Every DJs best kept secret before he couldn’t be kept quiet any longer was future house/bass house pioneer Jauz. The kind of artist who has a unique sound he takes to his remixes of songs from all different genres. Every time you think you understand the vast scope of “what is Jauz?”, he will somehow surprise you with even more versatility. In a league of his own, Jauz is truly a gift to the entire electronic platform and culture.
If others could duplicate him, they would have already… but they can’t.
A sound and groove like no other, Los Angeles’ Jauz has found a way to mix gritty trap with future house and bass house that makes his original productions and remixes quintessentially his own. If others could duplicate him, they would have already, but they can’t. In an hour long set you will hear house, deep house, trap, wobbly dubstep, trance–anything he feels like throwing at you really–all with that infused Jauz bass-filled bounce the world can’t get enough of. Let’s take a journey through 10 of his songs worth having a chat over.
1.) Jauz – Feel The Volume
Released on Diplo’s Mad Decent Records, this tune is easily the most recognizable Jauz song that carries his quintessential sound. Despite it’s “old” age in this ADD-prevalent genre of music, this song still isn’t old to many.
2.) Jauz – Deeper Love
In the spirit of Pete Tong, this is a chuuunnne. Jauz’s debut release on Spinnin’ Records was a deep house inspired happy, bouncy, sexy original that house music and bass music lovers alike can agree on. A little bit of each genre to keep each respective ear happy, this track is just an amazing combination of music.
3.) Jauz x Ephwurd – Rock The Party
To publicize the release of this track, news of the mystery producers who made up the duo of Ephwurd was released: Firepower Records label head Datsik + Bais Haus. Jauz + Datsik + Bais Haus = more please.
4.) Rusko – Jahova (Jauz remix)
Upon release of this remix Jauz had this to say of his inspiration:
Decided to do a little remix of one of my favorite dubstep songs of all time, so why not give it away to y’all fo free? “Jahova” was one of the first Dubstep or even EDM songs I ever heard so remixing it was really fun for me, I hope you guys like it! Shouts to Rusko for one of the biggest tunes ever!
5.) Tiga – Bugatti (Jauz remix) [feat. Pusha T]
I love his idea of taking a dark techno track and making it playable in a set like his. This kind of versatility in a festival environment is one of the reasons he is so exciting in big, outdoor settings.
6.) Slipnot – Duality (Jauz x Sullivan King remix)
Another unique song choice for a remix: bringing in that metal influence and showing he’s not afraid to try new things.7.) Breach – Jack (Jauz remix)
The first song to grace Jauz’s SoundCloud account a year ago was his remix of “Jack” that was originally produced by UK DJ/Producer Ben Westbeech a.k.a Breach. Who is Jack? What is Jack’s House? How do you jack your body? And what does it all mean to EDM today? Only everything.
In 1987 Rhythm Control released their track “My House” which featured Chuck Roberts delivering the fundamentals of house music like a preacher spouts the gospel to Sunday mass:
In the beginning there was Jack
and Jack had a groove
and from this groove came the grooves of all grooves
and while one day viciously throwing down on his box
Jack boldly declared
“Let There Be House!”
and House music was born
I am you see
I am the creator
and this is my house
and in my house there is only House music
but I am not so selfish
because once you enter my house
it then becomes our house and our House music
and, you see, no one man owns house
because House music is a universal language
spoken and understood by all
you see, House is a feeling that no one can understand really
unless you’re deep into the vibe of House
House is an uncontrollable desire to jack your body
and as I told you before
this is our House and our House music
and in every House you understand there is a keeper
and in this house the keeper is Jack
now some of you might wonder who is Jack
and what is it that Jack does
Jack is the one
who gives you the power to jack your body
Jack is the one
who gives you the power to do the snake
Jack is the one
who gives you the key to the wiggly worm
Jack is the one
who learns you how to whop your body
Jack is the one
that can bring nations and nations of all jackers together under one house
You may be black
you may be white
you may be Jew or Gentile
it don’t make a difference in our house
and this is fresh!
These spoken words were then merged with what is regarded to be the first deep house record to exist, “Can You Feel It?” (1986) by Chicago-born Larry Heard. Quickly becoming the most played version of the song and laying the foundation for deep house music to flourish in the Chicago area. Understanding the importance of Jack and Jack’s House is to understand the very rules the entire electronic dance music scene is based on. 30 years later the ideals embodied in Chuck Roberts’ sermon are still alive and well. They are what 90’s raver kids dubbed “PLUR” and are the reason we all flock to huge music festivals today. We all crave the love, kindness and feelings of togetherness the EDM community has brought to our lives. Many people have made best friends out of complete strangers at shows and it all started by house music lovers following the gospel as spoken by Chuck Roberts.
After Jack successfully caught on to the entire house music community, the idea became so popular a dance move was created in his honor:
“One of the primary elements in house dancing is a technique that came from Chicago that involves moving the torso forward and backward in a rippling motion, as if a wave were passing through it. When this movement is repeated and sped up to match the beat of a song it is called jacking, or “the jack”. All footwork in house dancing is said to initiate from the way the jack moves the center of gravity through space.” [Source: Wikipedia, “Chicago House”]
Learn how to properly jack your body with professional dancer Brian Henninger here.
Respect for Jack and his mantra has been kept alive by new emerging superstars like Jauz continuing to find music hailing the trend and keeping it fresh by injecting their own new, modern sound via remixes.
8.) A$AP MOB – Hella Hoes (Jauz remix)
I absolutely love when Jauz drops some dirty, gritty 808 trap music intertwined with his bass house sound.
9.) RiFF RaFF – Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz (Jauz remix)
Another great example of the trap x future bass hybrid sound Jauz does better than anyone else.
10.) Major Lazer – Lean On ft. MO & DJ Snake (Dillon Francis x Jauz remix)
The original track quickly became one of EDM’s biggest radio crossover hits, amassing 763+ million views on Youtube. Spotify revealed “Lean On” became the streaming service’s most streamed song of all time, with the track accruing over 526 million plays across the globe. The record was previously held by “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Collabing with DF on this remix just has good idea written all over it.