Jai Wolf aka Sajeeb Saha returns today with his first single in 16 months. Lost featuring Chelsea Jade, beautifully blends electronic and indie elements while drawing influence from the 1980’s. "Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them”, said Sajeeb.
Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you've found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it
After a stellar 2017, which included major festival plays at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forrest and selling over 25,000 tickets to his headlining Kindred Spirits U.S Tour, Billboard named Jai Wolf one of Dance Music’s Top 100 Electronic Music Artists in the world for 2018.
Breaking the mould before it's even set is nothing new for indie-electronic artist Jai Wolf. Born in Bangladesh, raised in New York City, inspired by everything from hip-hop to classical music to punk rock, both his life and music have been defined by an amorphous quality that only a third culture kid could understand. The fact that Jai Wolf never quite fit in used to be fuel for his daydreams, now it's what makes him one of the most exciting electronic artists of his generation.
It was Skrillex himself who plucked Jai Wolf from obscurity when he came across the then-fledgling bedroom producer's bootleg of Ease My Mind in 2014. The OWSLA boss was so impressed that he signed the track for release and dropped it into heavy rotation in headline sets around the world, beginning with Glastonbury in the UK. From that point, Jai Wolf was a fixture at major stateside festivals, developing a reputation as a master remixer, often mentioned in the same breath as Flume and ODESZA in that wave of 2015 future bass.
"Indian Summer was the first time I ever tried sampling South Asian music. I had no expectations. I thought it was a strange, weird song," Jai Wolf smiles, looking back on his unique path to stardom. Since then, that "strange, weird" track has taken over the world, racking up tens of millions of streams, a major GoPro ad campaign, appearing on American Idol, and even soundtracking one of Kobe Bryant's final basketball games in the NBA. The song made Jai Wolf a star, but creatively, he was already looking towards bigger and better things.
The success of Indian Summer, a track that leans more indie than EDM, was the catalyst to a major change in Jai Wolf's perspective. He decided to ditch the drops and focus on crafting songs with depth, with meaning and melody. He signed to indie darling label Mom + Pop Music, placing himself alongside the likes of Flume, Jagwar Ma, and Wavves. The result was the debut Kindred Spirits EP in 2016, a record that stunned critics and signaled the birth of Jai Wolf the songwriter, the live performer, the indie-tronic artist. The EP somehow merged the sweet melodies of 80s synth-pop with the atmosphere and grandiosity of EDM, the intimacy and closeness of chillwave, and the thoughtful in- trospection of indie-rock. It's a busy brew, but an easy listen, and it was the sound of Jai Wolf finding his voice.
I like writing songs that have a duality. A complexity of feeling that takes you to a melancholy, reflective space
The creative release of Kindred Spirits and the deep connection Jai Wolf has forged with his worldwide fanbase has strengthened his sense of mission. "I really want to make honest music that people can relate to, can escape into. I don't want to make music that's just for the sake of being popular or trendy. I want people to really get lost in the world that I create," he says.
My music is for people who are desperately dreaming beyond where they are at right now—it can be the future, it can be the past. I want you to feel nostalgic. I want you to reflect on your life. I also want you to be inspired about where your life could go
With his first ever LP impending, it seems that this story—one that spans the globe and genres alike—is just beginning... Jai Wolf will be direct support on ODESZA's Fall Tour this October, playing arenas in 6 cities across the U.S. Keep an eye out for more music on the way.
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Released: 18 Nov 2016