Get to know – JHL – a multi-talented and creative genius who is performing at Joy Ruckus Club 4

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We’ve been talking about Joy Ruckus Club for a little while now, and as one of the participating partners for the Australian and New Zealand stage, we thought it might be a great idea to tell you some more about the acts that are participating!

Let’s start with the basics – Joy Ruckus Club is the largest global Asian music festival and it just keeps on getting bigger. The worldwide event presented by 400 Dayze will take place from 27 August – 5 September 2021 – spanning 10 huge days and 14 worldwide stages.

LiveXLive Media a global leader in providing platforms for livestreams and on-demand audio, have partnered with Joy Ruckus Club 4 to provide this exclusive pay-per-view partnership.

Here’s our final instalment in our spotlight series on the Australian/New Zealand performers at Joy Ruckus Club 4. This time we’re meeting JHL. A Filipino producer JHL specialises in Experimental Electronic and Hyperpop music which focuses on textural sound design and synths. His discography consists of remixes, DJ sets containing some unreleased content, and coming soon, a debut EP that is in the works. JHL has played many small online events and festivals in the new Hyperpop scene and is an active member in the growing community. Based in New Zealand, JHL focuses on networking and collaborating with various Australian and New Zealand artists through online mediums.

Why did you want to be part of Joy Ruckus Club?

A friend told me about Joy Ruckus Club and I thought the music and the opportunity were amazing.  It provides a huge space for Asian music which I think is really under-represented especially in my scene.

What got you involved in music in the first place?

My family.  I was raised in a home that listened to a lot of music.  I listened to a lot of classic Filipino music and a lot of Abba which got me into pop music.  What got me into production was an Icelandic artist named Bjork, she has had a big influence on my sound.

How do you come up with concepts for the remixes and covers that you do?

It really is an organic process.  Rarely will I have a clear direction when I start working on a piece of music.  I just start and go with the flow, then take a break and listen and it goes from there.  The process is usually about one or two months to produce a track as I have a lot of stuff in the works.  I love time pressure so I can be a bit of a procrastinator.

JHL ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

When can we look forward to hearing some of your own music? 

I do have an EP in the works.  I’m slowly working on it and am collaborating with more and more people.  I’ve always wanted to collaborate with others and now that I’m reaching out to other artists, I’m starting to get more contacts.  There is no firm release date yet but hoping for it to be in 2022.

What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have any plans where you want to head musically?

I’d like to do more collaborations.  I think I want to branch out from the hyper pop-scene and try something new.

I’d also like to get out on the road and do some touring when borders open up, as I haven’t done that yet.

Are there any tracks/covers/remixes that you currently working on?

I’m working on a remix of Azealia Banks a talented rapper and I’m working on a cover of Tool.  Both of the projects are really exciting.  They’re very contrasting but interesting sounds.  There are a lot of songs from a lot of genres that I would like to do remixes of. I would love to work on a Kpop remix at some point.  It would be so fun. 


Is there a particular artist(s) that you would like to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate on a track with this fantastic Aussie rapper I’ve discovered.  I’ve started to reach out to him – watch this space!

I would love to work with FLUME as well.

Thanks JHL for taking the time to talk to us about your music and all the exciting things that are coming your way.

Make sure you get your tickets to see JHL perform at the Joy Ruckus Club 4. Tickets are available from livexlive here.

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Written by Narelle

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