Down the Rabbit Hole - An Interview with Jarreau Vandal

“All art constantly aspires to the condition of music,” so said cultural critic Walter Pater in 1877, and all electronic music constantly aspires to the condition of the club - so said this cultural critic in 2017. The latter statement may lack the gravitas (or meaning) of the former but it’s a credo that seems particularly fitting when referring to Jarreau Vandal. This is owing to the fact that the Dutch producer crafts tracks with an inimitable bounce and maximal melody, a slurry of sure-fire party-starters and dancefloor-fillers, ever since he leapt onto the scene in 2013.

His knack for a layered groove stems from his musical upbringing. “My parents’ record collection was the first music I was exposed to; I was immersed in it,” Vandal explains. “Music Of My Mind by Stevie Wonder was one my parents played a lot and it allowed me to understand the way bands and instruments worked.” Soon, creating his own music in a home studio became a means of “expressing myself, it was a way of pushing my boundaries and becoming the best version of myself.”

Coming of age in Amsterdam, Vandal found himself at the centre of a burgeoning beats scene and with his productions in tow, he started the now-infamous Wavefiles parties. “The first Wavefiles we did was my first DJ set,” Vandal states, “it was luckily a huge success!” His DJing is now a skill that attracts him legions of fans with his seamless selections and high-energy mixes. Explaining his philosophy towards it, he states: “DJs need to play new music to people and create a night they won’t forget. You must allow them to escape from their daily struggles.”

Read the rest of the feature in Clash Magazine.

[This piece was published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Clash Magazine]