Operating in the North with a great big smile, Jayson Wynters is an MC turned disc jockey turned producer done good. We had the pleasure of watching him play records at Houghton last year and were humbled by his selective presentation of music. His far reaching tastes are best showcased across several hours as he dives and digs between moving parts featuring a stylish array of genres, tempos and blends.
His own music has been released prominently on Semtek's record label Don't Be Afraid but he has also made appearances as a producer on the likes of Mr G's Phoenix G imprint and on Ornate Music.
Based in Birmingham he also has a hand in the running of Cafe Artum, a record shop come cafe he has helped pioneer alongside Adam Shelton.
This May he will feature on our stage as part of the infamous Virgo Festival, an annual outing which has become a staple feature of our summer calendar. One to watch.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Jayson Wynters , I am from and live in Birmingham (UK) and I am an Eclectic Social being.
What does your music sound like?
Rugged, Random, Raw, Spacey and maybe Soulful in some places.
Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
In my Apartment located in the heart of Birmingham city.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Somewhere comfortable at home on a decent sound system (if anyone still has one) or a decent pair of cans with some loose leaf herbal/fruit tea.
What should we be wearing?
Vest and shorts..
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
A studio of some sort somewhere in the sticks looking out at hills or mountains with a killer sound system x2 technic turntables, a formula sound rotary mixer with excellent monitors. Or something similar to the DJ booth at the Clearing Stage in Houghton Festival 2018 (pictured below).
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Hmm thats a tough one, none of the tracks are really current faves so to speak but Pink Cliffs which was produced by my friend Flori is a killer track I forgot about and rediscovered recently. Changes by my mate Miles Sagnia is one of my favourites too and out in the Night by Barry Helafonte is sublime also.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don’t have one.. as theres so many of them.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Madlib… the guy’s a genius. He’s an excellent selector of various styles of music, one of the best producers and his medicine shows always take me to school.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Some primitive numark all in one cd decks I copped from Maplin (I can’t recall the make and model) many years back … I now have a set of Technic SL-1210 Mk2’s, A Behringer DDM 4000 and a pair of CDJ350’s.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Always the track I begin with as it sets the tone for the mix.
What were the first and last records you bought?
RZA as Bobby Digital in stereo.
Daughters of Darkness OST by the French composer Francois De Roubaix.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Watusi on the B side of Sun Ra and his Mythic Science Arkestra from The Paris Tapes Live At Le Theatre Du Le Chatelet 1971
Upcoming in the world of…
Music related a couple of releases in the pipe line a few gigs / festivals here and there, and on a more personal note finishing off my digital detox devised by Cal Newport. I highly recommend his book, especially for any creative human that wants to focus more or has trouble doing so the world we live in.
Anything else we need to discuss?
A little something I was part of this year.