This week’s Guest Mix features Dominican artist Jee Bear (born Juan Attias) who is known for his energetic, uplifting tech house sets. He’s at the helm of Yet Records, and his music also has other homes including Smiley Fingers and Piston Recordings. Jee Bear goes deep with a one-hour mix of groovy tech with a hint of minimal recorded in his home studio in Punta Cana. He also talks about the motivation behind becoming a label owner and how artists can take advantage of this downtime to continue growing in their careers.
Hi, and thanks so much for taking the time to chat with 6AM. You just celebrated another year on this planet. What do you hope for in the “new” year both personally and professionally?
Personally, with all that’s going on in the world, all I ask for is for me and my family to be safe and healthy. Professionally I can’t wait to be back on the road playing gigs.
Life is all about the unexpected, and it has reminded us how vulnerable it is. What’s been your mindset through it all?
It has been hard, very hard. As I talk to you now I have been on lockdown for seven months and I’m sure a couple more are left. I try not to think about it too much and just take it one day at a time. I’m lucky I have a home studio where I spend most of the time and that helps a lot.
Is there a record or two, for you, that captures the sentiment or mood of 2020?
Jojo Angel – Joise (Eskuche Remix)
You’re the co-founder of Yet Records. More and more we’re starting to see artists create their own imprints. Why create your own label?
Me and my partner really wanted to create another bridge from the European scene to Latin and South America. So we thought the best way was to create a label and a festival in Punta Cana to showcase great talent from both scenes.
For artists thinking about running their own label, what are some considerations they should keep in mind when branching out and taking focus away from their music?
Have the strongest online/social media/digital presence possible, specially with everything that has been happening of late.
You’re by no means a stranger to the scene and have secured rankings on Beatport, but this hasn’t happened overnight, right? What’s a piece of advice you’d give to younger talent (producers and DJs), especially during these times where gigging isn’t happening and that’s usually not only a great way to play but to network.
Don’t be afraid to get in touch with people. With everything that has been going on people are more open than ever to collaborate. So don’t be scared of sending a few e-mails or messages asking people if there is the possibility of working together. Some will say no but I have had great deals happen for me this way, with artists and labels.
Are there any artists who are impressing you, and what is it about them that is?
At the moment The Willers Brothers, it seems everything they put out works for me.
You made a special mix for 6AM. What’s in store when people press play?
Deep, groovy tech tunes with a hint of minimal.
Are there any upcoming releases or projects you’re particularly excited about?
Yes, my release on Brise Records. It’s a label I have always looked up to.
Anything else you want to share?
Just sending everybody some love.