All posts tagged “EDM”
In January 2011 James Jacob, better known to his fans as Jakwob, came to the United States for his first major North American tour. Our cameras met up with him in San Francisco, California to see him live in front of five thousand eager Dubstep fans.
In clubs throughout London, Dubstep has forged a partnership between the influences of Reggae and Drum n’ Bass while borrowing from disparate styles such as House or Heavy Metal. The groove is laid back but the sounds are anything but. And in this still young genre, Jakwob is a master of the Dubstep wobble bass.
His production style is somewhat zen. James is open to experimentation, welcoming of accidents, and humble to the idea that there is no right way to make these notoriously undefinable and awkward bass sounds. A Reason user since version 2.0 and a Record/Reason user for 100% of his production, Jakwob sat down with us to discuss his music making and to show us a couple tricks he’s employed in his tracks.
Please note that ‘Record’, the product Jakwob mentions in the video, is discontinued but all of its features, and then some, lives on in Reason!
Just like the world of Rock ‘n Roll in the mid to late 60s, the world of House music has recently discovered the distortion pedal. And they like it! As house music has grown more aggressive, distorted, and down-right tough… DJ and Producer Jake Stanczak, AKA “Kill the Noise,” has taken the opportunity to drop some beats designed to knock you over on the dance-floor and make you want to get up for more.
We caught up with Kill the Noise in his Los Angeles studio where he showed us a track on his new EP titled Roots on Slow Roast Records. Roots was produced primarily in Reason. We learn how Jake got into Reason, how obsessed he is with the Malstrom, and we get a some wise advice for aspiring producers and DJs out there.
Brazilian Girls is a New York City based trio that’s neither Brazilian or Girls, save for vocalist Sabina Sciubba. The band was the result of a series of successful jamsessions at the NYC club Nublu. Their music has been labled ‘melting pop’ due to its rich mix of urban sounds ranging from dub, house, pop and much more.
We met with keyboard player Didi Gutman in Brooklyn, NYC to talk about his use of Reason on stage and in the studio. He also goes through the live performance setup he is using with Brazilian Girls, with one Reason document for each song. He is also showing how he sets up and uses Reason’s remote override function to assign keyboard shortcuts to trigger rex loops in the song.
Schizophrenia, The Modwheel, Cosmos, E621, AMBA – all influential electronic music acts, all with the same man benhind them: Tom Middleton. Under these (and many other) names, he has been releasing music, remixing and DJ:ing since the early 90s. He is also known for his ambient/electronica/deep house sound as defined by Global Communication, the hugely influential group he started with Mark Pritchard.
We met with Tom in his home in London as he was putting the final touches to the track Hypnotizer, which was just released on Urbantourque records. We talked to him about his background and how he got introduced to electronic music making by Richard D James.
In the interview, we also get a walkthrough of the track Hypnotizer that just came out on Urbantorque Recordings. We’ll get to learn some of the Jedi Master’s secret moves and how he uses Reason to build his signature deep sound.
We paid a visit to Dave Spoon, prolific UK dance music producer, in his combined home/studio in Portsmouth, southern England. Dave has a string of successful releases behind him and he’s been spotted in a variety of roles lately – from remixing the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Madonna, to a residency at BBC’s weekly ‘In New DJs We Trust’ show.
Dave’s early releases were immediately picked up by super star DJs like Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, which obviously helped Dave Spoon along the way. Pete Tong is also on the list of Dave’s frequent collaborators.
Dave got started in music making in the early 90s when he discovered a TB-303 and some other vintage gear in a cupboard in school. He produced a lot of tracks, but gradually moved over to DJ-ing instead of making music. In 2000, he purchased a second hand computer that had ReBirth on it, and Dave was immediately hooked again. He got Reason around the time it came out and he quickly felt it was the tool for him.
In the video, we get a walkthrough of his track Lummox, which is out on Dave’s own Televizion label. He shows us how to build the track’s driving bass sound and shows us some of his favorite sonic tricks.