Jinco’s Music Is A Unique Blend Of Future Trap And Cinematic Orchestral
Interview by Christine Thompson
AMFM: I love this song, but when I go back and listen to your music, it’s all different. Nothing sounds the same, it’s all completely different. I know that we all try to classify ourselves, but in reality there’s no such thing as genre. So trap music married with orchestral music is a good idea. Tell me about the making of the song.
JINCO: Basically one of the things I’ve been into lately is house tempo trap music. So this song is in the tempo of house music trap, but I half-timed the drums. This song was an experiment more than anything else. I collaborated with Craig Dobbin in Santa Barbara, and when we got together, this song just wrote itself. It’s funny, when we were writing it together,
AMFM: It seems so emotional, which is what I like about it, and it’s cinematic. This could be a track to a movie.
JINCO: That’s what I try to do with my music, use as many instruments as I can, and create an emotion that will affect people in a positive way. Music is my voice, and to create and share with people in a positive way.
AMFM: And that’s the irony of trap music. It comes originally from the south and raising voices in despair. But that’s what music is about, raising your voice and trying to get a little emotion going.
JINCO: Absolutely, especially in the times we are living in.
AMFM: Yes, this is a crazy time, I’m going to have to stop watching the news.
JINCO: Everyday it’s mind boggling.
AMFM: Throughout history that’s been a function of music, to elevate the mind, to provoke an emotion, to change a public opinion. In this day and age it’s needed more than ever.
JINCO: Agree totally
AMFM: So what’s your hope moving forward… to do more like this? Your music is so completely different I’m sure it won’t be anything like Scherzo in E minor.
JINCO: Whenever I make music, I don’t try to make it sound like something I’ve made in the past. I try to evolve my sound forward. My favorite instrument is the cello. So I try to implement the cello into a lot of my music. Violins also, they are very close to me. I have a ton of music I’m working on right now, there’s nothing that sounds like this particular song. The music I’ll be releasing the next few months is just the way I was feeling at the time, pours out of me into the computer and onto the speakers.
AMFM: So tell me how you collaborate with Craig to make the sound.
JINCO: I will create the structure of a track…for example the drums, the drops and all the elements that are needed, then when we come together we collaborate on the rest of the instrumentation. We get together at his studio in Santa Barbara and come up with some great ideas. From there, I take everything and elaborate it into a full song, then mix and master it into the final version.
AMFM: Final version of Scherzo in E Minor, how did you know when it was done, when it sounded right?
JINCO: That’s the interesting thing, with music I never am done. It only means it’s done because it’s out. But even then I’m thinking “Oh My God! I’ve got to change this or that.” I’m so nitpicky, I’m my own worst enemy. So it’s never done until it’s out.
AMFM: With Scherzo in E Minor you married two different things, and now something completely different is happening here. So can you tell me a little bit about the surfer gone wild aspect of your persona?
JINCO: I grew up in Santa Cruz, which is an hour and a half south of San Francisco on the coast. A little town called Aptos, a real tight-knit surf community. You have the redwoods right on the beach, and I grew up in the ocean. I never necessarily wanted to a producer or a musician. It kind of just happened, where I had an experience that was life changing and I realized my calling was DJ’ing. Surfing was my escape from reality. I knew that if I jumped into the ocean, it would transform my mood. Surfing is a sport, but there is something that can be very calming. When you’re in the ocean, you forget about all your daily worries. You’re very present and connected to mother earth. Surfing was a way for me to clear my mind.
How I connected with making music, it’s similar but you are expressing how you feel through it. So if I have the ability to go and clear my mind and find calm before I make music, then I’m able to really pour out a lot of emotions. I try to go on surf trips every year. Before I was DJ’ing around the world, I was traveling around the world to surf. My profession chose me.
At one point I wanted to surf professionally. At one point I moved to hawaii and lived there for a year, surfed the north shore of Oahu, immersed myself in island life. I had a realization while I was there that I had to make a choice.
AMFM: If you don’t mind me asking, what was the life-changing experience when you found music?
JINCO: I went to Coachella Music Festival in 2010, and I saw some electronic artists, and I have no idea who these people even were. I had a friend who told me you have to go see Pretty Lights, and Bass Nectar, Tiesto, and Snow…all these amazing artists.
It was funny. On a Saturday I was watching Tiesto on the main stage, he was playing his entire “Kaleidoscope” album, and I was like “Oh My God, this is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen, I want to be that guy.
On the way to Coachella we were listening to post-metal rock, and on the way back we were listening to trance. That was it, I realized that was my calling, I told my family and friends, and I went for it.
But I knew that in order to be a successful DJ, I had to be a producer, that’s when I went and downloading the program, and educating myself on how to do this. And the rest is history.
AMFM: You’ve got millions of downloads now. So this was since 2010? To me that’s just yesterday.
JINCO: It took about two years to really get to a point to where I was really full on. It took a year before I was really serious, because I had a full time job at the time, it was hard to work full time and learn a craft, it’s so time consuming. You have to give up everything, your social life, relationships. and then the second year I went full on.
We have a string of releases happening from now ‘til the end of the year, we are looking to put out a new release every two to three weeks. We are on a heavy duty release schedule right now.
AMFM: Thanks Jinco, looking forward to hearing more.