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Truancy Volume 298: Jackson Ryland

For many regular Truants readers and speed-seeking techno connoisseurs, Jackson Ryland of Washington, DC hardly needs an introduction. Beyond the sounds and insights shared in his past Superabundance interview and Seven Plays takeover, the artist’s particular brand of electronic music, marked by driving rhythms and ethereal melodies, has continuously captivated artists and dancers worldwide. Displaying a robust imagination and creative versatility, Jackson Ryland approaches music-making with a childlike curiosity and intuitive lightness, which has led him to collaborate with a diverse set of beloved DC artists in addition to his prolific, multi-genre discography of solo EPs. 

Across releases for sought-after labels like 1432 RPeach DiscsPleasant Life, and Fixed Rhythms, whilst operating under a number of aliases over the years, the artist has freely explored sonics ranging from breakneck techno at staggering bpm levels, to down-tempo, ’90s chill-out tracks named for his pet cat. Presenting a mix that parallels his energetic DJ sets and fluid recording style, Truancy Volume 298 playfully transitions between house, techno, hardgroove, and electro with flowing ease, for an inspired 90 minutes of music from throughout the decades. In the accompanying interview, Jackson Ryland shares his perspective on the evolution of his sound, his latest EP as JR2k, production methods, recent club experiences, artistic inspirations, and the DC music scene.

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Seven Plays X: Jackson Ryland

This installment of Seven Plays comes from the Washington, DC based artist, Jackson Ryland, whom we recently interviewed on the site. While rooted in house and techno, both his vibrant personal productions and versatile collaborative projects (Rush Plus, Superabundance) find him consistently pushing the boundaries of his sound. A passionate fan of electronic music, Jackson Ryland also frequently documents his thoughts on new releases in the form of reviews for his personal website. Spanning the course of a week and highlighting numerous genres and atmospheres, his seven plays below briefly reveal the wide breadth of his musical connections and inspiration.

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With clubland closed, Jackson Ryland is making dance music for everywhere else

Even when it’s designed for mass communion at max volume, most dance music enjoys a quiet second life outside of clubland. District producer Jackson Ryland knows this, which is why he hopes people might listen to his latest recordings on a bike ride, on a walk, around the house . . . and those are pretty much our only options these days, anyway. Is he cool with that?

“No, I’ve definitely had the existential crisis of ‘Why am I making this?’’ Ryland says on a sunny December afternoon during an unrelenting pandemic that continues to make the city’s nightlife feel like a shrinking memory. That said, you won’t hear any panicked energies on Ryland’s two recent EPs: his self-released “Acting Careless” and “Stealth Mode” on the 1432 R label. Instead, these new tracks pry open the gap between house and techno, creating a sense of capaciousness and composure — especially compared with the rhythmic wind sprints Ryland likes to run as a member of the techno duo Rush Plus.

The music feels roomy, but Ryland says he doesn’t visualize it spatially. “I wish I could trip while making music — seeing sound waves would be cool — but for me, it’s more like trying to hear what’s missing,” he says. “I try to drill down on the sounds I really like: Take a sound, splice it, reverse it, put a different pitch on it, or, like, slow down a high-hat sample until it becomes something totally different. . . . Then it’s about making it fit, like a Lego piece. By the end, it all has to feel like a running machine, but it also has to have a human feeling to it.”

Read more in the Washington Post.