Chances are a few months ago you had no idea who Jai Wolf was, and your ears had not yet heard the melancholy ambience that is his music. However, after massive remix after remix he has finally caught the attention of companies like HARD and LED, just to name a few. We were lucky enough to catch the busy guy last Thursday at the Yost theater right before he threw the sold out crowd into an absolute frenzy only the way he can.
What exactly does Jai Wolf mean?
Jai Wolf: I guess it would have to start with my first project called No Pets Allowed. I was making dubstep and I didn’t think I was being taken too seriously. So I decided to take a step back and make music that was more true to myself. I knew I wanted to have a stage name so I came up with Dire Wolf, which is this mysterious sort of gracefully creatures from Game Of Thrones…god that sounds so dorky and lame.
My manager thought that Dire Wolf sounded too much like a Metal band and I still wanted the stage name so I did a search for top ten Indian baby names and I picked Jai because it was easy to say, and none of my friends were named Jai. I mean it would be awkward if I had a friend named Ankit, and I went by Ankit Wolf
We immediately got hooked on your music after hearing your Ease My Mind remix. Was this the first song that defined that Jai Wolf sound?
Jai Wolf: I made the Ease my Mind remix really early when I first made Jai Wolf and it was a cool change in terms of my other mixes. I would have to say that the Dollhouse remix is the first true Jai Wolf remix and everything else is based off that vibe and sound.
Did you expect it to get as many plays as it has?
Jai Wolf: I honestly made that remix with zero expectations. It was my first official remix that I made purely from within myself, and it’s crazy that a year later that song has over a million plays.
Your Dollhouse Remix actually helped pull me out of a pretty dark place, and it was really that overall feeling of that song and your music that helped me push through it.
Jai Wolf: Dude that is awesome! It’s crazy that you say that because when I made Dollhouse it actually came from a really dark place for me, and now I’m in a happy place its great. But I think that really great music comes from dark places, and the other thing is you can’t have happy times if you don’t experience the dark times; you need that sort of spectrum field.
You just got done with Coachella’s Do Lab stage, LED USA, and you have Hard Summer coming up what else do you have planned for 2015?
Jai Wolf: Ya the Do Lab was great, and LED was really fun, and I’m super excited for Hard Summer, but I just got booked for Bonnaroo in a few weeks, which I’m super excited about. We are taking it slow on the festivals this year because we wanted to give people a small taste. I don’t really think this year is my year. We will be taking it full force when I have an EP and some original music.
When can we expect to hear that?
Jai Wolf: I will be putting out an original song in a couple of weeks that will really solidify that sound, because I wouldn’t categorize my music as EDM. It will sound more like original electronic music.
Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?
Jai Wolf: I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this but 808’s and Heartbreaks by Kanye West. It had a big impact in the direction I wanted to take my music. Also Kid Cudi, Fall Out Boy, and Blink 182.
It’s funny I think my new song is sorta influenced by Blink 182, you won’t hear it and it won’t be obvious, but the way I write my melodies is very influenced by them.
Final question: can I get up on stage with you for Hard Summer?
Jai Wolf: HAHA! I gotta figure that one out, but no promises.