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.
Published: March 2011
James Jacob was a curious child who spent more time taking apart his Casio keyboard than he did learning to play it. After getting a copy of Reason 2.0, James took to the flexible cable routing and sound manipulation instantly. In 2009, his remix for Ellie Goulding rocketed him to the most-wanted list for artists around the world. Remixes for Robyn, Jessie J, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M.I.A, and many others followed. Jakwob looks like he'll be popping up more and more on our radios and dance floors.
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