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Interview: Jacob

Actualizado: 4 dic 2020

Fear and Loathing in a Quaint Balearic Village is Grey Meta’s second release and unquestionably Jacob's finest work. It fits Grey Meta’s vision perfectly, in that, each track is multiples of different styles within its chosen genre. The whole EP has a 'post-breakcore' feel to it with busy break edits, which, whilst heavily edited, remain subtle and super-easily consumed.

TF: What has brought you to this point in 2020? Why and how are you here having this interview?

JC:The love of music and being creative has brought me to this point. I’m here because I love music. Listening to it, interpreting it, collecting it, analysing it etc. Which has resulted in me writing my own and ultimately it being put out there for the rest of the world to hear.

TF: Your music sits at the intersection of numerous sub-genres. Is this something you consciously strive for or just the natural outcome of what you do?

JC: I would say its definitely something I strive for, but also do it subconsciously.

TF: Your style seems to have transmuted recently, what was the main influence for this change of focus?

JC: Other than learning how to actually operate a synthesizer and having a general better understanding of music and theory, I would have to say my environment. When I relocated I completely stopped writing music for several years, which gave me time to reflect on myself, my music and my creativity.

TF: Can you talk about your creative process?

JC: Typically just sit down at the pc, have a little smoke and a beer and noodle about. See if I can make some nice sounds, sketch out some ideas. Nothing special at all, honestly.

TF: Are there any concepts, methods or practices that you apply to your creative process?

JC: I do a lot of sound design. I absolutely am in love with just making big disgusting basses, weird granular textures and spooky pads. I will usually spend a day just making all the elements of a track before I even start writing, then sample, re sample, cut up, mutilate and destroy. Then rebuild.

TF: Are you someone with a vision of what you want to create or is your sound born from experimentation and jamming?

JC: A little from both sides. I jam out a lot of the musical elements of my tracks, like the chords, melody etc. But, most of the time I will have a rough idea of what I want to achieve at the start. Sometimes this can completely change though, as I’m sure is the same with a lot of others.

TF: Do you approach music differently living in Ibiza compared to being in the UK?

JC: Definitely. When I was living in the UK I was using a different DAW, writing different music and generally different methods. I was a lot more sample based back then, didn’t fully understand synthesis, how to properly mix down and reference.

TF: I would also just rush out plain old forgettable tracks with the intention of filling a set up with my own tracks, for when I played live.

JC: Now I’m using a different DAW and have a greater understanding of what I mentioned before.

TF: How has COVID affected your creativity?

JC: Tough to say, I would say its alright having more time to sit in the DAW, or rather, not feel guilty for over indulging. But, I gain a lot of inspiration from traveling and generally being outside. In whatever environment.

TF: What artists, labels, ideas and concepts are you finding most inspiring at the moment?

JC: Aphex twin forever and always baby. Digging Karsten Pflum, Binary Digit, Metalheadz, Freak recordings, old Current Value where it sounded like he was kicking off in his kitchen. Limewax and SPL, yum yum. But I mostly listen to a lot of bands, mostly metal. The Dillinger Escape Plan(Calculating infinity, Miss Machine albums) have always been hugely inspirational to me. The way they write and structure their tracks, go off on some mad jazz tangents and the textures from the grinding guitars and ferocity with the vocals, beautiful.

TF: How important is what other people are doing to your creative outlook?

JC: I would say extremely, as I draw all my inspiration from everything I listen to.

TF: If you could give one piece of advice to budding music producers so they could avoid one hurdle you have struggled the get over, what would that be?

JC: Have fun! If you’re not having fun, why bother?

TF: What is your current set up?

JC: My set up is as basic as it comes: Using a PC, Ryzen CPU 3900x for all those serum instances. Ableton for DAW Couple of little hard synths; Make noise 0coast and VolcaFM. Steinburg UR242 interface and using Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones. I have one functional Rokit KRK 8 that I occasionally pull out to see how a track sounds. Also reference on a selection of crap speakers I have around the house.

TF: Where do you see your sound heading in the future?

JC: I have no idea, I have a few different ideas in mind but I have no set plan. Just making what I enjoy making.

TF: What inspires you outside of music?

JC: Traveling, Friends, Mad missions, Painting and nature, in all its forms.

Release date: December 03th, 2020

Format: Digital.

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