New York native Jaymz Nylon is a name that’s been in the mix for more than a couple of years. Heralded as the godfather of Afro-tech, Jaymz’ reputation as a sought-after sound designer, producer, and remixer has continued to grow since his breakout release, “Ofunwa ‘It All Begins Here’,” thrust him into the global limelight in 1993.
Spanning the greater part of the last two decades, Jaymz has built an impressive back catalogue of productions, not only diverse but wet with emotion. From Afro-Latin to deep house, to old school acid house, to broken beat to disco, Jaymz’ curatorial continuum knows no boundaries. In addition to traveling the world over Jaymz has touched down with labels like Tribal America, Nitegrooves, Irma, and of course, his own Nylon Recordings — proving that quantity and quality can both bunk in the same house. To date Jaymz has released three full albums, over a dozen remixes, and an even longer list of singles. And, still going strong; as the newest member of MotionFm’s five-star cadre, Jaymz’ “Adult Selections” podcast will be sure to leave no rock unturned.
Jaymz Nylon is now based in Seattle, WA., I recently had a chance to submit some questions to him despite his often heavy schedule.
Is there a specific genre of dance music you program into your sets?
Yes, Afrotech, Vocal House, Soulful House, Deep House, Classics and Afro House.
When you were growing up, who were your first big musical icons?
Isaac Hayes, George Clinton, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Bobby Martin, Vince Montana, Jr. and Gene Page.
Do any of them still inspire you today?
Yes, I would say that all of them inspire me today as what links them is their gift of being great arrangers. Aside from the talent of great song writing the magic happens when it’s all put together as a musical story.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I see myself as a contributor a documented part of musical history via my own releases and all the talented artists that are released on Nylon Trax.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
All the super talented artists on Nylon Trax.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Another family holiday.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A Doppio Espresso with a slice of Tiramisu.
What’s on your turntable at home?
Various Afro Latin Jazz, Willie Hutch, Bobby Womack, Billy Paul, Brothers Johnson, Talking Heads, Head Hunters, George Duke, LTD, Crown Heights Affair, Donato, Fania All Stars and Bennie Maupin etc… I will stop here as my list is endless.
Francesco Yates – CALL (Capitol A REDIAL)
Jaymz Nylon feat. Darrius Willrich – So Excited (Leandro P. Ritual Room Mix)
Michel Navedo – Se Encante – (Jaymz Nylon Afrotech Remix Uptempo)
Izzy La Vague – Sorrows Of My Life (Jaymz Nylon Afrotech Remix)
Mr Osup -Standards Of Deep (Jaymz Nylon-Afrotech Remix)
STEFEK & P4TC -Feeling Right (Jaymz Nylon Afrotech Remix)
Paradise 45 – Nalaya – To Be In Love 2014 (Fake Remedy Remix)
No Artificial Colours – Alex Mills – Reach For Me (Deetron Remix)
Paskal – Urban Absolutes – Kasar – Hold Your Head Up (Kai von Glasow Remix)
Roberto Rodriguez (Manolo) – If I Had You (Original Mix)
Spiritchaser – Find A Way (Club Mix)
Glass Slipper – Universal Love Vibe (Jaymz Nylon Afrotech Remix)
La Rose – 26 (Jaymz Nylon Afrotech Remix)
Scara – Silent Hills (Main Mix)
Those Boys – Adaptation (Original)
Tldreamz – Djeff – Undi Da Ki Panha (Original Mix)