An interview with DJ JACKSON of JACKSOUND STUDIO – Martinique’s first studio with a 5088 console.
Can you please tell us a bit about your studio?
Being a DJ, I used to remix songs. So I was going to different studios in order to have a better sound, until I decided to have my own studio. I started with a home studio in my bedroom in 2002. Then, because I wanted a recording room, I rented a 20-foot container in which I installed an AVID setup. I didn’t like the sound quality, so in 2008 I bought an SSL Matrix, and then I started to order good hardware.
I took some sound engineering classes in 2009, and my instructor, Mr. Pierre BIANCHI, explained me that in order to have a better sound, it will be better for me to have my own real studio. So in 2012, I built my own.
Are there types of music you specialize in?
I do all kind of music: Caribbean – zouk, soca, reggae, dancehall – as well as rap, R&B, and much more. Also some sound design.
There can’t be many studios on Martinique…are there?
No – being on a small island, there are different home studios but there are only two REAL studios…and only mine has such a quality of sound and equipment like I have! Most of my equipment is analog – especially now that I have my Rupert Neve Designs. [smiles]
How did you hear about Rupert Neve Designs? Why choose the 5088?
Being in NAMM in L.A. in January 2015, I asked for a particular sound – fat, big and thick. Fred Perrin [of WoodBrass in France] advised me of some different brands, and I chose your equipment – which I know is not common in French territories. Now, the sound is perfect! This is what I was looking for.
What other equipment do you have in the studio? And which artists have been in lately?
For equipment, I also have Manley, DW Fearn, TC Electronic, Bricasti, Prism Sound, and much more.
For artists…lately I had Jacob Desvarieux (Kassav’), Ronald Rubinel (Section Zouk), Konshens from Jamaica and others.
What are your plans for the future of the studio?
Add more equipment to my studio – and put more modules in my 5088. I would like to increase the level of my studio. I want my studio to be known in the Caribbean and in the entire world. My goal is to receive all kind of artists who travel through the Caribbean. I have different kinds of personal musical projects that I would like to embody as soon as possible. Marketing my studio is also a way to promote my island Martinique as well as my culture and many talented local artists!
Jean Marc MERLINI, aka DJ JACKSON
JACKSOUND STUDIO Website
JACKSOUND STUDIO on Facebook
The 5088 Console
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