Haastattelussa espanjalaistuottaja JL Ortega.
- What’s up, JL Ortega? How are you today?
What’s up, bro! Well today I’m especially fine, I’m preparing for a little family vacation so I can’t complain.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I am someone quite normal. I have my family, a wife and 2 beautiful children and a job that feeds me, in addition to that I dedicate the rest of the time mainly to music, which is one of my passions.
- How long has music been a part of your life?
I honestly do not remember any stage of my life without music being present, I will turn 46 this year and I have been listening to rap since 83/84 (Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, LL…). I started producing music in ’96 with the few means that I had and since then I have not lost the illusion.
- What are you influenced by?
My main influence is the West Coast sound. I have always been a fan of 2Pac, groups like N.W.A. or Outlawz and producers like Johnny J, Dr. Dre or Daz. I love what they have done.
- How do you produce your beats? Do you prefer the analogical or the digital way?
I like the analog warmth better, but I use quite a few emulations as my budget doesn’t allow me to have a lot of analog hardware. I use is Ableton Live and normally I don’t use any sample, 95% of my beats is all composed by me.
- How would you describe your style of music?
My music is based on that West Coast style that was made at the time that impacted me the most, between the 90s and early 2000s. I miss those albums like The Chronic, Tha Doggfather or All Eyez On Me where you could listen from beginning to end 500 times without getting bored. Music is something cyclical and we will hear things like that again and I will be there waiting for those who need it. LOL.
- Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
I always get carried away by what my fingers do on the keyboard, especially at nights where I take advantage of the fact that my family sleeps.
- How do you see your sound evolving in the next couple of years?
I don’t know, I hope it’s better. I’m a very meticulous and non-conformist person and I try to learn new things every day to mix and master, so I would like it to evolve to a better and better sound in that regard as well.
- What can you tell us about your next release?
Well, I can say that “Killah California West” it’s my best work without a doubt, the one that excites me the most and the one that is costing me the most work and effort. Working with Bossolo has been incredible, very easy. He is a very professional artist and with whom thanks to he has been able to access some of the artists with whom I have always wanted to work. There will be 22 songs (the full 80 min of the CD) where there are many collaborations, such as San Quinn, Ras Kass, DJ AK, MC Eiht and many more that I cannot reveal yet, but I can say without fear of being wrong, that whoever listens to the entire album from the beginning to the end will hear one of the best West Coast albums that will remind them of what it was for me, the best moment on the West Coast.
- If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
In “Killah California West” there are many of the artists with whom I have always wanted to collaborate, but there are always many, maybe I would tell them that Ice Cube has always been a reference for me.
- What’s a bad habit you wish you could kick?
It’s not a bad habit, but these last years of projects, music has made me take a lot of time to be with my family. I hope to try to recover it soon, at least during the holidays.
- What have you got in store for the near future?
Right now I am not thinking about the future, I am still focused on finishing this album with Bossolo so that it turns out as well as possible, then we will see what happens. Possibly I will try to do some collaborations with some of the artists with whom I have already contacted and I have not been able do it, but I still don’t know.
- Where can our readers find you online?
My main website is https://jlortegabeatz.com/ there I am uploading my beats, you can see my information, studio or the artists with whom I have collaborated and I usually post news regarding my music.
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