Sam Vogel, better known as JAUZ, is enjoying a nice little buzz right now, as his "Shark Squad" continues to expand exponentially. After working with Skrillex and joining Diplo and Major Lazer on the Mad Decent Block Party tour, the LA producer said in a recent interview with LA Weekly that his initial star-struck feeling has been replaced by a sense of camaraderie and overall realization that these huge names are just guys like him.

"Working with all of these guys was insane at first, but now it might be even cooler because I know that we’re all just normal guys. We’re all kind of the same, and I think I’ve bonded with a lot of them so quickly because we have very similar personalities."

While Vogel wants fans to know that he was just a fan like them not too long ago, we're also reminded of the countless hours devoted to playing, listening and thinking about music before reaching this point.

"Fans come up to me and say they think I’m awesome and I’m like, ‘I was you a year ago.' I’ve been creating electronic music for about six years, and even before I was into electronic music, I was writing music and playing guitar for about 12 years. There’s a lot of work that people don’t see."

As he's been finishing his first EP, Vogel discusses how he's not taking this collection of work lightly and wants it to be a strong statement about his abilities and vision as an artist. He's been putting it off, Vogel told LA Weekly, because he's really putting the pressure on himself to make this the ultimate mark of his music right now.

"I want it to be so when someone asks me what my music is like or what I’m about, I can just let them listen to the EP and not even have to explain it. I want to let the music do the explaining."

The LA producer spoke about his lofty goals as a musician to push himself and not to become stagnant in any one sub-genre with a strong belief that as long as you put yourself in your music, it will resonate with his fan base.

"There’s so much room for blending between those and everything else, we don’t even know what’s possible. In the next few years, you’re going to see electronic music that hasn’t even been discovered or experimented with yet. I want to be one of the people leading that."

In another recent interview with EMD Chicago, Vogel discussed who he's teaming up with and the current collabs that he has in the works.

"If you asked me that question two months ago, I would have said Eptic and [now] were actually working on a track together. Habstrakt is another one and we have a track or two in the works. I’m working with a lot of cool people right now, I’m working with this guy named JVST SAY YES, he’s one of my favorite house producers right now, he’s just getting off the ground but his productions are so top notch like when I work with him, I learn a lot. Another guy would be JoyRyde, which is a name I’m sure your familiar with at this point and he’s been murdering the house game, like absolutely destroying it. It’s really an awesome experience for me to get to be on the same level as those guys."

[H/T LA Weekly & EDMChicago]

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