Archives for the month of: July, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My bud Benson has 3 singles coming out on Bakehaus Records, look out for em! Download this mix and have it 4eva and grab the Pleasurekraft remix as well.

 

 

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Benson on Soundcloud 

– Jimi Jaxon 

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Had to add in this wonderful video for “Life’s A Melody”. Original videos by Noar Aloni, Marcus O’Brien, I Am Los Angeles & Camille Marotte.

 

DD: So, whatchadoin son?  

K: Nothin’ much mate, just doing all sorts.. =P Body clock is all over the place aha.

DD: Like you sleep weird different hours all the time? 

K: Aha Pretty much.. I sleep when I can, I just juggle between producing and my job. I’ve been pretty busy this year regarding production tho.. & this summer, there’s alot I’m offering. Got an upcoming/debut album release on “Cold Busted” & a few tracks for a new french label “Introfunktion Records”. I’m also chucking out a French House EP.. just a shitload of tracks I didn’t wanna leave on my harddrive.. believe me, there’s a fair bit mate.

DD: Very nice! What’s a dream music project you’d enjoy seeing manifested? 

K: Ah.. that’s tough. I guess I’ve always visioned eventually working with someone.. forming a duo of some sorts like Justice or LBCK, it’s something on my “to do” list. =P I think in the future I’d wanna stray away from sampling, put my guitar skills to good use.. but it’s too fun at the moment. What I enjoy seeing is comments like “Aghh, whats the sample?” that’s what makes the mystery even more sweeter.. till they find out aha!

DD: who are some artists you plan on sampling in the future? 

K: I honestly have no idea.. whatever I lay my hands on & like, gets flipped. For a while I was following a pattern of reversing shit.. “Life’s A Melody” & “One Day” being prime examples. I sorta wanna get myself involved more in remixing.. any artist, be it hip hop or house.

DD: Last words for all the lovely readers? 

K:”If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life..”  Take it easy I guess & Thanks!

Kanoba on Soundcloud , Twitter 

– Jimi Jaxon

 

– Jimi Jaxon

Feels like the right time for this..

 

DD: What’s kept your journey as an artist interesting? How long have you been developing yourself musically?  

The people I’ve met have made the journey both fascinating and harrowing.  I’ve encountered individuals in the artistic community who were brilliant, insane, deeply compassionate, and tragically flawed- sometimes all of the above.  I think you need to have a certain amount of intense interaction with other musicians to develop your own music; flesh and blood and verbal conflicts, otherwise you’re just dealing with brick and glass, which isn’t so bad, but then you’re just dancing about architecture.  Of course my previous statement is a bit ironic, considering that I mostly make music on my own now, which I’ve been doing for about 20 years.

 

DD: You’ve got some dark shit on here, what drives these kinds of songs? 

I’m always a bit surprised when people focus on the darkness of my music, but I know some individuals who won’t even listen to my stuff because they find it too disturbing.  Many songs that people consider to be dark are written in minor keys, so maybe I just prefer minor over major, but I also have very little tolerance for optimists.  I do think there’s quite a bit of gallows humor in my songs- why so serious?

DD: Who are some artists you identify with? 

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Diamanda Galas, but I don’t really identify with her, she’s entirely unique.  She’s an artist who truly had the power to disturb and maybe even awaken people.  Of course the sticking point with her is usually the voice, but on her later material she sings in a lower register much of the time, which is a bit more accessible than her earlier work.  I actually don’t identify with most of the artists I enjoy, simply because I don’t have their talent, but I listen to a ton of music; from Thelonious Monk to Fever Ray, I try to take it all in.

DD: Have you been able to share your music within the music community of Seattle?

Well, the Stranger and Seattle Times have given me positive reviews, but my only interaction with Seattle based musicians has been over the internet via Soundcloud.  I remixed a song by Ernest Robinson, who calls himself Thunderclap Headache.  He lives in Seattle but moved here from Cleveland.  Most recently I remixed, ‘The Only One’, by Mono in VCF.  One of their founding members, Jordan Luckman, contacted me and asked if I would remix one of their songs, an offer I would have been foolish to turn down.  It has this menacing undercurrent that I really appreciate, and features a chorus that runs entirely counter to all the, “I’ll love you forever” nonsense that so many pop songs embrace.  I’d be happy if you featured it here, but that’s up to you.  I also speak somewhat frequently with a local musician who calls himself Gronxkey, love his music, very unique.

DD: Any last words?

Thanks for featuring my work, and like my friend Bellicose says, “Never regret monkey noises.”   -cheers

 

 

Crazy Old Bat on Soundcloud 

– Jimi Jaxon

 

DD: Are you a sly fellow? Your artist name has some sass to it.

Quite a hard question. The name started out as something people could easily remember. It was that or styleblenders. To go back to your question. I’m the kind of guy that normally is good with people (kinda like the good neighbor next door). But when I’ve had a glass or two who knows what’s going to happen. 

DD: What kind of mindset do you feel you’re currently in? How does this affect your new productions?

 My music is based on three things:

Love for the drums: Since I was 16 I started collecting drumbreaks (when I seriously influenced by Hip Hop). Now I have about 3gig with just breaks and drum loops. When you get older you start to listen to more electronic music. And so I started to collect samples of Drummachines. With the help from some Synth enthusiasts I have over 50 drumcomputers sampled. Last week I was listening to all my old productions and I quickly realized that almost none of my productions is really 4/4. I think this will not change in the future, the only thing I’m doing right now is creating drums with my modular gear and layer that with the drum computers or breaks.

Synths: I always wanted to have synths, a good friend of mine (and good producer) Olaf rubens told me not to buy them. Instead he advised me to work with plugins. I was stubborn and bought a Microkorg several weeks later. But didn’t do much with it because you don’t have enough control buttons and its not well arranged. So 2 years ago I bought my first (semi) Modular synth the Korg Ms 20 and it didn’t stop there. Now I have 3 modular synths (old and rare ones) and I’m waiting for a new modular synth (Only 50 will be made and I’ll have nr 16).

 

 

Nostalgia: My older brother had 2 big cases of cassettes and cd’s. Mostly hip hop but also a lot of rock (punk to metal) and some good DNB and electro. This was a good start for me. Now I search a lot of 60-70-early 80’s music, I always have the feeling that music was better in those days. Maybe because now there’s a lot of mainstream crap on the radio and nothing is really fresh these days. A great example of this is the first acid track made in Bombay 1982..

In the future I will have 2 pseudonyms, one as Dirtytrickz and the other will be analog.  I already have some ideas and half tracks (even names for the pseudonym and names for the tracks). To do it right it will take me a couple of years to finish several tracks because making analog music is hard work.

DD: What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?

It would be Kraftwerk @ pukkelpop and Soulwax (Soulwaxmas in Paris).

 

 

DD: oh mannnnnnn! How about the best advice you’ve been given as an artist? 

Don’t rush things, take your time to develop. Be creative but don’t forget to be productive!

DD: Final words? It’s been a nice pleasure. 

Yeah some shoutouts to: Dieter D’hulster (He’s my dj compagnon together we’re called Jack 2 jack) He was always the first who supported me and I wouldn’t be this far without him! Sven Dobbels, made me believe in the power of analog gear and learned me the basics of dj’ing. Also gave me a different point of view about music. Michael Verscheure (aka Mr Clean) I played my first vinyl record at his place when I was 15, this is where it all began. And Olaf Rubens for teaching me how to produce music.

I’m forever grateful to all these guys.

 

Dirtytrickz on Soundcloud

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– Jimi Jaxon