Interview: Jagara Open Up About Their Creative Process

YMX sat down with Berlin based electronic act Jagara. We discussed their new single ‘Into The Night’, how they coped during the pandemic and what else they have in store this year.

YMX: Hey Jagara, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?

Jagara: Can’t wait to see you all at a real life show!

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?

Jagara: Maybe subconsciously, when dancing around our living room to Peruvian guitar music and listening to Radiohead on a rainy Sunday.

YMX: You recently released ‘Into The Night’. Can you tell us how that project came about?

Jagara: ‘Into the Night’ was written by Jane and developed at our family home studio.“I found this choral vocal sample that I pitched to different notes to create a falling melody that moved with the chords. ‘I don’t need to lose myself’ was the first line that came to me and the song has gone through a few transformations to become the big dance track it is now.

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the ‘Into The Night’?

Jagara: Release and freedom from responsibility. But also a conscious connection to each other, especially after so much time spent physically apart.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?

Jagara: For the first lockdown, I think everyone was still in shock and for me, writing became more intense and the subject matter was related to yearning and self expression. As I lost my jobs, it also provided the mixed blessing of more downtime to learn more about production and to connect with a female/non-binary network (2% Rising) online. Last December, we actually released a track that was written via remote collaboration with the Ukrainian electronic duo, Krapka;KOMA. Through messages and zoom calls, we fine-tuned it and it was actually a pretty easy and relaxing process.

YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?

Jagara: I feel confident writing alone, as writing is a personal process, but I also like to collaborate (virtually) with Cat and Ruth. This past year, I have also worked with a Ukraine-based electronic duo (mentioned above) and a London-based producer, who are part of a growing female/non-binary music network. There are other ongoing musical projects with producers and DJs, which have been valuable learning curves.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?

Jagara: It was actually a livestream recorded from my bedroom in Berlin to bring in the new year with my friend Astra Pentaxia, who is also an electronic artist, as well as a photographer and video editor. We plan to do another sometime soon and before too long, I hope to be in the same room as Cat and Ruth!

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)

Jagara: There’ll be another release before the summer and if we can find the funds, another video too!