The electronic scene has long been a predominately male dominated industry, but the issue with that is... music doesn't have a gender. It's always amazing to see producers that truly stand out and break the mold only to make the mold. J.Worra has been taking the scene by storm since 2011 and is only growing as a producer and DJ as well as an Icon. Get to know a little more about her and listen to Magnetic Mag premiere of her Dirtybird Campout Mix Series here:
How did you get into the industry? What drove you to making the music that you make?
- I got into electronic music when I was living in Chicago. I went to all kinds of shows but some of the most pivotal for me were Green Velvet, Gene Farris, and a few shows that Chris Lake came and played in 2011. After that I dove head first into DJing and teaching myself production.. I never really looked back.
What has been your favorite piece of music to work on and how did it come about?
- Probably "Modern Medicine" which I released this year and spent the last 6 months of 2017 working on. It features a vocal from Dances With White Girls and as I was making it I knew it was going to be a big one for me. It had so many versions and at one point it had one of my vocals on it. I think it was just fun to see how it came to life and ultimately what some patience and persistence can do for a track.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, or if you have already had your dream collaboration. Who would it be and how do you think you your influences would translate in the music?
- I would probably say Green Velvet. He is such a legend and to be able to be part of his story and have him part of mine (even more so) would be incredible. I pull so much influence from him and have found a way to translate it into my own style so it would be interesting to see what we came up with together.
What have been your biggest struggles on your rise as a music producer?
- Well.. there are a few I could touch on but probably the biggest hurdle was finding my own sound. It took a long time and there were a lot of things that didn’t work out that forced me to work harder or dig deeper, in turn helping me find that sound. Sometimes our biggest disappointments or sadnesses can be the greatest gift.
If you could give any piece of advice to aspiring producers, especially females who look up to you, what would you tell them and how would you be able to use your experiences to help them?
- Find a way to be resilient. You will always have a reason to give up and feel broken down but working through those moments only make the success that much sweeter. For females specifically, treat yourself as though you are like every other producer out there. Music (the actual product/music produced) has no gender. Keep your head down and push yourself to make great music and ignore the noise. Let your music speak for you and most importantly help and support other women coming up or trying to come up in this industry. It’s not a competition. We need to be there for each other.
What's been the best experience in your career so far?
- Probably seeing people get excited over what I am doing. Having people tweet at me, send me messages, ask for photos, it is all still so crazy for me and it means more than I can put into words. I feel really thankful to be able to tour and make music and I’m only just getting started!
What's next for J. Worra?
- The second half of 2018 is going to be some really selective club shows/festivals and a lot of time in the studio. I have a big remix coming out this year- I can’t say who it’s for but it was a huge honor and I am excited for people to hear it— it might be buried in my mix along with a ton of other unreleased music from me!
You can try to find that remix in the mix above.