Last week, Joel Fletcher took over Aurora Nightclub in Banff and Union Hall in Edmonton—his Blueprint run comes to a close April 10th at Venue Nightclub in Vancouver.
Joel is widely regarded as one of the founders of bounce’s current musical iteration: he is even credited with mentoring Will Sparks during the early days of his meteoric career. Fresh off of a main stage bender including both the Stereosonic & Goodlife tour circuits Joel is primed and ready to take on a slew of over the top Blueprint shows.
Having begun his career at the young age of sixteen Joel has successfully shot up Australia’s In the Mix Top50 DJ chart over the last four years, clocking in at number three for 2014. So what’s next for this bounce superstar? We sat down with Joel to find out a bit more about what he has in store for fans at his upcoming shows:
Blueprint: Fans have come to know and love you’re over the top stage presence, how do you manage to keep energized with such a rigorous touring schedule?
Joel Fletcher: Well, for me, even if I’m tired and worn out, which when your touring is a lot of the time, soon as I jump up on stage I get this random burst of energy. After that I just feed energy off of the crowd throughout the rest of my set. Watching the crowd get into your music is a pretty special thing.
Blueprint: Speaking of frantic tours, you rapped up 2014 with the 50 date Bounce Bus tour. What were the highlights?
Joel Fletcher: Playing Nocturnal Wonderland would have to be one of the biggest highlights that stand out from that tour. It was the first time Will, Timmy and I, played b2b2b and it was truly a set I will always remember.
Blueprint: What was the creative energy like on the Bounce Bus tour?
Joel Fletcher: Being around two talented guys, who are also my mates, was the perfect environment to work on new ideas and share our own creative thoughts with each other. It really made for a very productive tour.
Blueprint: After spending so much time with Will Sparks and Timmy Trumpet you must have produced a handful of tracks together. Is there a possibility that fans will be treated to an EP from the trio?
Joel Fletcher: Can’t reveal too much, but you can definitely expect a bunch of new music with the guys!
Blueprint: You have mentioned that your dream collaboration would be with Dr. Dre. What would that tune sound like and what is it that Dre would bring to the table that makes him your dream collaboration?
Joel Fletcher: Well, I’m a huge hip-hop fan. I mean, I don’t know how much influence my Melbourne sound would even have on the collaboration. It would really be amazing even just to sit in on a session with, the lord himself, Dre, regardless of genre he was producing. His unique sound is really what made me love him as a producer. Obviously it’s also because of the fact he has written some of the most iconic hip-hop tracks in history.
Blueprint: Another goal of yours is to release a full length album. Although this may be a ways off do you have a vision for what a debut Joel Fletcher LP would sound like?
Joel Fletcher: Hard to know exactly, but I’d definitely love to experiment with some new sounds and really step outside of my comfort zone. I would also love to collaborate with a lot more artists from different genres…but, it would still be important that I maintain my unique Melbourne sound.
Blueprint: As a genre bounce has come a long way. After starting out with minimal/techno tendencies it transitioned towards the main stage after being influenced by big room’s progression. With mainstream consciousness swinging away from big room and towards deeper and tech’ier sounds do you see bounce returning to its roots?
Joel Fletcher: No, I don’t see it returning to its root, not back to where it all started. The main reason being, bounce has just advanced so much since over the past four to five years, it simply has evolved too much to go that far backwards. It’s much more musical now then it was back then.
Blueprint: Regardless of the future at present the business of bounce is booming. After your single Swing went triple platinum did you decide on the next milestone you are looking to achieve?
Joel Fletcher: There are a couple of things I’m hoping to achieve next. First off I want to start playing a lot more festivals around the globe this year. Second, like we talked about, I really want to get an album in works over the next couple of years.
Blueprint: Your current run of US shows has given you your first taste of American spring break. Is it actually that unique of an experience?
Joel Fletcher: Yes! I actually felt like I was in a movie. I think I fell in love fourteen times over the past few weeks…haha!
Blueprint: Since bounce is such a massive musical export fans expect that a certain percentage of every set you play consists of the pure Melbourne sound—do you ever find this artistically limiting?
Joel Fletcher: Well, I try to keep my sets interesting and as unexpected as possible. I think it’s important to take the crowd on a ride throughout the set and mix it up a bit.
Blueprint: What can fans expect from your upcoming run of Blueprint shows and the rest of 2015 as a whole?
Joel Fletcher: I’ve got a bunch of new music, solo singles + collaborations, which you’ll hear exclusively at my shows. As for the rest of the year, I am just trying to get out as much music as possible and play to as many of my fans as possible.
Pure energy, a slew of unreleased solo and collaborative material, and an authentic anything goes set—needless to say Joel Fletcher is ready to please as many fans as possible in 2015.
Tickets to Joel’s Venue show are still available, grab yours while you still can!
– Ryan Hayesget tickets