INTERVIEW: Jethro Heston

Hi Jethro, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Really good. It’s been a great year so far and the first release, Cut Me Loose, has been a huge success so I definitely can’t complain.

From all the songs, why did you choose to remix Cardboard Foxes’ “Cut Me Loose”? 

This is actually the second remix I have done for Cardboard Foxes – I’m kind of the third member of the act but I generally work on the remixes. There are also two more remixes for CF planned for release over the next few months so look out for those, one’s finished and it’s had some amazing feedback so I’m looking forward to getting the track out there. The other one I am just getting started on. This track is going to be huge so I feel privileged to be doing a remix.

Any plans to release a video for the remix? 

No plans at the moment but a few big labels have made enquiries about that track so if something happens with that, who knows, they might want to release a video.

How was the recording and re-writing process? 

Well in this case Rich from Cardboard Foxes sent me the acapella so I had no involvement in the recording process. The track is completely unique though – it’s only the vocal that was contained in the original. Sometimes a track just flows and it’s finished in a day – this one was slightly different. There were a few different edits before I came up with the final version, but I’m really happy with the finished track. Sometimes it takes a lot of work but I won’t settle until I have a track sounding exactly how I want it.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating or covering someone else than when you are working on your own original material? 

Nope – you’ll hear that my remixes never bear any resemblance to the original – I start with a blank canvas (other than the vocal). So it’s the same sort of process – just starting a new track from scratch – the only difference is I will have a ready-made vocal to work with when I do a remix. This is particularly evident with one of the forthcoming remixes for cardboard foxes – the original is an incredible track and you will hear that in my remix I have changed it so much that it sounds like a different song – even the vocals are almost unrecognisable.

Does the remix mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? 

Loads coming! The next release will most probably be a less club-driven vocal deep-house track. I’ve got a couple of options but think I know which one I’m going to go with. It’s the first track I have written completely on my own – I always write the music but have never written lyrics so I’m excited to see what people think. It also helps that I recorded the track with an absolutely incredible vocalist.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

It should be in March.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I started out as a DJ back in the late nineties, I used to mix garage and that’s what got me into production. One of the first tracks I made was a garage track with Major Ace from Pay As You Go, who are the crew that Wiley started out in, so I’m pretty old school haha. Anyway I’m getting a set together and I’m working hard to make it as epic as I possibly can – then I’m hoping to start playing out again this summer. I’ve had few invitations from some clubs in Ibiza so hopefully you’ll be able to catch me out there.

What else is happening next in Jethro Heston’s world? 

Just lots of music. I’m hoping to collab with some amazing, really well known artists – there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes so watch this space – the music is only going to get better and better.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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