Jon Parra is a West Michigan made music producer who has gained a lot of attention in the electronic bass music scene through opening sets for artists like Ghastly, Chodegang, Kai Wachi, as well as through his heavy hitting productions like, ‘Ominous’.
We had the chance to hang out with Jon after his set at the silent disco at Breakaway Music Festival on Saturday to talk about getting started in music production, his side project Jevi, unreleased music and more.
How did you react when you found out you were playing Breakaway Music Festival?
I was actually really surprised. Sully (Crowd Cntrl) recommended me to their talent buyer and I submitted an application to play this festival. Then one of the guys messaged me asking me if I wanted to play and I said hell yeah. I was super surprised when I found out.
When in life did you realize producing music was something you wanted to pursue?
I first started out as a DJ four years ago. I started off doing my Dad’s Christmas Party and then I started producing a few months later. I also got a lot of inspiration from watching YouTube videos, so I just decided to try it out.
How would you describe the style of music that you produce?
I love producing trap and dubstep, but I have this other side project called Jevi. That one’s more on the other side of electronic music, similar to Crywolf.
To what do you attribute some of the success you’ve seen as an artist?
Just practicing my craft and spending hours and hours on the computer trying to make something. Every time you make a new song you get better and better and I try to make as many songs as I can. Some people think quality versus quantity, but I think if you start making as many tracks as you can, then you get to learn from all the mistakes.
Last question, what can you tell us about the next project you are working on?
I have a collab in the works with Seek N Destroy and then Osotyt too. I’m working on an EP, that’s probably coming out late Fall, kind of moombahton and trap. Maybe an EP on the No Tomorrow label, that one will probably be later next year.
If you didn’t get a chance to catch Jon at Breakaway Music Festival or Prime Music Festival, you can catch him performing as Jevi at The Stache on Friday, September 22nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door day of the show. Tickets can be purchased via locals Sandose, Jevi, and Hizen or The Intersection’s website.
Article Author: Sean Billisitz
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