Young Producers Spotlight: Clayjay


Jon Anderson is an 18 year old producer from San Francisco. He’s best known by his moniker Clayjay, with which he’s been grabbing the attention of some of the biggest names in electronic music. Diplo supported Clayjay’s remix of Beauty Brain’s “Veneno”. More recent projects, such as his remix of Tulpa’s “Deer Stared At Me”, show an increasing sense of artistic restraint. Even over email, the depth of Jon’s passion for production is evident.


When did you first start producing?

I first started producing near the end of my 8th grade year, messing around with FL Studio and Reason, so almost 5 years ago. Initially, I wasn’t very serious about making music, watching a few Youtube tutorials here and there and experimenting when I could, but about a year and half after this, when I picked up Ableton Live, I really started to get involved with it all. Since then it has become my greatest passion and is becoming more than just a hobby.

Where do you find musical inspiration, both within and outside the electronic music scene?
A lot of my inspiration actually comes from outside the electronic scene, from hip hop artists; however, the two genres are starting to overlap more and more it seems. I’m most influenced by whoever it is I’m listening to in the present. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Earl, Post Malone, Tülpa and Travis Scott, and also revisiting a lot of Ta-Ku’s old stuff. One of my biggest inspirations from the start though has been Baauer, since he is always trying to do something unique and is constantly experimenting with crazy sounds and percussion.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world right now, who would it be?
If I could collaborate with anyone in the world right now I would probably do something with Andy Milonakis. I remember watching his TV show when I was little and his verse on that new Soy Sauce track is making me reminisce.
Describe your sound in 3 words:
Zesty, fusion, bass
Do your friends know about your production talent? How have people around you reacted to your music?
Yeah, all my close friends know that I produce music, and most of them have been supporting me since the beginning. They definitely have a huge influence on the music I make, and I’m always getting feedback on new songs from them. When something significant happens with regards to my music, it always feels like it’s an accomplishment for all of us.
Do you have any words of advice for other producers around your age?
 For other young aspiring producers, I would say my biggest piece of advice is to not force anything. I have countless half finished tracks on my computer because I wasn’t really feeling them. If you get stuck on a track, it’s better to come back to it at a later time or just forget about it all together, because if you try to force something, it’s definitely noticeable in the final product. To those just starting out, I would say just keep experimenting and watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can. I didn’t even put out a song until I had been messing around with FL studio and Reason for like 6 months, and even the ones I put out after that were pretty shitty for a while.

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