In dance music lore, Skrillex handpicking you for his OWSLA label is the equivalent of God choosing David to be King or Magic Johnson drafting Lonzo Ball to lead the Lakers. Whatever the reference may be, the point is the same — real recognize real.
Jai Wolf rose from bedroom producer obscurity to “next big thing” in future bass when Skrillex tapped the young DJ/producer for his label.
It’s been a meteoric rise for Jai Wolf (real name Sajeeb Saha), who was born in Bangladesh and raised in New York as a classical music prodigy.
Before he knew it, Jai Wolf was opening gigs for the likes of ODESZA and then he broke out with “Indian Summer”, which has racked up tens of millions of streams (check out the just released music video).
Jai Wolf eventually signed to indie darling label Mom + Pop Music, placing himself alongside the likes of Flume, Jagwar Ma, and Wavves and released the buzzed about EP, Kindred Spirits.
I caught up with Jai Wolf over email to chat about his classical music roots, making emotional electronica, and his upcoming appearance at Hard Summer 2017 (he’s also playing Lollapalooza on Friday).
Jai Wolf: I never wanted to become a DJ, I just sort of fell into it as a means to perform. My parents were pretty accepting of me pursuing a career in music though. They knew I was writing music outside of the classical world for years as a hobby and were really supportive when I decided to pursue it full time.
I wrote a song that merged my Bengali heritage with my love for electronic music which I had never done before. I feel like that song specifically is like my soul in music form.
I think nostalgia is a huge component in the music I write. I think a lot about my past and where I want to go in the future and so that spectrum of where I’ve been vs. where I’m going affects what I’m writing.
I think an intimate show at a venue allows for you to play your own music but at festivals you’re sometimes forced to conform to a larger audience. Lately I’ve been trying to break that by playing just my own music at some of these festivals.
Snoop Dogg for sure. That’s going to be really cool to see. I’m a big Tinashe fan and I’ve always wanted to see her live.
For more sights and sounds on Jai Wolf go HERE.
Sat. Aug. 5 – Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza
Sun. Aug. 6 – San Bernardino, CA @ HARD Summer
Sat. Aug. 12 – Salmo, BC @ Shambhala Music Festival
Sun. Aug. 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Moonrise Festival
Fri. Aug. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel