Canadian DJ and music producer Jayda G has always had a strong affinity with nature. The British Columbia native, who grew up in the heart of nature just outside of Vancouver, last year completed her masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management specialising in environmental toxicology, wherein she investigated the effects of human activity on the Salish Sea killer whales (orcas) of Vancouver.
She said: “I’m trying to bring my two worlds together… to bridge the communication gap, engage people in a new way. I don’t know if people in the electronic music world will want to talk about the environment but I think I should try! I think it’s our duty to use a platform like this in a positive way, that’s our social responsibility.”
Jayda G’s debut album, Significant Changes, is released on Ninja Tune later this month. The title of the album was the most used phrase in her final thesis and exemplifies how intertwined her work in science is with her work in music. Significant Changes tracks that consistently forge a link with the natural world – for instance, Orca’s Reprise, is built around field recordings of mournful whale cries, and Missy Knows Best, samples the voice of Rainforest Conservation Foundation biologist Misty MacDuffee, who was involved in a 2010 Canadian court case about the protection of killer whales.
Last month Jayda G came to London to host two events, JMG Talks, aimed at offering young scientists a platform to discuss their recent academic work as well as their personal journeys. The primary objective of JMG Talks was to attempt to bridge the communication gap between critical work in contemporary science and the wider public to promote a better understanding of science.
Jayda G invited scientists Lily Zeng – a PhD candidate at Yale who studies biodiversity conservation in forests in southwestern China that are traditionally protected by Indigenous groups, and Dr. Lindsay Veazey – an oceanographic modeler who looks at how economic development affects marine life in Hawaii – to speak at the JMG Talks.
Jayda G said: “I just want people to feel not so hopeless… there’s a lot of really depressing things going on, but people are doing good work out there and finding out really interesting stuff, so I just want people to be informed of those things, so that they feel inspired in whatever work that they do.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com