making something halfway decent. And then, here I am today.
How would you describe your music?
My music is high energy and a little edgy. I like big drops and bass baselines and big leads. I like something that isn’t typical and not boring. I need to be interested in it and if I just make cookie-cutter music I’ll lose interest really fast.
Today you posted that four of the world’s top DJs are playing one of your songs, “Kuama”, a collaboration that you did with Gregor Potter. This song is infectious. Can you tell me a little bit about how you began this collaboration and how you chose the vocals and ultimate sound for this track?
Gregor and I had been friends for a little while and we were talking about how he comes from the House world and I come from the Trance world. We both were interested in going in on the other side (me into House and Gregor into Trance), so we talked about making two tracks together. You’ve already heard “Kuama”, the House track. Then we’re doing another collaboration as well. It’s going to be more of a Trance track bringing him into my world after he’s brought me into his.
It sounds like the perfect collaboration.
Yeah, it was. It was a lot of fun. I like all kinds of music, including all types of genres of Electronic Music as well. I don’t want to be tied down and known just for one specific genre. I like making music. Whatever comes to mind (musically), I’m not really thinking of a genre. I’m just creating what I like and what I want to make.
That sounds like a very good standard to keep for yourself. You have another beautiful song that you made with Tanner Wilfong called “Mamba”. I felt like it had a little bit of a tribal feel. As the artist you know some of the vocal sounds, could they be tribal? I felt like that’s going to be another song that’s going to be one of the songs that the top DJ’s are definitely going to be playing. Since you’ve been supported in so many different music shows like Group Therapy and A State Of Trance, should we be expecting more songs like that with that type of feel from you?
Yeah, definitely. That song (“Mamba”) specifically was played on ASOT as well. Armin played it a few times live. I was sent a video from one of my friends that works at Armada that he played it at one of his sold-out Ibiza shows some months ago. That was pretty cool. The tribal vocals themselves actually came from Tanner. He sent me a cool melody idea along with those vocals and then I just made the song from there.
Yeah, well it worked out brilliantly. What is your studio setup like?
My studio set up right now is temporary because I’m moving soon. Currently, I produce music in my garage. I work on a pair of focal monitors. I have a complete control keyboard access fire. I create my music on an iMac with Ableton.
In 2019, one of the tracks I’ve heard of yours was a song made with a Paul Arcane called “Angelis” and I love that song. How was your experience making it and did you and Paul know what each of you would be working on when you created it?
Paul and I know each other from working with the record label Elliptical Sun. I’ve done a few tracks for the label as well as a lot of the mixing and mastering for a lot of the artists on that label as well. It’s one of the side-projects I do as well as the behind the scenes stuff. Engineering and mastering for labels and other producers and DJs for example. We’ve been friends for a little while and we just talked about working on some music together and then it turned into that (song).
So of course, you knew this question was going to be coming up. You’ve have worked on so many tracks that are staples in the Trance playlist for so many of us. I want to know and everybody wants to know about your collaboration with Tritonal, HALIENE, and SCHALA on your song “Long Way Home”. How was your experience making this track?
The experience was nothing short of amazing. I have looked up to the guys and been listening to their music since before I ever started making music, so for them to contact me about working on a record together is truly amazing. I watched the live stream of EDC 2019 at the main stage when they first premiered it and the emotions that came over me were overwhelming. Much love to the guys and I am thankful they liked me enough to work on music together. The end result is something that I am quite proud of.
Yeah. I’m, happy for you and that song is a great track. It’s just wonderful, so definitely well done with that one. There’s another song of yours that you did with Vika “Forever If I Can”. It’s so beautiful. It has a haunting lullaby feeling that makes you want to root for her (female vocalist), you know? Is she finally gonna meet up with her love? I also think that there’s a feeling that evokes endurance and leaves the outcome open. You don’t know which direction it’s going in or what may happen in the end. So what was the inspiration behind that track?
That’s not the first song I’ve done with Vika, we’ve done a few songs together and we’ll likely do a few more in the future. She’s amazing to work with. Pretty much I give her an instrumental song and she writes, records and does all the lyrics herself. All the lyrics you hear come straight from her. She does a fantastic job.
She really compliments your instrumentals. You guys definitely are very well matched and it’s a beautiful song. I also want to ask you about the song “White Wolf” that you did with Highlands. I feel like that one is a true Trance emotion song to me, but it also makes you feel like you want to jump out of your seat and get on the dance floor. So how do you guys manage to fuse those two elements together on this one?
That song was a really fun one. I would describe it as a true collaboration where it wasn’t somebody finishing somebody else’s song. We passed that back and forth. We sat in the studio together and worked on it and you can hear bits and pieces of our styles fuse together in the whole course of the song. The original melody I actually wrote as an early project that I just never got around to finishing. The melody itself was really cool idea and I was planning on finishing it. I showed it to them and they wanted to work on it. We took the melody and a couple of the core sounds and just completely made it a new song. You can really hear both of our styles come out in that song.
Yeah, it really is a good track. I know people always ask you this, but how do you prepare for a show and how do you keep yourself healthy so that when you’re about to do a show you’re feeling okay?
I am somewhat of a procrastinator, so I typically prepare for it the night before. What I do is I’ll download the newest promos, get tracks from my friends and of course prepare my own tracks. When I play shows, I don’t have a predetermined set in mind. I have a few songs of my own or say of my friends that I want to play and I have that in mind. I just go with the flow once I’m there. I get a good sleep the night before. Also, I have slight anxiety so it does help to have a drink or two beforehand. It kind of calms my nerves a little bit. With my USB and headphones, I let the night go on its own and do whatever I feel.
You started off 2020 with a bang obviously, but what can we look forward to this year and what are you most excited about?
I definitely have a few tracks down the pipeline. I’ve worked fairly closely with Scorchin’ Records label so you can expect more music with them and I’ll also be working with the Armada label and Enhanced. I’m definitely going to be making some more House music. With my “Kuama” track, there was kind of more on the progressive deeper side, but I also have a thing for Big Room so you might expect to see some music on the main Revealed label. I am going to be pursuing another genre as well. I will be experimenting a little bit with Melodic Dubstep so you can expect that sometime later this year.
Well, that sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you are going to produce. Jorza, it was such a pleasure speaking with you and thank you so much for meeting with me today.
Yeah, thank you very much for having me. This was cool and it was nice talking to you.
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