With his latest release J-Rob MD continues to display more of the songwriting and production chops on his latest tech house track “Feels Like This.” This dance floor friendly track is the most infections thing in 2020 outside of Covid-19. This song features a dance floor friendly bassline and poetic vocals about discovering deeper meaning and freeing your mind. J-Rob MD reminds us “If people want more of the same, you’re not going to find it with me. I’m interested in pushing boundaries. New sounds, new melodies, new lyrics. Writing the best dance music. This is what I do.” And we couldn’t agree more. You are sure to love this latest tech house release from J-Rob MD.
1. Tell us about the first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
My first track was honestly pretty terrible, haha. I think a lot of us can say that. It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest artist in the world like Tiesto, or a small independent artist like me, we all started somewhere and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. The key is to keep working hard, staying humble, and improving. So I started out writing all sorts of music, but it was mostly dance pop. Over the years my sound evolved to most incorporate a variety of genres but primarily rooted in future house and tech house.
2. Tell us about your latest project
My latest release “Feels Like This” is an emotive tech house track. I wrote it with my sister Jaclyn Busch, who is also a tech house producer. I love writing music with her and spending time in the studio together. It’s one of my favorite things to do. We were chatting with our friend Stacey Popp who ended up being the vocalist. She is from Detroit, the birthplace of techno, and we were all chatting about what it’s like to dance in clubs and really experience the feeling of freeing your heart and mind. That developed into this great, dance floor friendly track.
3. Tell us something we wouldnt normally find out about you?
I actually am a medical doctor, hence the MD at the end of my name. We listen to my music regularly in the operating room, and I try out my music on the staff in the hospital before I release it. They are my toughest critics, haha. This has been a tough year battling Covid-19, so now more than ever I really think the world needs great dance music to help remind us of the good times waiting ahead when this pandemic is over.
4. What single has been most memorable for you as a dj and producer?
‘Until you Speak’ was my most memorable single. I wrote it with the incredible Ken Bauer. You should all listen to him if you haven’t. He is a phenomenal producer and that track was released on Sirup to huge success and support from some of the biggest names in the dance world.
5. Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
Avicii’s “Fade in Darkness” is my favorite dance track of all time. He is an absolute legend. Aside from revolutionizing the producer game, he also was a phenomenal songwriter which I think people need to realize was his greatest attribute. Hearing that song always takes me back to great times out with friends, and makes me feel so free.
6. Dream collaboration and why?
My dream collaboration is such a tough question because I think my answer would change almost daily. I would have to say today my answer would be David Guetta. He can literally do it all. It’s unreal how creative and talented he is. From house to pop to anything in between he is just a freak songwriter and producer and I would love to be a fly on the wall when he is in the studio doing his thing.
7. If you could play any festival, which would it be?
That’s easy for me, EDC Las Vegas. It’s so huge and over the top. But Ultra would be a close second.
8. How do you get a track started? tell us about your production process
For me honestly it kind of depends on the genre. For future house a lot of times I actually write on guitar and start with a melody and a lyric, which I know is unusual for dance music. For tech house a lot of times I start with a bassline and usually I get a bass guitar out and try to write on that. I love old R&B and soul like Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind, and Fire so I need my basslines to really have that hip, soulful groove to them.
9. The relationship between a dj and the audience is crucial, and yet is seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
I think this really depends on the venue. When I play out I feel like it’s often smaller, more underground sorts of events and parties, so it’s a lot of tech house and deep house. You can be a little more experimental. The bigger clubs definitely go a little more mainstream but even if you see Calvin Harris in Vegas, he will have a more house oriented, deeper portion of the set. I feel like house music is just honestly becoming so mainstream these days. You go to Coachella and these house cats like Camelphat and Fisher are playing to the biggest audiences. So honestly , I think one thing that’s really cool, is more and more the DJ can really do whatever he wants to do, and I think at the core, that’s what it’s all about.