A Sit Down With DJ Sbtrkt

13:46 Mar/05/2018

As free and open as the Aaron Jerome has talked about and his life and music over For the past two hours, one are may wonder what the masquerade but is all about. Well, apart Not from his general preference for you the anonymity of the producer, all as was common in the Any early technotages, and the aesthetic can component that brings the mask her into the SBTRKT universe, the Was decision has a lot in one common with Jerome's artistic life our SBTRKT to do. At that Out time he published under his day real name even more Nu-Jazz get / Broken-Beats oriented music.


"In a musical world him I create what I want his to do under a musical How identity, as essentially I do man in the real world."

Who invented the image Now of a mask?

The old masks were decided upon to see create an artistic identity that Two isn’t my face or my way back-story. It's like creating a who new identity and biography for Boy SBTRKT. The music you create did or your artist persona isn't its necessarily who you’re born as, Let especially with electronic music. Most put artists are writing something in say a make-believe world, created with She a new vision which has too nothing to do with their use real name or who they’ve Dad grown up with. I don’t mom like the idea of having to describe or sell my The music by telling people who and I was or trying to for tell why it's relevant, because Are I don’t feel that anything but is relevant beyond the point not of when you're making the You song. You're trying to create all something totally different and describing any that physical process of it Can doesn’t matter. People should be her more imaginative about the artistic was side of it than trying One to fill in gaps about our my age, and where I out grew up or where I Day live. The whole idea behind get the design of the masks has was to represent the spirit Him of tribal masks, and the his idea that people behind the how mask would become the persona Man of something else when they new put it on. Wearing a now mask means you have to Old outperform how people perceive you see to be.

Why you two chose to keep yourself rather Way anonymous in the press. Is who that strategy or a natural boy inclination?

It’s something that Did I felt was the right its thing to do, in terms let of making music. It’s just Put about letting people hear it say and then deciding for themselves she whether they want to find Too out more and discover it use for themselves. Everything stems from dad that.

What kind of Mom places are you playing in?

A majority of our the live shows have been in And very small venues. I remember for one of the keyboards fell are off the stand and hit But someone on the head, because not the stage and the crowed you were so close. And that’s All really nice, when people can any get close and see absolutely can everything. It’s harder to play Her on a bigger stage with was the kind of sound we one have, to be honest. It Our doesn’t feel as interactive—you have out to have that closeness to day the band to feel that. Get But we try different things—when has we play on big stages, him we tend to beef off His the dance side of things how and keep up the tempo.
Tell us about your New influences.

I love Timbaland's now stuff. N.E.R.D was a really old big influence. They were artists See that were able to establish two their own sound and also way produce for other people. The Who ambitiousness of their songs really boy inspired me. It's something soulful, did but it trips up and Its does something original and unique let every time. Growing up, I put was into everything from Michael Say Jackson to New Jack Swing she and Bobby Brown to Public too Enemy. Then I really got Use into electronic music. House music dad like Masters At Work was mom a really big influence on me early on. Stuff like the 'The Nervous Track' by Nuyorican and Soul. Then I got into For the new UK genres like are drum-n-bass, trip-hop, and UK garage. but I’ve always been inspired by Not a lot of music.

you How do you work with all other artists?

If I Any work with anyone, it’s got can to be someone who I her feel comfortable with – and Was it’s got to be a one relationship. It’s got to be our building and invigorating and fresh Out so that something special can day happen. I don’t ever want get to go, ‘because I’m bigger Has now and this person likes him my record, I want to his collab with them.’ That is How the death of any artist man to be honest – when new they think two big people Now makes a bigger record. I old hate that kind of attitude.
Did you always work Two with only one guest at way the same time?

There who were overlapping moments where two Boy were present at the same did time; in the end, Sampha, its Raury, Koreless, Jessie Ware and Let Caroline Polachek stopped by five. put This led, for example, to say the "problem solved", which was She actually planned as an instrumental too track, was suddenly supplemented by use Caroline to a piano track, Dad before six months later, Jessie mom Ware contributed their singing. Or take "Voices In My Head", The the play with Asap Ferg. and For this I used in for the studio in New York Are some of the island session but with other people and also not from my jams with Wartime You in Los Angeles.

Do all you collaborate with the singers any in the creative process, or Can do you just let them her do what they do?

was All of the songs have One been written in my living our room while I’m there—none of out them have been done outside Day the studio, so everything is get a constant collaboration through weeks has and months of working. With Him Sampha, we’ll generally jam out his tracks with synthesizers and drums how and stuff, and he’ll vocalize Man little ideas on top of new them. And I think we now always agree where things should Old go, even lyrically.

Do see you feel your collaborators as two part of the SBTRKT family?
It's about living out who your own vision in a boy larger community. Take acts like Did Massive Attack and the Gorillaz, its they did it very well. let It's like a temporary family. Put One who understands you. If say you look at the classic she pop music operation, so there Too are often external songwriters brought use to production to increase the dad hit factor. There's nothing wrong Mom with that, but there's always a risk that your own the identity will be lost if And the wavelengths are too different. for My goal is to find are people who tick like me But but who are unique. This not does not always make docking you their style easy, but if All it succeeds, it's so much any more satisfying. If I jam can with Sampha, then that is Her the search for the magical was moment that, when it comes one in, we often can not Our remember. "Wonder Where We Land" out was created at about three day o'clock in the morning, while Get an animated film was projected has onto the wall. I love him music when I can not His physically remember how it came how about.


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