Jillionaire is part of Major Lazer, one of the wildest live shows you can catch this summer. He also founded the legendary event called 'Chicken and Beer'. Jillionaire dj's, travels the universe and runs a label called Feel Up. Check him out on Canada Day performing with Major Lazer at the Digital Dreams Festival in Toronto. Trust us, it's a show like no other. You won't want to miss it.
-Can you tell us where the name Jillionaire came from?OH I LIKE TO GET PAID IN JELLY BEANS. BAGS AND BAGS OF JELLY BEANS.
-What's the worst job you've ever had?ONE TIME I HAD TO TRAVEL ALL OVER GOING TO PARTIES AND DJING AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAD A GOOD TIME. OH NO, WAIT.
-You've been known to grace the stage as part of the Major Lazer crew. How did that start? Can you let us in on what the tour experience is like with Major Lazer?MAN I BLAME SWITCH FOR EVERYTHING. HE CAME TO TRINIDAD AND MADE ME EAT PORCUPINE UNDER A BRIDGE AND IT ALL KINDA FELL APART FROM THERE. AS FAR AS MAJOR LAZER TOURS GO, WE ONLY HAVE TWO RULES: NO CHEESE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND NO DOODIES ON THE TOURBUS.
-Can you tell us a bit about Feel Up Recordings? What inspired you to start your own label and who can we expect to release music with you?I GOT LUCKY COMING IN AT THE TOP WITH DIPLO BUT SINCE THEN I'VE MET A WHOLE LOTTA KIDS (YEP EVEN IN CANADA) WHO ARE WAY MORE TALENTED THAN ME BUT MIGHT NOT HAVE THE CONNECTS, SO JUST TRYING TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SOME NEW WEIRD FUN STUFF. AS FAR AS RELEASES GO LOOK OUT FOR MICRO PROPHET FROM OTTAWA, RICHIE BERETTA FROM NYC, FELLOW FROM AMSTERDAM, ICY LYTES AND KID INFINITY FROM LA. AND SOME OTHERS WHO I FORGET NOW CUZ I SUCK. BUT YEAH IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING SO WE'RE EXCITED TO FINALLY BE PUTTING SOME RECORDS OUT INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING ABOUT IT IN INTERVIEWS.
-Can you tell us a bit about the differences you notice in the music scene from Trinidad to what you see touring in North America? I imagine there are things you love and dislike in each place?THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF HAPPENING IN TRINI NOT JUST SOCA AND JUMP JUMP AND WINE AND DRINK RUM. THERE'S HIP HOP (NEBULA 868) THERE'S DANCE MUSIC (LAZA BEAM) THERE'S ROCK MUSIC (KIN SIBLING RIVALRY) THERE'S ALL SORTS OF SHIT THAT'S JUST KINDA BUBBLING UNDER THE 'MAINSTREAM' RADAR. JUST LIKE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD I GUESS. THE BEST IMPROVEMENT RECENTLY IS THAT PRODUCERS LIKE 1ST KLASE AND PRECISION PRODUCTION ARE MAKING STUFF THAT'S NOT SO FAST AND MORE CLUB MUSIC TEMPO, SO IT CAN TRANSLATE BETTER TO NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN DANCEFLOORS.
-Can you trace the impact that music has had on your life back to one memory/song/album?PRINCE - WHEN DOVES CRY WAS MY RADIO JAM AND OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN - LET'S GET PHYSICAL WAS MY TAPE ON REPEAT. GAY PRIDE MUCH?
-What's the best tour story/misadventure that you can share with our audience?AWW MAN THAT ONE TIME ME AND WES WENT LOOKING FOR SKERRIT BWOY. IT WAS IN A MIDDLE OF A SNOW STORM AND WE WALKED FIVE MILES THROUGH THE BRONX AND STAYED OUT TILE 5AM AND WENT TO THE ILLEST DAGGERING COMPETITION AND STILL NEVER FOUND HIM.
-What are your favourite cities to play and to visit?AUCKLAND. MONTREAL. AMSTERDAM. HONG KONG. IS THAT OBNOXIOUS ENOUGH?
-Where's your favourite place to work? Do you have a specific routine to get yourself in the zone?MY COUCH. IT'S A GOOD COUCH.
-What's the last great:book you read?SOMETHING DAVID SEDARIS I FORGET THE NAME NOW. I'M READING SOME GREAT AMERICAN SHORT STORIES BULLSHIT NOW I THINK.
album you listened to?PROBABLY SANTI'S NEW RECORD. OR LIKE ONE OF THE PROMO ALBUMS I'VE BEEN SENT THAT AINT COME OUT YET.
movie you watched?SENNA. IT'S ON NETFLIX.
food you ate?GREEN CURRY CHICKEN I MADE LAST NIGHT
-What do you do when it's time to unwind?LIE QUIETLY AND HOPE THE MONSTERS DON'T KEEP ME AWAKE
-If you could have any super power what would it be?THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER AGAIN I WOULD JUST ALWAYS BE SO FRESH SO CLEAN SO ROSE SCENTED
-What's on deck for you? Any exciting projects on the way?JUST TOURING FOREVER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH MAJOR LAZER AND RELEASING WEIRD SONGS THAT NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR
-Anyone you want to shout out?DUNNO. MY MOM AND DAD?