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Meet Jay Gannon of Spaceallstar in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Gannon.

Jay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in a small town in Ohio and didn’t really get into producing music until much later in my life when I moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA. College was a pretty confusing time for me. I was switching majors constantly, getting rejected from the classes that I wanted, but the whole time I was having a blast so it went by pretty quickly. Ironically, it wasn’t until I graduated that I really thought about what I wanted to do. I always played with the idea of getting into music, so in 2017 I picked up my first midi-controller and downloaded some beat making software. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to put it down, and I started putting more and more time and money into building my own home studio and working with artists and other producers in LA. At this point, I’m stoked to have created a space that people I want to work with and look up to, come by and work. This year has been one of my most collaborative and creative years to date.

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel like I’m very much at the beginning of the road at this point. My struggle has really just been to make sure I’m doing what I need to be doing to get where I want to go. Having only been a producer for about three years, I just try to make sure I stay inspired as the first day I started. Luckily, I have a great support system out here with people I really look up to and want to see me grow. So I really feel like all my challenges are internal, I just need to put in the work and keep at it.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My main thing right now is working with artists that I believe in and trying to develop a sound together. The focus has always been beat making, but over the years I’ve been working on engineering, songwriting, and mixing so that when someone comes by to work we can knock out everything at once. When people come to work with me, it’s more than me just handing them some beats, and sitting back. I like to be a part of the entire process.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
More and more people are gaining access to tools that really only used to be available for industry professionals and large studios. At the same time, location matters less and less. Thinking back on how low the barrier of entry was for me when I started, I think it’s only going to become more and more accessible. So I really think trends are going to be more and more unpredictable. At any point, the next big sound could be being made in someone’s basement.

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Sean Poole, Ashley Harris

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