With a US tour currently underway, the launch of a successful bi-monthly mix series and a catalogue of solid productions under his belt, it’s fair to say that Jonas Rathsman is smashing it right now.
With previous releases on labels such as French Express, Defected and Method White and having published THAT Essential Mix last summer, Jonas Rathsman is a name you need to be familiar with. His production laces warm melodies and deep grooves, offering a unique and uplifting style that floats between house/techno. He’s solid as both a DJ and a producer and is continuing to grow from strength to strength as the launch of his ELEMENTS project has proven; his three mixes have nearly racked up 100k listens!
We managed to catch up with Jonas to chat about his tour, ELEMENTS and more…
Hey Jonas, thanks for taking the time to speak to us, you must be pretty busy with having recently got back from the US and EDC in Mexico – how’s tour life been treating you? You’ve got a few exciting dates coming up too with Miami and the launch of your ELEMENTS events in the UK, you must be pretty excited for those gigs?
Hey! Thank you for taking the time! It has been very busy indeed, but I am really enjoying everything at the moment – so far this year the studio flow and the touring has been great and I’m also finding time to spend with my family which is essential. Life is good!
We’ve been hammering your Essential Mix since it was aired in June last year, it’s featured at many of our pre and after parties – so thanks for that one! It’s full of some real solid tunes and also some tracks of yours that you’ve now released. We simply cannot get enough of ‘New Generation’ which also found support from Radio 1 as its Essential New Tune. Its a huge follow up from your previous release Wolfsbane too! How did you react when you were asked to produce an Essential Mix? It’s certainly a badge of honour to produce a mix for the world famous show – did you feel any pressure to create it? How did you go about finalising your track listing?
It was an honour, it really was. I think when the opportunity presented itself, it is a chance to do something on a higher level and put a lot more thought into the journey and experience for the listener. I am quite meticulous when it comes to planning tracks for a mix and I’m trying to make sure each one has it’s own space across the ”journey”. It definitely made me realise how much I miss putting out regular mixes, and that was the main reason for launching the ELEMENTS Mix Series.
Really happy you liked New Generation!! I’m really proud of that record, and it was such a pleasure to work with the Kompakt Records crew on it – they’re always on point in everything they do. I was so shocked when it was selected as Essential New Tune!
It’s fair to say Radio 1 has been a big supporter of you and your sound with your tracks gaining air time from Annie Mac and Pete Tong, particularly after your monster remix of Sam Smith’s ‘Like I Can’. You’ve also recently remixed Disclosure’s ‘Omen’ and have a pretty impressive back catalogue of remixes for artists such as Tensnake, Duke Dumont and Monkey Safari. How do you go about bringing your sound into these tracks – do you follow the same creative process in creating beats and melodies as if you were producing your own track or do you have a different approach?
Yes, Radio 1 have really been supporting me! It has been great to see, and of course much appreciated.
When I take on a remix, I have to hear a certain quality in the track. It can be anything from just a short piece of vocal or a synth stab for example. Something that gets me excited, and then I build everything around that. I rarely use any other parts! I just build my remix around that specific element and try and find melodies and sounds to complement it with a view of how it will work in a club.
Do you have any tips for any producers who are learning to create electronic music and experimenting with their own sound? Any top tips for creating a killer remix?
Only remix something that you feel you are genuinely excited about! That excitement or inspiration has to drive the rest of the creative process.
Trust your gut feeling thru the process, if you feel that something is great then it probably is. Don’t be afraid to ask friends around you for input or help if you get stuck.
Last year you launched a bi-monthly mix series called ELEMENTS, the first of which is an absolute killer of a mix and has already racked up over 44,000 listens. You just launched the events series in North America and are bringing it the UK soon. Can you tell us any more?
Ah so glad you enjoy it! I tend to put a lot of time and thought in to the mix for each episode. The search for new music is the most time consuming part but It’s also a great way to discover new music and new talents out there. I feel blessed that I get to premiere music from some of my favourite producers at the moment. Each episode also come with an amazing artwork inspired by the elements of nature.
The North America ELEMENTS series was a lot of fun! I brought some friends along to each event and it was great to showcase ELEMENTS in a club environment.
In March, we are launching the UK Series on my birthday (31st March) at the legendary Sub Club in Glasgow! It’s going to be a massive rave, I hope! Then we move on to Autumn Street Studios in London, and Joshua Brooks in Manchester. Tickets are on sale for the tour here.
We love the style of the artwork for your Elements project – who’s behind the artwork and what’s the inspiration for it?
The artwork is done by a very talented designer called Ben Thomas from Cape & Monocle! The inspiration behind it was a connection with the natural elements that I feel we have here in Sweden, coupled with my love for partying outdoors!
There’s just one final question that we ask everybody – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?
I’d keep it nice a simple – I’d gather all my friends and then hit the nearest pub for a whole day of drinking and laughing! These are my favourite days sometimes.
Thanks for chatting to us Jonas, we absolutely love your sound – keep it coming!
Thank you for having me and for the support! x
Jonas’ latest track ‘Cobalt’ is out now on DIYNAMIC- stream below.