It’s the start of the summer season, which means OC-fam member, Jessica Gentile a.k.a Jubliee, is back with her Magic City 4
compilation - exclusively for Opening Ceremony. At this point, we couldn’t officially kick-off summer without her. After all these years, it occurred to us that we’ve never really given you a peek into the mind of this Miami native, so we sat down to ask a her few questions.
OC: You're truly Opening Ceremony fam - we've released your past three Magic City compilations and are so excited to share this one with our world! How do you think your music has evolved throughout your career?
Jubilee: Yes I feel like this comp and OC go hand in hand! You guys actually get it and I love it. I can't believe I have done FOUR of these already, time really flies! My music has done a combo of evolving and staying exactly the same. My EPs were always strictly for dance floor because I am a raver and that's what I always like. but I used my album to put stuff on there I normally couldn't do that with. There were interludes and dreamy songs that a DJ wouldn't usually play at peak time. It was the first time I had ever really created songs like that and I really enjoyed it. I am working on a second album now and it's really hard because a follow up really does things to the creative side of your brain. It's hard to not compare. But it's going and starting to sound like I want it to.
You just came back from a 37-city tour across America recently, how was that? Any crazy stories you can share?
The craziest part of this story was that I went to bed early every night. I was living on a tour bus. So think about it, your bed is literally on the same block as you at ALL TIMES. What a dream come true. We had 5/6 shows a week for 2 months so we all had to try and stay normal and healthy BUT we definitely had our nights where we turned that bus into a moving nightclub! It was really cool touring with Keys n Krates - they are a great band and the nicest guys and they had really lovely fans. When you do something so intense it can really go either way and I really lucked out by being with them. Also after doing 37 cities in the USA, I can safely say that New York City still wins
Can you talk a little bit about what it's like to be a woman in the music industry today? Has anything changed since you first started DJing?
I actually hate this question because it's the same as being a woman in every industry. Maybe a tiny bit different because there are late nights and more drinking/drugs but really it's no different than an ad agency, Media, etc. There are definitely more women doing this now, but I also think there are more DJs, in general. it's recognized and talked about that women aren't treated fairly in every industry for sure, but we have a long way to go when it comes to fixing it.
One thing that needs to change is there are always 10,000 articles on "why there are no women" from all these magazines because they want hits, but when a woman actually puts out music and needs press they never report that. Why even bother bringing up this subject if you aren't going to support. I will have a publication hit me up saying something like "tell me your thoughts on this one DJ that assaulted someone" because they want content about me being angry, but then I will send them a huge project that I worked on and that same reporter won't even answer.
I can go on and on about it, but really, so can any woman about any job she has.
What music inspired you to become an arist? Can you name your top three favorite albums growing up?
Music from the radio in Miami was my #1 FOR SURE. Magic City is completely inspired by it. Quest?onmarc made a rework of Diamond Girl for it, and so many more artists have made songs inspired by the same sounds. My top 3 albums will always be a hard one but Madonna's Immaculate Collection
has been on repeat my entire life. The production on early Madonna songs was so impeccable that sometimes a song will give me the chills, even though I have heard it literally THOUSANDS of times. Another one I loved was TLC's Crazy Sexy Cool
. I think that was definitely something that impacted my life way more than I thought it did, thinking about it now. And I also love Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine "Let it Loose" because my mom used to always play it and Gloria is my lifelong hero.
Are there any up-and-coming artists that you're excited about? Our iTunes playlists are also looking pretty light, are there any Summer anthems we should be downloading in addition to this compilation?
Oh yeah hell yea, everyone on this comp is exciting to me !!! It's the reason I do it. But there is so much other stuff that I am loving for the summer. Yxng Bane - "Vroom" is on repeat. Definitely a summer song. I am in London right now and heard it in the nail salon and wished that would happen in NYC. Shenseea - "Body Good" is one I love. Anything Stefflon Don, Lisa Mercedes "Wasteman", and Popcaan will have new music soon. So get on it.
Tell us what's going on in Jubilee world! What's up next for you and Mixpak?
This summer is really full of a lot of UK and New York festivals. I am in London right now, as we speak. Mixpak is throwing a party at Village Underground here with Sneak Bo and Lisa Mercedez and then we are doing Mutiny Festival along with Kojo Funds, Sean Paul, Kurupt FM and Craig David. So I am STOKED that I can be a part of things like this. I have a Magic City celebration on the roof top of Elsewhere on June 2 and I am wrapping up my residency on BBC Radio 1 which has been an absolute game changer for me. I am doing a few exciting New York summer events and Mixpak has a ton of music coming out soon that will be really exciting; I am actually finishing an album now. Pray for me!
Download the entire compilation,here
Magic City 4
SingleWhiteFemale ft. Cooly G - "Feels"
Lauren Flax - "Work Dat"
Dj Schreach ft. ShesCreams - "One-Two"
Quest?onmarc - "Diamond"
Black Noi$e - "Fixate"
AceMo - "Just Waiting 4 U, Tonight (Ann Marie)"
No Intimate - "Toxic Decay"
Martyn Bootyspoon - "ISSALHOOQ"
M.Philippe - "Salt"
Tamiami - "Tunnel"
Moistbreezy - "Rush Hour"
Star Eyes - "Ice Palace (Floor Drugs)"
Anna Morgan ft. Thast - "Super Bad Bish"
Tre Oh Fie - "Neva Seen It"