Fade Up :: Just A Gent
February 11th 2014
Every week, Fade Up sets you up on a hot date with an emerging Australian producer who Sandro Dallarmi thinks are worth getting to know. You can hear the new Fade Up mixtape before it hits the Flog by tuning into Sandro’s show on FBi, The Mixing Bowl.
It’s not often that Newcastle schoolboys have their songs hit #1 on Hype Machine, but Just A Gent doesn’t mind breaking that trend. He uses a palette of electronic sounds that has become oversaturated on mainstream radio and will often sample cheesy vocals, but what makes him worth listening to is the creative way in which he arranges and warps those building blocks. Really he’s been quite crafty in creating a sound that appeals to a large audience without sacrificing artistic integrity, so it’ll be interesting to see how he walks that line as he grows as an artist.
Meet Just A Gent
Sandro :: You’ve got a large number of tracks on your Soundcloud account, but the first one was posted only five months ago! Do you spend a lot of time making music?
Just A Gent :: Definitely. I spend at least 30 hours a week producing which is great – being able to spend that much time on it after school and on weekends etc. I actually only created the Just A Gent alias around 5 or 6 months ago, before that I went under my own name, Jacob Grant, and a few embarrassing ones before that! But that is why the first track is so recent.
All the music you’ve uploaded sounds pretty slick too, but you’re still a relatively young guy. How did you develop your skills as a producer?
Cheers! I am young. It is a massive smack in the face sometimes too. It’s going to be really hard to get club gigs and whatnot because of that which will be a pain. I taught myself everything and was just inspired by other dance music since I was a young chap. Just experimenting basically!
What interests me most about your music is that it walks the line between weird and accessible. Is that something you’ve thought about?
I have thought about it, and it’s basically exactly what I’m aiming for as I progress as a producer. I want my sound to be weird and unique, yet accessible, exactly! Hopefully as I become more experienced “weird & accessible” will be what “Just A Gent” is all about 😉
- Fade Up Mixtape #25 :: Just A Gent
KLP :: ‘Down South (Just A Gent Remix)’
MB Sak & Bonnie Legion :: ‘Liberation ($aturn & Just A Gent Remix)’
Just A Gent :: ‘Warlock Masquerade’ [Unreleased]
Dillon Francis :: ‘Without You (Hayden James Remix)’
Just A Gent :: ‘Love A Little More’
American Authors :: ‘Best Day Of My Life (Just A Gent Remix)’
Akouo :: ‘Last Time’
Javier Dunn :: ‘Couple Of Drinks (Just A Gent‘s inLove Mix)’
Just A Gent & Kasbo :: ‘Sovereign’