Introducing L.A. Based Rising Star J Worra
Bass House is on the menu here with LA-based J Worra. She’s an artist on the rise and we’ve been keeping an ear out for her as she been dropping heat on the likes of Country Club Disco, Club Sweat and Simma Red. We’re stoked to be able to sit her down for an introducing piece and talk shop as she gears up to remix Scales’s latest offering ‘Fall In Love, out NOW on Low Steppa’s Simma Black imprint.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to chat to us! Where are you in the world right now and what are you up to?
Thank you for the spotlight! I am actually 36,000 ft in the air right now on the way to my Seattle show. I am playing at The Monkey Loft tomorrow night for a Perfect Driver 5 Year Anniversary show alongside Matthew Anthony- the label boss. Perfect Driver is the first label I ever released on so it means a lot to be part of the showcases.
You’re based in LA, but a Chicago native.. How does the nightlife scene in LA compare to your hometown? Have you got any favourite LA spots or local talent / DJs to watch out for?
I moved out to LA about 2.5 years ago and it has been quite the ride! LA is very different than Chicago but both cities have some amazing nightlife and overall musical talent. In Chicago, people are on a mission to dance so you can go to a club at 10pm and find the dance floor starting to fill up. There is so much diversity and richness in regards to the kind of talent that Chicago has. From Jazz to Hip Hop, House to Indie.. Chicago is a very special place and I am so thankful that is where my roots are. LA on the other hand is jam-packed with massive artists and on any given night you can expect one of them to pop up and play a surprise set, it is impossible to not feel inspired in LA. As far as local talent, there are tons of names. Born Dirty is a big one to look out for. The duo made up of Son Of Kick and Linden Jay.. the production these guys are pushing out is incredible and their DJ sets are even better.
How would you describe your sound, who or what are your main influences?
My sound is like funky, wonky, and weird all got together and had a baby. I am always trying to bring something unexpected or weird/different with my music. I really just love making something that people can connect with and feel something special when they hear it. I feel lucky to be in a position like this. I would say my main influences are artists like Chris Lake, Walker & Royce, and Billy Kenny. If we are talking labels, every track that This Ain’t Bristol puts out is an inspiration. I also love the releases from Perfect Driver.
Talk to us about your upcoming remix of Scales featuring Adana ‘Fall In Love on Simma Black
I want to first say; I have always had so much love for Simma Black so when they reached out and asked me to remix this track I was giddy like a little kid. I only had the vocal stem so the first thing I did was drop the entire original into a sampler and sliced it up so I could pull out little elements to use as a lead. That lead and the vocal chop lead came together pretty seamlessly and from there the track fell together. I put a whole lot of heart into this one and I am so excited to see how people like it.
We absolutely loved your track ‘Baby’s Corner’ on the Country Club Disco comp, are we going to see some more originals from you soon?
Thank you! I had a lot of fun making that track. I was actually listening to some of Josh Brown’s releases on This Ain’t Bristol and they inspired that one. I love the percussion and arrangements in his music: the guy is next level. You will definitely see more originals from me in 2017- I haven’t released an EP since 2015 so that is the plan for this year. I also have a few collaborations in the works so stay tuned!!
This is an introducing piece, tell us something about yourself everyone knows and something no-one knows…
Well, I think everyone knows that Worra is my mother’s maiden name. I’ve mentioned it before in interviews but it was very important to me to have a name that meant something to me and everything I do here is a tribute to her. What a lot of people may not know about me is that I have 3 true loves outside of music- cooking, animals, and pizza. If I ever hit the lottery I would buy a massive piece of land and become the crazy lady with too many adopted animals. And one last thing, for the record, the pizza in LA just doesn’t compare to Chicago.
And finally – what was the last record you bought on Traxsource?
The last one was Riva Starr’s remix of Ruffneck but the one I have been playing out nonstop is probably Gerry Gonza- B.O.B.