Resident deejay at The Zoo Project Ibiza, Jonathan Tena is one of the artists names of Novotek. Today he talks with Novo Music to tell us about his career, projects as well as their vision about the electronic music scene.
1. How did you first get into music and producing, and where and when did you discover your love for the music?
In the early nineties my interest in electronics began waking listening tapes like Florida 135, Compliche, Barraca and others from the movement around ‘la ruta Bacalao’, Nau-B3, Ocho and several others in that style. We were some kids but some of my friends started to have turntables and buy vinyls.
At first I went with them, just to to look and enjoy these new sensations, but after a while I started to buy vinyl and create my first horrible mixes. At that time my passion and priority was to play football, music was an occasional hobby. The passion for music came later, in the late nineties. I realized that my interest in music was becoming a necessity and spent countless hours improving my mixing technique. I also prioritized going to several stores each week to buy vinyls.
2. How do you compare the international underground scene now, and when you first encountered it?
The word underground means to me, besides many other things, something authentic and well performed, that does not have a populist and commercial destination, yet it’s so good that it survives successfully. Having said this, the really good underground scene I see has very good artists and great clubs, but in reality the majority of things labeled as underground are not. This word is being used in vain and is losing a lot of value.
3. What do you do when you’re not in the studio?
Enjoying the quality of life that Ibiza offers, and the lots of good things you can do there, and my girlfriend, our pets, my friends and life in a country house .
4. When producing, do you usually seek inspiration from something or does it just come naturally to you?
I keep in mind the kind of sound and sonic qualities I want, but almost never look for inspiration from other producers or trends of the moment. My objective is to make timeless music that does not expire, make it good and authentic. Listening to so much music, I have created certain values that I apply to what I produce.
5. If you give advice to fellow colleagues; In this profession you need …
Advice? It takes so many things, that would be too many to name them all and neither I don’t know all of them. It’s kind of like when you finish studying and your parents ask you “And now my son, what specialty will you choose?”. In this world there are many options. The questions each one of us has to ask is this:
What kind of audience do I like? Do I want to be a star at any cost, even though it leads to the deception of my true principles, a manipulation of anything that benefits my image and statistics? (Until somebody uncovers this farce, of course.) There is also the option of being someone who is totally involved in electronic music motivation and would like to maintain a modest balance of the above, being legal. That’s alright by all means! And welcome to the world of the nearly impossible!
We are in the midst of a full transition within the sector and the steps or tips that I once followed surely would have very little value now. Almost all the producers and DJ’s of the new generation poke their heads in attitude. The essence that was created in a natural way, loyal and respectful throughout the years of history, in terms of the electronic music and the DJ world seems to have disappeared.
Everything is changing at a great speed and I do not think anyone has a magic wand of good advice. Maybe the good things made have no boundaries? This never fails. Sometimes I have the feeling that a gang of chavs has invaded the scene and now their law is what counts? Hell no! Over time you will see that it has contributed to nothing good!
6. Where we will see your acts this year?
This year I will continue to act as a resident at The Zoo Project Ibiza and the Channel Zoo world tour. I will also perform acts at the Sankeys Ibiza. It’s the revolution this winter after a very good summer season. The atmosphere is simply unbeatable. There goes all the authentic people who live on the island all the year, and did not have an offer to be up to it. My next dates there are on December 8th and on New Year’s Eve, a long night that will feature performances from top international artists. Stay tuned!!
On Bar-Club level I will be in my favorite Ak-Pepua Ibiza, one of the few places with the authentic essence of the Balearic Islands and its people. Now with its new dance floor it’s a blast! In the Nine 9 also I have dates. It’s a new club of the first hour, 100% recommended where you can watch beautiful people and sip on really dazzling drinks, it’s like the daily bread of things. In Shardana, Beatifull People Boat partys, Bubles, Lola’s, and Piccaró I will also be playing some times.
There is more on what to come and what’s not but, my friends, you know how it goes! There are many good things to be confirmed, yet they remain to be confirmed…
7. Where would you feel most comfortable: mixing or producing?
Doing acts without a doubt. I can not go on without acts, without making music yes. I do agree that nowadays we must produce if we want to advance, but for me it is a great mistake that there is almost no room for the DJ’s who only work as DJ’s. My opinion is that the people who are producers only and do good tracks have come to act as DJ’s because the people demand it. This situation lowers the overall level of the quality of the club sessions; the actual DJ technique and the show. The visual and sonic spectacle that a DJ performs, with an extensive musical culture, experience at clubs and in dance floors. This is also a must!
8. If we say Novo Music, you say:
I leave everything!! Hehe, jokes aside I think about an authentic, solid, thoughtful, serious and loyal product. The image it has is very good and the work perceived is always to do things well. Slowly and with good lyrics it is getting there, and Novo Music is demonstrating it.
9. We take the opportunity to thank you for working with us and participating in this interview. Wrapping up, could you let us know something about your upcoming projects?
You’re welcome! It was a pleasure, thank you! My new projects are taking shape in the studio. Together with Lun we are creating new ideas and concepts. I hope that one of these projects works out as a new influential release on Novo Music 😉