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Interview: Joe Hertz is Redefining Electronic-Influenced R&B

We learn why the Uk artist is quickly capturing the ears of a generation.

We're not sure exactly when we first heard of Joe Hertz, but it most likely would have been around his first feature on Annie Mac's legendary Free Music Monday series. 

Since then, we've been continuously stunned by the level of work he's released, which mix a stunning blend of electronic music, some bass, with a whole lotta R&B. We've also loved his collaborations and his ability to find eclectic singers to bring a whole new style to his music. 

We sat down to dive into his mind and curation skills, and found out he's gearing up for an insane 2017. 

Check out our interview below! 

Hey Joe, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Your latest track sees you working with Jones. How do you pick who you collaborate with? What do you look for in artists you want to work with? 

Hey! For me, I look for singers with unique voices. It's never really been about how well a track will do if a certain singers name is featured but more if someone can bring something genuinely fresh and exciting to the table.

In the past I have discovered people online on SoundCloud and reached out to them, between me and my management we're always on the lookout for new artists to get in the studio with. 

You've been in the music industry for a minute now, and undoubtedly have faced your share of roadblocks along the way. How do you maintain your concentration on the artistic work?

Sometimes it can feel like a battle! You have weeks where you think you just can't write and everything sounds crap, I think that's normal. It's important to get away and take your mind off it for a minute and not get down looking at other artists who might be getting more done at that moment. I usually look for some inspiration elsewhere to get myself out of that mindset. I think the musical target is always moving in terms of what people will react to, so don't be afraid to try out new things. 

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We hear that you're getting ready to debut your live show. (If you're allowed to give us an idea) what can fans expect?

Yes, the long awaited live show is approaching! I have been a DJ since I started making music, so I have had my fair share of performing in front of people, but this is definitely a level up, with more people, gear, and planning! I’ve always looked to people like Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Bonobo and respected how they have taken their sound and made a visual performance from what isn't your typical band set-up. I'm trying to keep it simple, just me and the featured singers on stage. It's early days, and some experimentation is still to happen.. my set up includes a few controllers keyboards and an MPC type set up. I’ve basically tried to recreate how it goes down in the studio . In the near future I plan to get some more people involved for certain tracks, in fact I may get some live strings in for the first show.

Who are your major influences in and out of music?

A few are:

J Dilla

Erykah Badu

Daft Punk



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What can we expect for the rest of 2017? 

Over the course of 2017, the plan is to experiment and develop the live show, put out an extended piece of work at some point this year. and theirs a bunch of other projects I'm getting involved in for writing/production.

Purchase his latest track "Simple" via iTunes here

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