A GANZ is “a sweet little goose chick”. It also happens to be one of the most innovative young electronic music producers from the Netherlands, and he’s been raising the bar for quite some time now. Known for his game-changing flips of Flume/Hermitude’s ‘Hyperparadise’, Rl Grime/What So Not’s ‘Tell Me’, Alison Wonderland’s ‘I Want U’ and a handful of other tracks, Jordy Saämena is set to release his second EP titled ‘Dino War’ on 4/20. We got the chance to chat with GANZ after his set at Naga in Cambridge, MA, and he was not only incredibly down to earth and humble but also very open about his history with music.
MS: You speak good english. Where are you from?
GANZ: The Netherlands
MS: What kind of music do you bump outside of electronic music?
GANZ: Folk, classical music, jazz, dutch folk music, hip hop…
GANZ: I hate trance.
MS: What kind of musical background do you have?
GANZ: I used to be a drummer. I drummed for about 4 or 5 years, starting when I was 15 or so. But I still can’t read a note (laughs)
MS: When did you first start producing electronic music?
GANZ: I used software to make hip hop, fidget, electro, dubstep… 5 years now with the electronic stuff
MS: Word. Do you have any collaborations in the works right now?
GANZ: Hopefully one with Nelly Furtado… What So Not (post Flume’s departure)
MS: That’s awesome man congratulations! What’s Emoh Instead like in person?
GANZ: He’s honestly one of the funniest people I’ve met. Up there with Mr. Carmack.
MS: How was collaborating with Carmack? What was that like?
GANZ: He’s really chill. Smokes a lot of weed, and really cool to work with.
MS: How did you come to start doing the flips? I think you were one of the first I’ve seen to do it, and now everyone else is doing them.
GANZ: Yeah, I did it because I didn’t like the edit or the ‘unofficial remix’. It’s just like a bootleg, but i just wanted to call it something else. But I’m probably not going to put out any flips anymore because everyone is using them.
MS: Who’s been your biggest influence from the beginning?
GANZ: All these hip hop dudes; Onyx, Wu-Tang, Snoop Dogg, Soul Village, that kind of stuff.
“It’s actually One Direction”
MS: What would you be doing if you weren’t a producer?
GANZ: Probably designing. Like art, graphics, web design.
MS: Do you make your own artwork?
GANZ: I used to but I’ve been really busy lately and it takes a lot of time so a friend of mine is doing it now.
MS: The new Dino War EP looks SICK!
GANZ: It was designed by the same friend who made my logo
GANZ recently premiered the first track ‘Trophies’ off the Dino War EP, which will be out Monday. Be sure to scoop it and keep an eye out for him on some festival lineups in the near future.