Jewelz & Sparks have been electrifying the dance music community with their hard-hitting electro since emerging onto the scene back in 2012 with their smash hit ‘Toxic Rush’. Since then, not much has changed besides an impressive catalogue of music and hecktic tour schedule because these two have stayed true and perfected their signature sound. Jewelz & Sparks is the definition on true electro house.
We had the opportunity to chat with the duo following their appearance at TomorrowWorld.
Jewelz & Sparks – Mental (Original Mix) | Beatport |
TSS: Who or what introduced you to electronic dance music?
Jewelz: The Prodigy ‘Experience’ (Album) and Fatboy Slim
Sparks: Fedde Le Grand
TSS: Who were your major influences when you two started producing?
Jewelz: By the time I started producing my influences were Liam Howlett (The Prodigy) and Norman Cook.
Sparks: Fedde Le Grand, Rob Swire.
TSS: ‘Mental’ is out now on Fedde Le Grand’s Darklight Recordings, how did you guys first meet Fedde and what’s your relationship like?
Jewelz & Sparks: The first time we met Fedde was at Sensation Germany and then again on the road when we played a couple of shows that he played as well. From there on, it was out productions that found his attention, up until the point where we produced the track ‘Robotic’ together. We have a very close relationship with him and he is by far our biggest supporter, which we appreciate very much.
TSS: ‘Mental’, ‘Robotic’, ‘Parade 98’, ‘Motor’, ‘Dope’, ‘Reptile’ how do you guys come up with
names for your tracks?
Jewelz & Sparks: We love to create themes around our tracks, originating from an inner visualization of the music itself. Sometimes it’s little sounds that remind us of something. For instance, out track ‘Reptile’ which was released on DIM MAK Records, has a little rattling FX sound just before the drop. That reminded us of a reptilian animal. ‘Parade 98’ refers to the rave culture of the 90’s. It has a very nostalgic vibe in the
break which led us to name it this way. ‘Motor’ has a very simple but super effective rising synth sounds in it, that gives the listener a feeling of an engine starting up and the drop then has a very repetitive percussion structure, just like a perfectly running motor, so that name was born from those images.
TSS: Are you two always on the same page when producing? What’s it like in the studio with Jewelz & Sparks?
Jewelz & Sparks: Yes, we are! We might be totally different personalities, still when it comes to producing we have the exact same approach. That makes working for us much easier. ?Sometimes we have little discussion about just the smallest details other people would not even be bothered by but in the end we always agree.
TSS: You guys are from Germany, what’s the dance music scene like there compared to the rest of the world?
Jewelz & Sparks: It has been around here for years, so it is nothing that is new to Germans. We have a huge underground techno scene, especially in Berlin and Eastern Germany. And as you might know, there is a commercialized form of deep house music, with some German acts, which are pretty popular all over the globe right now. ?There is Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn and Milky Chance, they all had chart topping hits. Plus, Germany was also one of the first countries to host the biggest and most prestigious dance events in the world, like the ‘Mayday’ or the ‘Nature One’. Many more have joined over the years, giving Germany a vast culture of dance music.
TSS: Are you festival fans or club guys?
Jewelz & Sparks: We love both, clubs for their intimacy and the close celebration with fans, festivals for their massive sound systems, the large crowds and the feeling of being at a concert, outside on a huge stage. Both is very fascinating.
TSS: Lastly, what can fans expect from Jewelz & Sparks as we close out 2015?
Jewelz & Sparks: We still have some nice tour stops in front of us, with shows in Poland, Goa, Switzerland and Bangkok on Halloween. And there’s going to be more new music out soon as well on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom in late November.