Singapore’s Integrity Records is in the midst of releasing the third installation of its remix series, which sees three exciting producers showcasing their take on the label’s recently released More UFOs EP by The Model.
The remix package will be released on December 12th and it features Ostgut Ton’s Tony Lionni, Swiss house don Dachshund and one of Germany’s prodigious musical talents, David Jackson. Hailing out of Heidelberg, 17-year-old Jackson is a budding producer who wants to prove he's more than what he’s hyped up to be. With immaculate attention to detail, Jackson reworks The Model’s Detroit house inspired, “More UFOs” into a lethal underground dance floor weapon.
In his own words, Jackson describes his remix as, “A cosmic, atmospheric reinterpretation of the original packed into a hard hitting dance floor tool.” The talented teen has already warmed up the decks for DJs like Dusky, Boddika, Mak & Pasteman and Tom Demac, released cuts on Blank and Kerri Chandler’s MadTech, and garnered radio support from influential tastemakers like Pete Tong, Monki, and Rinse FM’s Wilfred Giroux and Shadow Child.
Jackson heard his calling for music when he was just six. He started out by learning to master the cello but that wasn’t enough, especially when he was already developing a love for electronic music along the way. “Luckily my dad shares my passion for electronic music so we had instruments in the house for me to play around with synths and DAWs, making something sound exactly like I wanted it to,” Jackson says.
“I was hooked! It sounds totally cheesy but even though I’ve never taken any drugs that’s the way making and playing out music made me feel from the start,” he continues. Musically, David has been inspired by a long list of house, techno and experimental artists, saying The Prodigy, Aphex Twin, Burial, Flying Lotus, KiNK and deadmau5 have played integral roles in shaping his signature sound.
Jackson’s journey has just only begun. As part of a new generation of music makers, modern technology has definitely made it easier for producers like David to create tunes. But the biggest challenge as a budding artist isn’t just about building a grassroots network of followers. Being a teenager also posed a problem for the young producer.
“Reaching out to people is the hardest. Making music is much easier now but it is still a bit challenging to reach out to the masses. Also making music perfect for the clubs was a bit hard, especially when I first started out. I couldn’t even think of going to one,” he says.
Choosing the right label is also important when you’re starting out your musical career. For David, the music factor is just part of his requirements. Connecting with a label on a personal level is also crucial. And what does he have to say about his first release on Integrity?
“You can’t really put a specific sound to the label. It’s not totally techno or house but it’s certainly not tech house but somewhere in between those elements. Plus, the tracks released so far by the label seem to have elements of risks in it, which is something I try to do with my own tracks.”
Check out David Jackson's remix of "More UFOs" below. The EP drops on December 12th. Check out updates on the release here.