I’m Jobke Heiblom, also known as Jay Hardway, from Drunen in the Netherlands. I make music and tour the world as a DJ.
For as long as I can remember, I was drawn to music, instruments and anything that has buttons really. I loved playing with my parents’ stereo and started by playing drums.
I always wanted to make music, but didn’t know how, until I found out about FL Studio, which enabled me to make my own melodies and sounds really easily.
From that moment, I’ve spent hours in my parents house making music until I was finally good enough to start releasing it. I think this was around 6 or 7 years after I started producing.
In 2013 I released ‘Wizard’ with Martin Garrix and from that moment I’ve been touring and making music full time!
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
As I mentioned, I’ve always wanted to make music, but didn’t really know how until I saw a video of Basshunter explaining how he made music.
He used FL Studio and this encouraged me download it to try it. I was so excited, because I could finally create my own melodies so easily with the piano roll.
The overall layout of FL Studio helped me to get my creative ideas out quickly. It was easy to use samples and modify them in a playful way.
I think this is what makes FL Studio so great. I can work fast, and it allows me to play around while still being able to get into depth technically.
Tell us about your career and some of the artists you worked with?
I’ve worked with many artists but Martin Garrix is probably the most well known. We released ‘Wizard’ in 2013 together, made in FL Studio. Other artists are Bassjackers, DVBBS, Moti Mesto, The Him and many more. What I love about working with other producers is that I get to see a totally different workflow, even if they use the same software.
This inspires me a lot creatively. It helps me try out new stuff and experiment way more.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use?
My studio setup is very basic. I work on a Windows PC and, as of this interview, I’m using the Adam A7X studio monitors. I do most of my work digitally. I use a lot of different plugins, including some of the FL Studio stock plugins.
I use a Roland digital piano as a midi controller, and a Roland Juno 60 synth and a talkbox. Other than that I sometimes use an electric guitar. My studio is located in a building with other studios, including Tom & Jame, Max Oude Weernink (former Dirtcaps) and Wiwek’ studios. This makes it a very creative environment.