ON FLEEK: Chatter – Interview

Jasper AKA ‘On Fleek’ crosses borders among bass house, tech house, future house and edm.

‘Chatter’ is an interpretation of how it feels to talk with human beings every now and then, as it’s really hard to understand and respect each other if you’re not having the same conversation.

On Fleek is very concerned about Planet Earth, therefore he made the choice to consistently donate a share of his income to charities dedicated to preserving this planet, reducing the loss of wilderness, and combating global warming.

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

ON FLEEK: Hey and thanks a lot for having me! On Fleek is an electronic project which is based on the idea that sometimes it’s so easy to feel distance from so called “society”. I feel more like an alien than a human being from time to time. That’s why most of my productions for this project sound a bit weird, deep and dark with tight beats, some melodies, and a funky wobble here and there. With this project I feel able to create whatever I like within mostly the genres bass house, tech house, techno, and relatable sub genres. So far I’ve been releasing 1 EP and a lot of singles. Right now I’m working on my very first concept album called “Aliens Love Earth” which is going to be a tribute to planet Earth.

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

ON FLEEK: I’ve been enjoying and making music for a long time. Back when I was around the age of 7 years old I started playing the flute, which I traded in for a guitar a year later. I played classical Spanish acoustic guitar for a period of 5 years and started playing electric guitar after that. I’ve played in several bands while I was in high school and that was the moment that I was sure that I wanted to pursue music on an artistic level and something that I wanted to do for life. Unfortunately at some point both the bands I played in fell apart. I was a bit down for a while and was afraid that I wouldn’t make it in life as a musician. I never joined a new band and my guitar kind of dusted away in a corner while I was trying to build a living with a regular job and a study. After a few years I really missed making music and that’s when I decided to learn myself to produce electronic music. While playing around with my DAW and synthesizers I formed more direction in my sound and decided that this was the way of expression that I really wanted to pursue.

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

ON FLEEK: My latest single ‘Chatter’ started when I was in a period of big uncertainties. My relationship ended a few weeks before and I was a mess. One night I drank way to much wine and I felt the urge to create something. I remember starting the project around 2AM and finishing the raw sketch of the song around 10AM when I figured that it would be a great idea to get some sleep. Normally when I wake up the next day I feel that it’s just a bunch of rubbish but this time the atmosphere of the intro and the energy of the 2nd drop really got me. Over a period of several months I’ve finished up the track because for me the track now had a deeper meaning. The track to me shows that you can try to talk and explain a lot to someone but that it’s still possible that you don’t understand each other. If you’re not having the same conversation, how are you ever gonna get to an agreement or understanding?

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

ON FLEEK: It’s okay. I understand that after hearing how the track came about it’s easy to feel sad or confused. In fact it really can be very confusing and exhausting to want something to work, but sometimes it simply doesn’t. That’s why I would be more happy if you feel some kind of ease and understanding that it’s just okay when listening to the track. As a great friend of me would say: “it is as it is and it goes as it goes. If it is not as it goes then it goes as it is.” In the end, the only thing that you can check with yourself is if your intentions were right and if you said sorry if you did hurt someone. If you’re sure that you’ve tried everything in your power, just tell yourself that you did and that it’s okay.

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

ON FLEEK: It certainly changes up the way I collaborate. Normally I love sitting together and creating tunes. I still do in someway but only one on one, because the regulations in my country allow visiting one person. I have however been collaborating over distance before the pandemic as well, so in that way it’s not to difficult for me. It’s just another vibe.

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

ON FLEEK: I’m a lot more creative and productive if I can work on something alone but the vibe of working and creating together is really more fun. That’s why I love a good balance between the two of those.

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

ON FLEEK: The last gig I played was on the 20th of March this year. This was an online show for Santa Cruz DJ sessions. This community is very supportive and also gave me the opportunity to to the first online show during this pandemic in March 2020. The last real life gig I played was in Rotterdam, in a venue called WORM. This was back in the last week of February in 2020. I do consider live streams as gigs at the moment but it totally misses the energy and real life connection of club-nights or festivals as I know them.

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

ON FLEEK: Aliens don’t come to planet Earth to destroy it. They come to earth to help humans restore and preserve it. That’s why on the 8th of May, the birthday of the big inspiration Sir David Attenborough, I’m officially launching my Aliens Love Earth project. I’m a big lover of nature and I’m really concerned about the condition that our beautiful planet is in. If we don’t take some serious action all together then the changes will be irreversible and devastating. That’s why I’ve decide to create a line of organic and recycled merchandise with some awesome designs. When you buy one of the organic and recycled items you will get a role in saving the planet because 25% percent of all profits will be donated to the WWF to support the battle against climate change. The project will be topped of with my debut album which will be available in a limited edition of physical copies and for supporters of the Aliens Love Earth project only for the first year. As a supporter of this project you will receive my complete back-catalog, a (physical) copy of my upcoming album, access to exclusive member live-stream parties and I’ll also be donating 25% of the subscription profit to the WWF. You can check out my Bandcamp to support the project or to check out more info about the project: https://onfleekmusic.bandcamp.com/