Where to begin when talking about Jerb, ever since his move to Melbourne he hasn't stopped showing us why he was chosen as a selector for Stewi Mag, you may all know him from maybe the beginning when he released "You know what it is" or from when his most recent his closing set at Xe54 one of Melbourne's biggest nightclubs, either way Jerb has shown us what he is capable of. With many releases & many bookings also this year, I personally think Jerb is going to come a long way in the future.
Q & A:
Question 1: When did the drive to start mixing and being involved in Dance music be a big thing for you in your life?
A: A little over 2 years ago a couple of mates and I booked an airbnb, one of my friends brought a mini controller and I’m not gonna lie i probably spent 4 hours on it just mixing, and that’s when I found out that I wanted to get more involved in this. A week later I bought my first controller and ever since then I’ve just been heavily inspired to do it more often.
Question 2: You have been killing the game recently with bookings such as Cicada, Xe54 & Shelter what can you say is the key to getting such big bookings?
A: Just keep grinding! A couple of people have asked me this question before and my response has always been the same. Go to these places and all the events you can go too, meet new people and just put yourself out there!
Question 3: How much do you think a crowd has control over your choice of track selection?
A: It’s very important to keep the crowd invested in your set, this can be done by the energy you portray throughout the set, go hard or go home mentality really.
Question 4: Favorite set to Date or Favorite Venue?
A: Most definitely Xe54 the other week, holy shit what a night. The crowd, the set, all of my mates there to support me was just insane, one of the best nights of my life for real.
Question 5: What is your favorite track you have produced?
A: I’m not gonna lie I’ve got a whole bunch of unreleased tracks, my favourite would be one i’ve got in the vault titled ‘Baby’, which will be out very soon, but ‘You Know What It Is!’ will always stay close to my heart.
Question 6: Who inspires you?
A: There’s too many artists to choose from, most definitely my mates who i’ve met down here, they’re my number one motivators. In terms of production, Kettama, Chlär, Mall Grab all inspire me a lot.
Question 7: What is the key to knowing when a track is ready in your opinion?
A: It’s important to make sure that you are 100% happy with the track before you go to release it. I rushed the Ricoh EP a little and i’m still not 100% happy with it, but I guess you’ll learn from your mistakes, hence why I’m not rushing this next EP.
Question 8: What is one piece of advice you can give to those just starting in the industry?
A: Go out to the events, meet new people and enjoy yourself. Take as many chances as you can get! Even the smallest ones. Last of all just enjoy the ride, it’s a long journey but you’ll learn a lot more about the industry by taking your time and also learn a lot about yourself!
Question 9: How did you get the name Jerb?
A: When I lived in New Zealand I was called Jer a lot and my last name starts with a B so, when I came back to Australia in year 11 a lot of people had nicknames and one of my mates just started calling me Jerb and I was like I rate that. So I just started using it in all of my design work and now everyone even my mum calls me Jerb haha.
Question 10: What is your dream?
A: Oooh, definitely to do an Australian tour one day, then Europe, but for now is just to keep consistently playing at events down here!
Question 11: You got any big news track or booking wise coming up?
A: I mentioned previously about an EP which is starting to come together, it’s definitely a switch up from my other music and expect some modern-trance type tracks as well as a bit of hardgroove in there too. Booking wise I’ll be making my way back up to Sydney soon and playing with a stacked lineup which i’m super stoked about and can’t wait to play in front of all my hometown friends so that’ll be dope! But for now just tryna finish this EP.
Question 12: What has been the biggest challenge for you over the COVID Stage?
A: COVID had a big impact on everyone in different ways I guess. I was still in Sydney at the time and it kind of helped with my music career because I had more time to work on tracks and I only started out producing just before the pandemic.
Below you can find Jerb on Soundcloud & Spotify
Tik Tok: @jerb.g