Meet J. Worra

J. Worra.

J. Worra. Courtesy of Christina Boemio.

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Today, house music producer and ARROW Recordings label boss J. Worra, whose real name is Jamie Sitter, released her remix of Party Favor’s track “Wasabi (feat. Salvatore Ganacci).” Her remix offers a fun, bouncy house approach, perfect for summer music festival dancing. 

“I was really excited to put my spin on this track,” Sitter says. “I thought the vocal was catchy and I knew I could build something cool around it. I was also happy that Mad Decent thought of me as this is my first time working with them. Out of all the remixes I’ve done, this one is my favorite.”

The release of her remix comes off the heels of her latest release on Dirtybird Records, “Inside Out.” Sitter, who won Breakthrough Producer of the Year by DJ Mag for 2019, says she created the song specifically for the label and that making the song tested her as a producer because it required her to focus on a more minimal approach by maximizing a small number of track elements. The tastemaker also released a 15 track Pride mixtape during Pride Month. She says she compiled a mix of different artists to represent various types of people, as well as showcase established and up-and-coming talent. Sitter herself identifies as gay, and she believes there isn’t enough LGBTQ representation in the dance music community. 

“I think that for me it definitely not [enough representation], but we are a lot further along than we were nine years ago when I started with music,” she adds. “And to be very honest I wasn’t even fully out until two years ago. I wasn't really openly out. It can be tough because you have a spotlight on you and there's a lot of other intricacies behind it. You know, does your family accept you? Do you accept yourself?” 

She notes, though, that more artists have been coming out recently and building a safe and open platform, which is letting the representation of LGBTQ artists grow.  

“The representation is growing and it's really nice that artists are feeling comfortable enough to be who they want to be, especially in house music,” Sitter says. “House music started in the LGBTQ scene, so if there’s ever a place you should feel safe it should be with this crew.”

She adds that in regards to gender intersectionality in dance music, there are double standards for and misconceptions surrounding women, people of color and those who are transgender. Sitter cited Anna Lunoe as an artist who has been able to break through some of those barriers and set a positive example for other female artists because she continued to DJ at festivals and events throughout her pregnancy, showing that women can not only have kids but also be very focused on their career. 

“It’s cool because everyone wants to see themselves represented on stage,” Sitter says. “I think the more we highlight some of these people, some of these women who are standing strong and living their lives and letting people see that, the more progress we make.”

According to her, she believes the industry can become more inclusive to women, people of color and those that are in the LGBTQ community by supporting those artists through sharing and buying their music and buying a ticket to their shows.

“The more we can lift each other up, the more we set ourselves up to kind of tackle this unbalanced industry,” Sitter says. 

Learn more about J. Worra here

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Today, house music producer and ARROW Recordings label boss J. Worra, whose real name is Jamie Sitter, released her remix of Party Favor’s track “Wasabi (feat. Salvatore Ganacci).” Her remix offers a fun, bouncy house approach, perfect for summer music festival dancing. 

“I was really excited to put my spin on this track,” Sitter says. “I thought the vocal was catchy and I knew I could build something cool around it. I was also happy that Mad Decent thought of me as this is my first time working with them. Out of all the remixes I’ve done, this one is my favorite.”

The release of her remix comes off the heels of her latest release on Dirtybird Records, “Inside Out.” Sitter, who won Breakthrough Producer of the Year by DJ Mag for 2019, says she created the song specifically for the label and that making the song tested her as a producer because it required her to focus on a more minimal approach by maximizing a small number of track elements. The tastemaker also released a 15 track Pride mixtape during Pride Month. She says she compiled a mix of different artists to represent various types of people, as well as showcase established and up-and-coming talent. Sitter herself identifies as gay, and she believes there isn’t enough LGBTQ representation in the dance music community. 

“I think that for me it definitely not [enough representation], but we are a lot further along than we were nine years ago when I started with music,” she adds. “And to be very honest I wasn’t even fully out until two years ago. I wasn't really openly out. It can be tough because you have a spotlight on you and there's a lot of other intricacies behind it. You know, does your family accept you? Do you accept yourself?” 

She notes, though, that more artists have been coming out recently and building a safe and open platform, which is letting the representation of LGBTQ artists grow.  

“The representation is growing and it's really nice that artists are feeling comfortable enough to be who they want to be, especially in house music,” Sitter says. “House music started in the LGBTQ scene, so if there’s ever a place you should feel safe it should be with this crew.”

She adds that in regards to gender intersectionality in dance music, there are double standards for and misconceptions surrounding women, people of color and those who are transgender. Sitter cited Anna Lunoe as an artist who has been able to break through some of those barriers and set a positive example for other female artists because she continued to DJ at festivals and events throughout her pregnancy, showing that women can not only have kids but also be very focused on their career. 

“It’s cool because everyone wants to see themselves represented on stage,” Sitter says. “I think the more we highlight some of these people, some of these women who are standing strong and living their lives and letting people see that, the more progress we make.”

According to her, she believes the industry can become more inclusive to women, people of color and those that are in the LGBTQ community by supporting those artists through sharing and buying their music and buying a ticket to their shows.

“The more we can lift each other up, the more we set ourselves up to kind of tackle this unbalanced industry,” Sitter says. 

Learn more about J. Worra here

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