G Jones

Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, G Jones is a firecracker. His bass-driven, melodic party beats are catchy and captivating, bound to make you want to move your feet. With performances at Bass Coast Project this week and Shambhala Music Festival next, we caught up with G Jones for a quick chat about his musical endeavours and what we can expect to hear from him in the near future.

Freq: How long have you been making music for?

G Jones: I’ve been making music with various instruments for about 14 years, and making beats on my computer for the past 8 years.

Freq: What are some of your musical inspirations (or not musical)?

GJ: Literally everything I hear. Even music I don’t have a taste for, I usually find something inspirational in [it]. A few of my biggest inspirations right now are Lunice, Eprom and D33CO

Freq: Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years time?

GJ: Making beats and playing shows, haha. Just want to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully get to travel a lot more, play more cool festivals, level up my music and all that good stuff

Freq: Any upcoming projects?

GJ: Yes. [I] just dropped a 9 track free EP via Saturate!Records on July 29 which I am really proud of. It’s a collection of tracks I’ve made over the past year and a half, including new collaborations with Minnesota, Doshy and Mad Zach. It is definitely my most dancefloor-oriented and cohesive releases to date, and I am really excited for people to hear it. Besides that, I am sitting on 30+ other unreleased tracks that I want to get out there, so you can expect to hear a lot more from me in the coming months.

Freq:  Do you prefer to work solo or do you also enjoy collaborating with others?

GJ:  I collaborate with people all the time. I love both. I am pretty opinionated/ detail oriented so I can be a bit controlling when collaborating with people, but when I find someone I connect with creatively it can be a blast (like for example Minnesota or Mad Zach or Doshy). I love collaborating though because everyone approaches making beats differently and I always learn a ton from anyone I work with.

Freq: What kind of gear set up do you use?

GJ: When I’m in the studio I do pretty much everything ‘in the box’, literally just on Ableton, and the only digital synth I use is operator. When I’m collaborating with people who have hardware though, I love messing around on analog synths so there are definitely analog sounds in a lot of my tracks too. Live, I use Ableton and an MPD32 to control it.

Freq: What are some of the most memorable events or shows that you have played this year so far?

GJ: Damn… too many good ones to name, the past year has been really insane. One of my favourites hands down was when I played in Edmonton, last year, there was so much energy in the crowd that night and more people wanted to talk to me about my music etc… when I played there than any other show I’ve played. It was a really amazing feeling because it felt like somewhere that I had a huge group of listeners who knew most of my tunes and I had no idea it would be like that.

Freq:  How would you describe your own music?

GJ: Broken-beat electronic bass music.

Freq: What have you been listening to lately?

GJ: A lot of U.K. grime producers have me way inspired right now, like Rude Kid, Swifta Beater and D33CO. Also, always loving everything Eprom puts out… one other new one that I’m way into right now is Nevermind, which is a collab project from Grenier (a.k.a. DJG) and Petey Clicks (Clicks & Whistles). They are making some really killer stuff that crosses genre lines between house, grime, techno and hip hop/trappy beats and I’m absolutely loving it — too many to name really !

 By: Aurora Sol

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