Jason van Wyk

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Jason van Wyk
Born (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 27)
Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Electronic, Experimental, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, Ambient, Trance
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Composer, Remixer, Musician, DJ
Years active 2004 – present
Labels White Notebook, Black Hole Recordings
Website www.jasonvanwyk.com

Jason van Wyk is a South African music producer, composer, DJ and live performer from Cape Town. He is most notable for his work in the Electronic Music scene and his compositions that have been licensed to various media.

Music career[edit]

At the age of eleven, Jason submitted some of his original works to Warner's Gallo Records label and started a correspondence with the label's A&R manager. At the age of fourteen, his first single titled "Directions" was signed under the alias "Sound Craft", a collaborative project with a school friend.[1]

During his early years as a producer, Jason worked under various aliases and pseudonyms doing a vast variety of styles for international and local based labels. His first single under his own name, "Imagine", was released on the German label Redux Recordings on 28 July 2008. A year later, his collaboration with Dutch duo Vast Vision, featuring vocals from Finnish singer Johanna, titled "Oceanblue" was released on the UK label Alter Ego Recordings on 9 February 2009. The label released an additional remix-release on 19 October.

Oceanblue received worldwide support, appeared on compilation CDs and was play listed on radio shows, including Tiësto's Club Life.[2]

Jason's electronic works have since been supported by acts such as Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Andy Moor, Cosmic Gate, etc.

His third single, and second on the Redux label, "Far From Me" was released on 14 May 2009. The Original Mix was licensed to Armada Music after which was seen play-listed by Armin van Buuren on his A State of Trance radio show.

2010 started out with two tracks, "Always" & "Once Again", being his first release of a new contract with the Dutch Black Hole Recordings label. "Once Again" was first featured on Cosmic Gate's 4th volume of their "Back2Back" CD series before its single release. "Always" and "Once Again" were released together on 15 March 2010 on In Trance We Trust and went on to receive 10/10 reviews on MusiCritic.com[3] and 1Mix.co.uk.[4]

His next single, "September Rain", was featured on volume 8 of the "In Search of Sunrise" series. The single was released 25 July 2010 on In Trance We Trust.

His follow-up single, "Dream On", was released 6 September 2010. The original mix was released with an additional remix from fellow South African producer Protoculture. The track was awarded a 5/5 rating from Tiësto and was seen play listed by Above & Beyond on their Trance Around The World radio show two weeks in a row, by Armin van Buuren on A State of Trance, by Sander van Doorn on his weekly show Identity and then was licensed by Armada Music to Max Graham's "Cycles vol. 2" compilation.

The next release was "Moments" A collaboration with Italian producer Amex, released 13 December 2010,[5] followed by "Someday", a collaboration with American producer Audien, released 4 May 2011.[6]

His return to the In Search of Sunrise series for volume 9 in 2011 saw him partnering up with another fellow artist, Swedish producer Joni Ljungqvist (JPL), for the track "Elsewhere". Jason van Wyk and Ljungqvist collaborated again on two separate singles; "Safe" (2011) and "Every Mile Away" (2012).

Jason has also been active as a prominent remixer throughout the years. Lending his sound to artists such as Grammy Award nominee BT, First State, Susana, Kirsty Hawkshaw and many more.

Jason has become known for his often melancholic melodies and moods within his works. Live recorded instruments such as piano, strings and guitars are often used and blended with synthesizers and electronic elements.

Jason's first album, Days You Remember, was originally to be released in 2012 but was rescheduled for a release in 2013. According to his personal Twitter, production on the album began on 6 June 2011 and concluded 19 May 2013. On 29 August 2013, the title was announced and the album released on 7 November 2013. Marking the first release on the newly formed independent label, White Notebook.[7] A supplementary single titled "Fields" was released on 26 June 2014. These releases came as a departure from his electronic dance music works and showcased a more experimental electronic sound.

Jason's second album has been announced for a release in March 2016 on the French label Eilean Rec.[8] On 15 February 2016 the album title "Attachment" was announced as well as a release date of 3 March 2016.[9] A video was released which featured a track from the record titled "Unsaid".[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2006 Jason van Wyk & Dreamquest – Imagine (Redux Recordings)
  • 2008 Jason van Wyk & Vast Vision – Oceanblue (Alter Ego Records)
  • 2009 Jason van Wyk – Far From Me (Redux Recordings)
  • 2010 Jason van Wyk – Once Again (Black Hole / In Trance We Trust)
  • 2010 Jason van Wyk – Always (Black Hole / In Trance We Trust)
  • 2010 Jason van Wyk – September Rain (Black Hole / In Trance We Trust)
  • 2010 Jason van Wyk – Dream On (Black Hole / First State Music)
  • 2010 Amex & Jason van Wyk – Moments (Black Hole / First State Music)
  • 2011 Jason van Wyk & Audien – Someday (Black Hole / First State Music)
  • 2011 Jason van Wyk – Luminate (Black Hole / First State Music)
  • 2011 Jason van Wyk & JPL – Elsewhere (Black Hole / First State Music)
  • 2012 JPL & Jason van Wyk with Cat Martin – Safe (Black Hole)
  • 2013 Jason van Wyk – Winter (Black Hole / Songbird)
  • 2013 Jason van Wyk & JPL with Cat Martin – Every Mile Away (Black Hole / Songbird)
  • 2014 Jason van Wyk – Fields (White Notebook)
  • 2015 Jason van Wyk, Stephen J. Kroos & JPL – Sun Rising (Black Hole)[11]

Unreleased works[edit]

  • 2006 Pole Folder ft. Kirsty Hawkshaw – Silent Stars (Jason van Wyk Remix)[12]

Remixes[edit]

  • 2005 Rene Ablaze – Autumn Again (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Redux Recordings)
  • 2008 De La Saal – Delirium (Jason van Wyk's Out To Sea Remake) (Redux Recordings)
  • 2009 Javah ft. Tiff Lacey – One By One (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Redux Recordings / Spinnin' Records)
  • 2009 Pierre Pienaar ft. Marcie – If You're Not Here (Jason van Wyk's Drifting Mix) (Media Records)
  • 2010 First State – Cape Point (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Black Hole / Magik Muzik)
  • 2010 C-Systems ft. Van Dresen – Embrace (Jason van Wyk's Offshore Mix) (Black Hole / In Trance We Trust)
  • 2010 T.O.M. – Monsoon (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Black Hole / In Trance We Trust)
  • 2010 Protoculture – Early Bird (Jason van Wyk Deep Mix) (Spundae Music)
  • 2011 Daniel Kandi – Promised (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Enhanced / Always Alive)
  • 2011 Meridian – Shifter (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Infrasonic Recordings)
  • 2011 Kirsty Bertarelli – Set Your Body Free (Jason van Wyk Remix) (KB Recordings)
  • 2011 Susana ft. Dark Matters – Unwind Me (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Armada Music)
  • 2011 BT ft. Kirsty Hawkshaw – A Million Stars (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Black Hole Recordings)
  • 2011 Betsie Larkin with John O'Callaghan – The Dream (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Black Hole / Premiere)
  • 2011 LTN – Ordinary People (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Enhanced Recordings)
  • 2012 Signum – Beyond This Earth (Jason van Wyk Remix) (Armada Music)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sound Craft - Directions: Discogs Entry.". Retrieved March 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Jason van Wyk & Vast Vision - Oceanblue: Play-listed on Tiesto's Club Life Episode 95.". Retrieved March 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Jason van Wyk - Always / Once Again: MusiCritics.com Review.". musicritics.com. Retrieved 4 June 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Jason van Wyk - Always / Once Again: 1Mix.co.uk Review.". 1Mix.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Amex & Jason van Wyk - Moments: Discogs Entry.". Retrieved March 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Jason van Wyk & Audien - Someday: Discogs Entry.". Retrieved March 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "White Notebook - Tumblr Blog.". Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "2016 Album Announcement.". Retrieved 20 July 2015. [dead link]
  9. ^ ""Attachment" announcement - 15 Feb 2016". Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  10. ^ ""Unsaid" Video Released - 15 Feb 2016". Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Jason van Wyk, Stephen J. Kroos & JPL – Sun Rising". Retrieved 19 November 2015. [dead link]
  12. ^ ""Pole Folder featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw – Silent Stars (Jason van Wyk Remix)" - Discogs Entry". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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