Coming to join us this week is a producer out of North Wales, Jay Robinson. A key member of the Night Bass family that AC Slater kicked off a few years back Jay brings that signature UK garage/ bass flavor and you will want to strap in and get ready for this one as he has brought the absolute fire. Hot on the heels of his Bingo Bass release “Clubwerk” he has delivered an incredibly fun mix stacked with originals along with tracks from several other heavy hitters in the industry. Make sure you check back later this week as well for our featured post and Q & A with Robinson over on the website (www.losangelesmusicproject.com). For now kick back and move those feet with our guest mix artist Jay Robinson.
PZB: Hi Jay and thank you for your mix this week. I have been listening to some of your mixes for Rinse and Night Bass and am excited to hear what you got in store for us. Can you let our listeners know what they can expect from your mix.
Jay Robinson: Hi! The mix is basically just a load of stuff that I like right now, I try not to just stick to one particular sound so there’s a bit of variety in there, plus a load of exclusive unreleased stuff that I’ve got coming out this year.
PZB: I am pretty sure I went to the very first Night Bass party and several more obviously since then. It has turned into a beacon for lovers of bass heavy house music and you are a big part of that label. How did you first get involved with Night Bass?
JR: My connection with Night Bass actually happened pretty organically. I had a few releases on AC Slater’s old label “Party Like Us” and when the Night Bass parties started gathering momentum, AC Slater wanted to bring everything in under one name and so he started a new label. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be involved from day one and I’ve never looked back!
PZB: Going through your catalog I noticed several collaborations with some artists we have great respect for and do our best to support when we can. As a solo artist how important would you say collaboration with other producers and who have been some of your favorite artists you have worked with in the past?
JR: I think collaboration is a great way to explore new sounds and see how other people work, especially when you’re working with someone who has years of experience. Working with DJ Zinc was a great learning experience for me, I’m very much in to using hardware in my production and Zinc has a ridiculously good hardware setup in his studio.
PZB: Piggybacking off of that who are some you would like to see yourself working with in the future?
JR: I’m working with Jack Beats at the moment which is an absolute honour, I’ve always loved the unique, wonky vibe they capture. As for other artists I’d love to work with Rrotik, and of course AC Slater!
PZB: Your recent release Clubwerk for Bingo Bass got a ton of great press and has been working dance floors into a tizzy for a little while now. You have a really healthy output and catalog for that matter. What process do you go through when you get into the studio to make music. Do you usually have something already in mind before you set out to start crafting the song? When you sit down to make a track, what are some initial things you always do before getting started?
JR: It really depends, sometimes I know exactly what I want to achieve, other times I just go in and start working on something with no idea what I’m doing… If I’ve got a new piece of hardware of software I’ll often test that out by making a track with it. My girlfriend, Laura actually just bought me a Roland TB-03 for Christmas so I really wanted to have a go at making a track with it. The track will be released on Mau5trap really soon so it’s been one of the best gifts I’ve ever received, Laura knows me too well!
PZB: It says on your SoundCloud that you are from North Wales. I am always curious about our mix artist’s past and how where they grew up had an impact on the music they make today. Who/ What are some of the things you experience growing up that have had a significant impact on your music and who you are today?
JR: I live in quite a small seaside town, it’s not the most culturally or economically rich environment if I’m honest – but I do love living here. I got into DJ’ing by chance really. A few of my friends were into it when I was in high school and I kind of latched on to them and got in to it that way. I think I’ve found my own way of making music which probably stems from being a bit isolated where I am. There weren’t really many people in to music production around when I was starting out so I just had to figure it out for myself. Plus YouTube tutorials weren’t a thing back then so it was a case of trial and error using whatever software I could get my hands on.
PZB: Let’s say you’re working on a new tune and you’ve got the chance to program some remixes for the EP. If you could have your pick and money, time etc were no object who are some of you favorite producers right now that you’d want to have a go at reworking your tracks?
JR: Aphex Twin or Flying Lotus. I imagine Aphex Twin would just use one vocal chop in a 12 minute track and call it a remix, though…!
PZB: With all the music you put out I would imagine you have your own studio or place to bust out all of these tunes. What is your studio set up like and what are some of your go to pieces of Hardware and software VST if you don’t mind sharing.
JR: I actually have my own studio at home that I built with the help of my Dad. I use Cubase as my DAW along with UAD stuff and a lot of Waves plugins. For software synths I use Serum, Omnisphere and Native Instruments Komplete with a Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2 that they were kind enough to send me. As for hardware I’ve got an old Juno 106 that sounds a bit off – I use it on pretty much every track. I’ve also got a Korg MS2000r, a Moog Sub Phatty, a Roland TB-03 and TR-08, a Novation K Station (such an underrated synthesizer), a Korg ARP Odyssey and my manager Micky let me borrow his Access Virus TI which is an incredibly powerful piece of hardware/software. I do a lot of outboard effects through an Alesis Quadraverb too.
PZB: What is your favorite thing to listen to when you want to get away from all the house and tech stuff?
JR: I listen to a lot of Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Autechre, Cluster and loads of 90s hip hop too. I’ll be honest I don’t listen to a lot of House/Tech stuff in everyday life. I try to draw inspiration from other sources to keep things fresh.
PZB: Is there anything else coming up in your world that we should know or you want to tell us about that we should be keeping an eye/ ear out for?
JR: Yeh I’ve got loads of stuff coming soon. I’ve got my first release on Mau5trap, a remix for Example and then some collaborations that should be finished soon. I’m also working on a special series of tutorial videos for a track I’ve made for Native Instruments.
PZB: Thank you so much for your time and the incredible mix you put together. Please keep us posted on future releases and we would love to see you in Los Angeles soon.
JR: Thank you. I’ll actually be in LA playing the Mau5trap Arena at Beyond Wonderland on 22nd March so hopefully I’ll see you there!
1.Karma Kid & Fono – Telephone
2.Emuh & Jesse Leer – The Club (Grensta Remix)
3.Endor – Metronome
4.Justin Martin & Ardalan – Yonder
5.Endor – Low Freq
6.Jay Robinson – Real Raw
7.Deadmau5 – Drama Free ft. Lights (Chris Lorenzo Extended)
8.NIQW – Rinsin
9.Noizu – Dance
10.Jay Robinson – The Ingleside Roller (BINGO BASS)
11.Freefall – Selectah
12.Litek & Rrotik – Faasti
13.Low Steppa – Heard It All Before (Jay Robinson Remix) [ARMADA]
14.Jay Robinson – Pushing
15.Jay Robinson – Control
16.Jay Robinson – Clubwerk (BINGO BASS)
17.Jay Robinson – Aeber’s Reckoning (NIGHT BASS)
18.Valentino Khan – Lick It