Archives for the month of: December, 2010

Moar talent! Moar music! All the way from fukin Bulgaria..

INTERVIEW.

DD: You’ve got a band you play in, as well as these more beat oriented songs yah?  Is it all the same members? In what ways does being in a band help compliment your  work as producers?


AO: Hi, yeah its all the same members for both releases. We are four guys. Bobby – synths,  Jordan – sax,leads (also records pianos for the productions), Ivan – drums  (both acoustic for recording and electronic for live) and me on electric bass and bass synths. The intersting thing is that half of the band (drummer and sax) are both musicians with degrees in pop/jazz at the music academy and me and Bobby are not trained musicians. Actually, we are the more electronic music oriented guys. We have always wanted to record real instruments. to get some nice drums and mics. in the first album there is maybe just one or two samples and everything else is recording. We try to combine electronic music and live instruments.

DD: I really like Novo, tell us about the EP that this song’s on..

AO: Novo is a shifty one. it has few samples and the signature is odd. i think it was 7/4. We have really enjoyed what has happened in the beat scene for the last few years. This EP is like our ode to this scene. We got a few small beats together and decided to release them with an intro and outro. The first tune is something like the bridge between our music and beats. Also with an irregular sig at 17/16. The last one is a return to a more ambient jazzy thing that we used to do.

DD: What got you guys interested in electronic music?


AO: For me personally and Bobby, it was early drum and bass, ambient and dub 11-12 years ago. Bobby was doing tracks on a tracker program..thats how we listened and to some interesting music like Tokyo Dawn Recs which was an .xm label at some point, also Warp artists..Good Looking Records. Generally, the band is interested in many genres other than electronic music.. styles like hip hop/funk/jazz/metal/rnb.

DD: How did you meet and decide on collaborating with each other?

AO: I have always played with Ivan (drums), we are brothers. We have tunes with Bobby from 2002, and some other projects before this one. But, we got it going when Jordan came which was in 2006. They were colleagues with my bro in the music academy. Since then we have performed live. Other than the album “Oddity” and the “Beats EP” we have been working on a big project that will be out after a year or two.

Currently working more on the live performances..

DD: What your favorite thing about producing?

AO: The crazy feeling that you get when you create something strong. It makes your feet go on their own, coming back from the studio.

DD: Anything in the works for 2011?

AO: Yes, there is a new EP on the way.
DD: What artists are you currently obsessed with?

AO: Dimlite is really good.
http://soundcloud.com/auditory-ossicles/
Got a whole string of posts to go up before 2010 is up, Goin out in styllleeeeee
– JIMI JAXON
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Daft Punk 4 eva! I jumped on their obsessive fan base after seeing the Alive 2007 tour.  Now, we see their latest project..the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. In honor of this film debuting today in the U.S. , I’m posting some of my favorite Daft Punk materials, since their first appearances here on Earth. All respect to Daft Punk! Always pushing and expanding what can be done as an artist today. Honored that they were my introduction to electronic music, a genre I’m now devoted to. These two robots help me push for constant  develop and transformation.

Here we go!

To start: This 3 part BBC story/interview on Daft Punk is RAD!

Do your homework!

When I found this ahh!

On to Discovery..

Human After All, not as well received. It all came together in the end though..with Alive 2007!

Went to a screening of Electroma..I was feeling it. Some people didn’t.

Alive 2007..I was there! Started everything for me

And now, Tron:Legacy! Worked for 2 years on the soundtrack

Here’s to the future!

– JIMI JAXON

Jeez! Gotta be one of my favorite posts this year.


INTERVIEW

1. I think your style is super fresh. The 8bit sounds melded with your dope beats is mesmerizing. How would you describe your music to people?

First off, thanks! I’d say my style is… well, I used to listen to chiptunes, music made by the same sound chips inside early video game systems. I loved the sounds and melodic emphasis of it, but the drums were always so weak, and it sounded held back by the fact it was a direct emulation of old sound chips. My music is the melody and sounds of chiptunes, combined with all the good, hard hitting aspects of modern electronic hip-hop. Sometimes I make old-school synths (squares, triangles, sines) to supply that authentic chippy sound, but I also love sampling orchestral stuff and getting that big, epic sound. Finally, I have massive respect for anyone who plays a real instrument, so I always try to lay down some piano or bass guitar on my beats to give it a bit of timelessness.

2. What video games that especially influence your sound and mindset as an artist?

Castlevania and Metroid, my two favorite series ever. Both have music that’s about evoking emotion from the player as they explore unknown places, and I think you’ll find a similar quality in my music. A lot of it tries to capture a certain tone.

3. How’s the electronic scene in San Diego?

The scene is always growing. Now days, if I get into a conversation about music with a group of people, chances are most of them either make music or have attempted to. Lots of MCs trying to break out, too.

4. What impact would you like to leave with your music?

I’d like other beat makers to know that they can make the biggest, “dirtiest” tracks, but eventually that sound is gonna be antiquated if they just rely on electronics to do it for them. Already, so many beats sound nearly identical because everyone’s trying to produce the same dirty synths and sounds with the same sets of tools. Dubstep really suffers from this, which is why I can’t get down to it. But really, I wish more electronic music producers would pick up a damn instrument.

5. How you developed over this past year? Any plans going in 2011 for PostPre?

This past year has been a crazy period of growth for me. I’ve finally found a style, you know? It takes a lot of failure before you do that. As for 2011, I’ve finally achieved my goal of selling a few beats to some real interesting hip-hop groups. It’s gonna be a trip to see how my style sounds with some real MCs on top, so keep an eye out!

6. What songs stuck in your head right now?

– JJ

 

 

 

 

This be the wonderous stuff.

INTERVIEW.

1. You’ve got some deep, throbbing beats Mr.! What’s some major non-musical influences for you?

Deep and throbbing, eh?  thanks.  I suppose that works.  not safe for work I don’t think, but like I always say “if it’s good enough for cable television, it’s good enough for me”.

I never say that, but if i did it would likely be true. I digress. Non-musical influences?  um.  Mostly philosophy texts.  Not to highbrow my position, but during grad school I read a lot from thinkers like Deleuze, Foucault, and Marx.  Not surprisingly all are pretty huge in terms of how I sort the world; both musically and otherwise.  I’m also a terrible rockclimbing addict which tends to keep me pretty occupied as well.  I’m out at the Red River Gorge climbing pretty much all the time as of late.

2. Where does the name come from?

The name actually comes out of my approach to music and being.  In my mind, I’m just (re)assembling past musical ideas, structures, and other assemblies.  I didn’t design the Juno 106.  I’m not responsible for verse/chorus/bridge dynamics.  but I know what they are and I utilize them/arrange to the best of my abilities.  basically I’m like a music assembly machine in a field of sonic possibility; the milieu…  that is, my music is often more about the context than it is about me.

3. Was there a certain event where you said, “I must be involved with electronic music!”? Some moment of realization?

Oddly enough there was.  I was at a house party in 1993 and thought to myself, “hey i like this.”  A few years later I had a pair of 1200’s.  a few years after that I had a few thousand pounds of house records.  and in the future (now), I’m writing tunes.

4. How would you describe the mood or environment of your music?

Hm.  It depends on what I’m going for when I sit down in the studio.  Most of the time I tend to move somewhere between beach vibes and dusty bass-swallowed basements.  Of course, this is always changing depending on who I’m listening to or particular ideas I’m trying to sort.

5. How has 2010 been for you musically? Anything you’re moving towards in 2011?

This year was great.  I had a well-reviewed 12″ release on Subeena’s Opit imprint and a guestmix on Mary Anne Hobbs before she retired.  If i had a list of goals for 2010 (I didn’t really), then I far exceeded them with just these two items.  But I think I’ll remember this year for the amazing ‘industry’ friendships I’ve found.  I’ve been fortunate in that most of my musical collaborations (labels, publishers, and partners) are with really easy-going and mostly hilarious people; you know ‘real’ people.  I’ve avoided assholes and it makes the labor of music far more enjoyable.  It is these sorts of relationships that have me really very excited for 2011.  I just signed a publishing deal with London’s Reprise Publishing and I have releases coming out on Saigon, Night Audio, West Norwood Cassette Library, Fortified Audio, Opit, Trouble Brewing, and Soul Motive.  On top of this deluge of releases I’m also really excited to be working on a hip-hop album for a very talented local MC named Ian Sethi.  I like writing house/techno tunes, but all always have a soft spot for hip-hop and slow breaks.
Basically 2011 will mark the beginning (or the explosive end:)) of my music ‘career’.  so, in either case it’s gonne be pretty exciting.
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Anytime I get positive feedback from people with good taste in music.  that’s what it is all about.  i think they talk about it in the film Almost Famous?  —  the nod.  seriously, it’s all about the nod.  it’s fun when people dig your stuff.

XX-  JIMI JAXON

 

DD Your song “letter” is masterful. The paper rustling sounds are so organic and just thrust you into the song..how did that song come about?

YH First of all, I make the concept for every song, and this time, I decided to make a personal and spiritual song with the sound of writing. I put my 2 microphones on the desk, put out the paper and took a pencil, then I wrote and recorded. After recording, I cut the sounds in splinters, and put them to my sampler. As you know, I love to use the lively sound that can show the scenery and let us feel the materials.

 

DD Production wise, how long did it take to get that very raw ethereal sounds out? A lot of running kinds of sounds, very visual..

YH I take a long time to realize my imagination. As I told you in the previous question, I record the sounds as much as I can. Sometimes, the recorded sounds don’t suit my imagination. In such a situation, I don’t hesitate to edit deeply. And you saying the word “visual” is very important to me.

DD
What are some of your biggest non-musical influences?

YH To tell the truth, I learned architecture at a university. I love the spatial art really, and I want to make spatial sounds.

DD How’s the electronic community for you in Tokyo? Have you played much in other countries?

YH Most of the time, I created my sounds alone..but recently, I’m increasing my friends. They have great sense and great personalities at the same time. KK from LO-VIBES, Daisuke Tanabe and Dai Kurihara from CIRCULATIONS, Masaaki Hara and Riow Arai from disques corde, COSMOPOLYPHONIC RADIO crew..

This summer, I went to France to play with my Eklektik Records family and to join in on the movie festival. I don’t have many chances to play abroad. If there is a chance to go, I’d love to!!

DD
What impact would you like to leave with your music? How do you plan on carrying your art forward in 2011?

YH I’m always thinking about how to create the fresh stuff, And I’ll keep searching for new ways in the future. I think, to find a new direction, I should explore my inner self more. I wanna surprise and excite the listener. That’s the biggest impact.

In 2011, I have a plan for an EP, album, remixes , and joining a compilation album. And some music for a movie. In a few years, I want to make a kind of spatial art with sounds. I’m also an acoustic engineer, so I would like to use my skills with that.

DD
Any encouragement for young producers who are getting inspired by the sounds they are hearing now?

YH I don’t have an authority that can advise yet, but I have one thing I’ve been believing..It’s to be original. There’s lots of music in this saturated market, so there must be a unique method. To be original is to be yourself. To stand with your own two legs on this earth is the most happy thing.

 

Yosi Horikawa on Soundcloud 

– Jimi Jaxon