17 years old, from Copenhagen and an electronic-talent! That would be the quick introduction to Gustav Emil Berntsen aka. Jagan Mai. Since the age of 7 he’s been playing music, but since then taught himself to play electronic music, just by playing what he wants. And that’s exactly what this young Dane does; he plays exactly the kind of music he feels like!
His electronic music is mixed up with acoustic percussion and field recordings (recorded on his phone), and is often build on samples that he steels and manipulates. Unlike most electronic music, Jagan Mai is not made to make people dance. His music is supposed to give the listener that feeling where they are just moved by the music. And what exactly do you call that genre? Well, he decided to call it Teenwave.
Monday he released an EP containing two singles, released on the respected Bad Panda Records. We caught Gustav for a quick-four interview – read it while enjoying his song Envy, and after reading the interview you have to go back and watch his video as well!
[chat question=”What musician or band would you prefer to go on a date with, and why?“]
I think I would prefer a date with jazz-musician Sun Ra, because I really care about his music, his twisted ideas and his free approach to music! And yeah, even though he is dead. If I had to mention another one I would say James Blake.
[chat question=”Which artists have meant (and means) the most to you and your musical development?“]
If answering as the person Jagan Mai, it’s kind of hard to pick some out, as I do not find inspiration in particular artists. My music is build around samples, and then just take shape during the process. Answering as ME, it’s a whole other story. Besides Jagan Mai, I play in noise rock band called B R O K E N, and my inspiration there is definitely The Cure! My favorite album is Disintegration from ’89 , the A-side on that record is simply genius – the best 15 minutes of music ever! Their sound inspires me a lot, both as rock musician and bedroom-producer, as they really understand how to create that dreamy universe were you really get caught up when listening.
[chat question=”Which upcoming musician do you predict a great future?“]
Definitely my homie Bwoy De Bhajan, he is genius! His music is unique, and this guy definitely holds a wild future. I can also recommend seeing him at Roskilde Festival – go check him out at Apollo and support one of the next generations’ futuristic bass-musicians.
[chat question=”What do you expect of 2013 (and also concerning your music)?“]
Well, I hope that people will get to know me, and that I’ll get to play here and there, otherwise there are no bigger expectations. It would be cool to some day release a 7” with a couple of numbers on it. That might be far ahead, but who knows?
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