Jauz isn’t letting the fact that his Dangerous Waters tour was cut short stop him connecting to his fans to share his producing tips. The self-professed ‘music producer who happens to DJ for a living’ shares why it’s no longer about creating the sickest sounds, but about getting his ideas down as quickly as possible.
Speaking to Headliner from his mother in law’s house in Orange County, Jauz is finding the lockdown period a little surreal:
“It's now at the point where if you go outside, you don't see anyone who isn't wearing a mask, which is kind of scary, but it's also actually really great because that means that people are listening and they're doing what we need to do. We went to the grocery store today, and a couple of weeks ago it would have been hundreds and hundreds of people fighting for every last...you know, fucking real apocalypse shit! Now it's just empty.”
When not queuing for household essentials, Jauz (real name Sam Vogel) can normally be found behind the decks on a punishing tour schedule as an in-demand DJ, although he notes that he is a producer first. Before going by ‘Jauz,’ he went by the name ‘Escape Dubstep’ – making a name for himself for his remixes and catching the attention of fellow musician Kennedy Jones, followed by DJs, Diplo, Skrillex and Borgore.
Despite having an apartment in LA, after his Dangerous Waters tour was cut short, Jauz immediately knew that it wasn’t where he wanted to spend the lockdown period:
“I hadn't been home to my place in LA for three months, so I was excited to go back,” he insists. “For quarantine I was like, ‘cool, I have everything I need there; it will be fine’. Within about 20 minutes of getting to LA, I looked around and I was like, ‘I love my place, but it's a tiny loft apartment; I'm not getting locked in here for however long’. So I brought all my production and streaming gear to my mother in law's house!
"We're very fortunate to be able to be here because we have a backyard, a pool and the dogs are happy, my wife is happy, and I get to do what I want to do. After being on the road for three months straight, I'm not really that mad at being home, but I just wish it was under better circumstances.”