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What first drew you into music?

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had the fortune of being born into a home with both of my parents being artistic and holding a career in their respective arts. My mother is an art instructor and my Dad is the bass player for the Grammy nominated band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, so my access to resources is quite incredible. My Uncle who is also an accomplished musician has been a great inspiration to me as well. My uncle Jason Hutchings is a (Left Blank) 

Your track “Overdrive” is absolutely amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?

I’m happy you like it! And the reason I was able to accomplish such an ability to mix and master my tracks in what may be seemingly a couple of weeks is because it wasn’t a couple of weeks! My music is whatever I think sounds nice to me, but my creative process is quite strange. It usually only takes me a few minutes to create one of my songs and every one of my songs are made in one sitting, but it’s quite random when it happens. Whenever I’m at my computer, I’ll create new FXP’s and work on mastering techniques. I’ll study songs I like and other things like that, but every now and then I’ll feel this flare in my head and that’s when I know it’s time to make a song. I usually feel like I’m in this new world with some crisp air and geometric hills and I just see the most amazing things. I’m able to listen to feelings and I get so invested in this futuristic euphoria that I forget myself and I try to translate it into music. So to answer your original question what seems like a quick process when it comes time to make a new piece is actually my ability to draw back on my education in the arts of digital music and then apply what I have learned to what I want to accomplish in the DAW. 

People say that music is the gateway to heaven and to be able to communicate my senses to someone so when they listen to my music they can try and live in this brilliant utopia and imagine this beautiful feeling through my music. Before I was established as Jaden Raymond, I owned an account called ToykoMilk, another one called O.K. and then finally the Jaden Raymond you know today. I have around three years of experience in various DAW’s and I have a strong tie to alternative electronic music like synthwave and Riddim.

Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love experimenting with new sounds. Can you tell us more about your studio setup and some of your favorite plugins/instruments? 

When it comes to my sounds and studio it’s not that impressive. I have been using FL Studio for the past three years and I use a Casio CTK-411 for a midi keyboard trigger. My midi interface is a PreSonus Audiobox USB and the microphone I use is a Shure KSM32. However, when it comes to plug ins I rely heavily on Serum. All of my personal sound design and every bass drop you have heard in any of my songs were made in Serum. Other than that, the plugins that came with my DAW for mastering, sidechain, compression and leveling work just fine. New sounds are easy to make if you know what you want to hear. You just need patience.

Your music sounds very organic and authentic. Do you play any real-life instruments? 

I do. I play Piano, Drums, Bass, Guitar and ukulele and I always like to experiment with any instruments I can get my hands on. What I’m focused on isn’t just the ability to play, but to compose. Before EDM, I liked to attempt to play compositions in classical, jazz and reggae. I believe that inspiration is the most important part of my music. Of course you can say a song is advanced because it’s in an odd time signature or someone has mastered the song perfectly and it has a complicated theoretical structure and that’s understandable, however music is art. The goosebumps a song can give you or how the song makes you feel can’t be tied to an algorithm. Music is so much more than numbers. There are so many subconscious elements and hidden automation which really makes a song incredible. It’s like the song Estimated Prophet by The Grateful Dead or Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles or even the theme song for the animated show Bojack Horseman. All these songs bring me to the same place, yet they are so different. Each song has a different level of complexity yet they are all so beautiful. And the beauty of music is that you can disagree with me. If your opinion differs from mine and your soul is fed by other songs, the music is doing its job. Nothing on this planet makes me happier then when my music makes someone think or if it’s a key to an emotion. There are people who down right hate my music, but that’s ok. You can be the most delicious peach in the world and there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like peaches, but the ones who do will be the happiest when they find you.

 What are your musical goals for the future?

I’ll never stop growing as a musician, but right now it’s time to take statistical action. I’ve been trying to grow a following and I’ve been doing some PR and using some promotional methods to reach the biggest organic audience I can. The most important thing to me is the music. My goal would be to make sure people enjoy my art, however it is very important for me to be able to provide for myself through my craft. If I could find a balance between the art and business it would be a successful future. I hope one day I’ll be a musician someone looks up to, I want to make my music affect the world. They say if you shoot for the stars you can at least land on the moon, I’ll shoot for the edge of the universe. 

What are your goals for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

Yup! Look out for Volume 4, 5 and 6. And new beginnings. Once I get over 2,000 followers, I’ll take White Nebula off of the private setting.

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