A fresh face on the electronic dance music scene, 23 year old Jihyuk Lee aka Ju’tre has just released his debut single “Chaos” on all the worldwide digital stores. In this interview, you will be able to know more about this talented Korean producer who is growing as an artist in a spectacular way!
1 – Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in a tiny neighborhood in a boring city of South Korea, where no one had any god-damn interest in music. Music has always been around me, throughout my entire childhood. I started playing guitar at an early age, which led to my interest in rock and metal. But later on, I found my passion for making songs using digital instruments and enjoyed creating something new.
2 – Why did you live in Berlin? What do you miss about your home country?
Right now I’m back in my home country because of some national obligatory issue. So I guess I should talk about what I miss most about Berlin. I left Korea right after high-school, alone, with the dream of starting a new life by going to college. But school wasn’t for me so I ended up “living” in Berlin.
3 – Are you producing a new album? What are its best tunes?
Definitely. My next album contains 3 new tracks, all of them are pretty impressive and have my distinct musical fingerprint. One of those tracks is called “The Shock” and is actually one of the first songs I ever produced. It’s the root of all the other Ju’tre tracks that came afterwards, so it’s important to my formation as a musician.
4 – How long did it take you to produce your new single “Chaos”?
I honestly can’t remember. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a long time. I chose to release it first just because it was finished before all the others. But it must have been “in-progress” for about 2-3 years.
5 – What do you like and dislike about EDM festivals?
I like that you get to see different musicians and their different styles, but I dislike that some of them are so commercial. It’s no different than going to a local club.
6 – What’s the most difficult part of DJing?
I’m not much of an expert when it comes to DJing. I’ve been focused 100% on producing. For me, I think what’s most difficult about original DJing is that you have to mix and connect two completely different songs that are processed individually at the end.
7 – What’s your favorite EDM music video of all time?
Justice – Stress comes to my mind first if I think about impressive music videos. But there are many others I like as well.
8 – Do you prefer to perform in front of a big audience or a small one? Why?
Haha. Never really thought about that, ’cause I don’t think it’s an issue that matters. Do other artists actually have a preference? It’s like asking a kid, “Do you want big candy or small candy?” As for me, I prefer the big candy.
9 – What DJ equipment do you carry to your shows?
I used Traktor Control in my previous performances. It makes the mixing process a lot easier.
10 – What are your goals for 2016?
My goals? Releasing another album or two!