For the latest installment of extracts from our forthcoming book – Firestarter – we caught up with innovative dance music producers Audiojack to talk originality, free tracks and their latest hot vinyl release on GRUUV records. When it comes to finding that original voice Audiojack are a duo who epitomise the impact that thinking outside the box can have on your productions. They broke onto the scene with their standout track ‘Robot‘ on Matt Tolfreys Leftroom Records back in 2005, a tune that destroyed dancefloors with its signature hook, gaining support from A-list DJs. This is what they had to say…
Originality is everything in music, being just like everybody else will get you nowhere so try and think outside the box. If you make house music, try and get some sounds that are usually used in other genres like Hip Hop or Dub Step and try to incorporate them into your productions to create a more unique sound. It might work, it might not but when it does you’ll stand out from the crowd.
- What was your break through moment, and how did it happen?
We were making music influenced by the likes of Switch, King Roc and stuff on 2020 Vision back in 2004 / 5 and one day we were messing around with some of the effects on the music program and came across a type of delay that got all kinds of interesting sounds out when we put different drums in at different pitches. So we made a pure techno track out of it for nothing more than fun really, not expecting any interest to be taken. When we played a disc of our tracks to Jay Kilka in our local record shop Tribe he wasn’t too bothered about any of it until Robot came on and then his ears perked up and he said he thought his mate would like to sign it. 6 months later we had a big hit on Leftroom and and our break onto the scene.
Thanks James for the taking the time to share your thoughts with our readers – you will find the full answers in Firestarter book. Having had the pleasure of seeing Audiojack smash it at Back2Basics on a number of occasions we con fully recommend anyone with interest in dance music checking them out, you’ll always find their sets full of driving beats, great sound design and unexpected twists and turns that keep your mind locked in.
As chance would have it they also have a hot new release out on limited edition clear vinyl this week on the excellent indie label GRUUV. The EP is currently riding up the top half of the Beatport charts and gaining support from a range of DJs from Tim Green, Reboot to Xpress-2. This is GRUUV’s first vinyl release so its great to see a new label supporting the format. It’s a real classy EP to me, combining Audiojacks trademark throbbing bass with some more old-skool flavour chords stabs. The first track ‘No rest for the wicked’ is great builder track, focused on a phat bass riff peppered with intricate fills and EFX before mophing into a killer chord pattern sure to raise the temperature on the dancefloor. Luna City Express weigh-in with very cool deeper take on the track ‘Mind Games’. You can check out the tracks in the below player;
Audiojack – Audiojack EP – with remixes from HOSH & Luna City Express
Hungry for more Audiojack sounds? The guys are giving away a free track on soundcloud here and you can keep up to date with future tracks too
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