Jack Nova is an aspiring music producer based in Tel Aviv who has already released tracks on labels like Baikonur Recordings or Kontor Records.
We had a chat with the up and coming producer about keeping the focus on the music, his favorite production tools and much more. Read on!
What made you get into making music and who/what was your biggest influence when starting out?
It started all the way back when I was 6 … When my Mom sent me to play the clarinet. I was a classical player for 12 years, but during that period when I was 14 years old, I started to manage the school sound team and working at school parties, and that’s where it all began. My biggest influences started from DR.DRE, Daft Punk, Oliver Giacomott and Above & Beyond, who’s TATW podcast I’ve been listening to weekly for a long period of time! Today I’m mainly focusing on Pop, Hip Hop and R&B music.
You started to release music as Jack Nova in 2010 – in regards of how you produce and release music: What would you say changed the most since then?
For me as a producer, mostly I think I changed the way I look at the industry, and my taste of music has completely changed … Oh and of course I learned a lot production wise.
Mostly I educated myself more on the business side of the music. Knowing and understanding your rights are the most important things today, since independent artists have more tools to develop themselves.
Share some wisdom as an up-and-coming artist: When making the first deal, as a newcomer – what are the most important things, you have to take care of.
- Focus on your music and go with your heart.
- Don’t focus too much on how you look on social media (which is important as well but first do the best in your DAW).
- Carefully read your contract.
- Don’t sign as an artist straight away to any label (only if it’s almost a rock solid deal and you’re good as hell in what you’re doing), you’re probably still young, and you still don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow.
Indie vs. Major vs DIY – how do you currently exploit your music?
I actually do all of those, and I don’t think there is any “right way” to actually release your music … We can see artists get to the top of Spotify playlists and charts just by releasing their music independently, and some are doing great with labels as with DIY. Somehow I shifted to something else in this question… 🙂
Name your top 3 software tools for engaging in musical content. Explain why you think they’re awesome!
- Logic Pro X – Stability
- NI Komplete 12 Ultimate – A lot of amazing tools to play with
- Addictive Keys – Best Pianos in the game
What are your first steps when you start a new track?
Never know where it starts and where it ends 🙂
What are the opportunities and dangers of using Instagram as a musician?
Mostly musicians focus on how they look online and on the sound of their tracks, and waste their time with memes instead of tweaking dat BASS.
Name 3 artist social media feeds that you dig and tell us why.
Timbaland, and I think that’s all. I’m not really “following” them on Instagram.
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