Assassin of the Week: jdub


It’s time for another edition of Assassin of the Week! This week, we are very excited to highlight an artist that the writers of EDM Assassin really admire. He goes by the name of ‘jdub’ and he generously took the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me. I hope you guys like it!

Tim: Hi there, J-Dub/JDUB/jdub? I think it’s important to ask, how do you like your name written out?

jdub: jdub – All lowercase like my logo, jd-_-b which is intended to look like an emoji with headphones.

Tim: Now that that’s taken care of, it’s a shame other DJ’s are trying to use the same name. In one or two words, what makes you stand out as THE jdub?

jdub: At this point, I don’t think anyone going by that alias has really done enough to distinguish themselves, though I’m working hard toward that end. But when it’s all said and done I would hope that “songwriting” will set me a part from the other “jdub”s… LOL.

Tim: Tell me a little bit about yourself. What is your life like? Where did you grow up?

jdub: I’m just a normal guy in most respects. I love sports video games, beer, and bacon. You know, the usual stuff. I married the beautiful love of my life, with whom I have two children. My son is 6 and my daughter is 4. My family means everything to me. They inspire me on a daily basis. I have a day job as a Business Analyst, which is only a means to an end. If I could make money from my music, I would quit in a heartbeat. I don’t really aspire to climb the corporate ladder and run in the rat race any longer than I have to. I grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. I know there’s a lot of negative stereotypes about the state but it’s actually a beautiful place and a lot of really good people live there. I live in Ohio now but I go back home every chance I get.

Tim: How old were you when you first discovered dance music? What did you think of it when you first heard it?

jdub: It’s probably been two or three years since I first started getting into electronic music. Some good dubstep started coming on my Pandora and I liked it a lot. I remember looking up Skrillex on YouTube and his music just blew my mind. I remember almost a fear response to the huge bass growls which were unlike anything I ever heard. It really opened a door for me as far as what I thought was possible in music.

Tim: What is your musical process like? Do you tend to enjoy remixing or producing original tracks more?

jdub: I’d say it’s probably 50% inspiration and 50% experimentation. It’s very rare that I have a complete idea that I can just sit down and execute on the first try. So I’ll put down what’s in my head and play around for a while. Sometimes things just fall into place. Other times I really have to work at making things work.
I really enjoy both. Remixes tend to move faster because so much is already there. I can usually knock out a remix in 8-12 hours. I think ‘8-bit Hero’ took me over a month to sit down and write all the parts due to getting stuck and coming back and tinkering until I could make it a complete musical idea. They are both rewarding in their own right.