LessThan3: What planet is the robot from, and does he come to make peace or war?
Jake: No dude, the robot is from Earth, I made it. He comes in… peace, he’s a peaceful robot, he’s not going to hurt anybody. But if you mess around with him, I’m sure he can become upset.
LessThan3: What’s the robot’s definition of dubstep?
Jake: The robot’s definition of dubstep? It would be… zero one… zero one one… zero one one zero one zero one zero zero one…
LessThan3: Would the Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic Robot and your robot be allies, or mortal enemies?
Jake: They’d totally be allies–the Beastie Boys are my boys.
LessThan3: What was your overall opinion on TRON and the associated soundtrack?
It was brilliant. The plot sucked, but visually it was just a feast, and the music just went off perfectly. It had a lot of harmony to it and it was really still Daft Punk
LessThan3: Alright, part 2 of the question: clearly you enjoyed The Grid; your remix of it was stellar. In general, how much is Daft Punk an influence on your productions and your overall view of EDM?
Daft Punk is my biggest influence I would say, besides Danger, another French producer. I’d say a lot of my influences are French producers, between Daft Punk, Danger and Justice
LessThan3: What big dance names are you guys fans of?
LessThan3: Do you expect to expand past your breaks roots to new sounds, or will you incorporate new genres into the breakbeats you know and love?
Jake: I love the sounds of progressive house and dubstep, so I love blending all that together. I think the whole categorization of breaks is strange–I don’t associate my music with the “breaks” term as much anymore because it’s a bit of an outdated term. It just so happens to not be 4/4, and it happens to be at 128. I think breaks today has to sound a bit like dubstep in order to be relevant, because otherwise it’d sound outdated.
LessThan3: What do you mean when you say breaks need to “sound a bit like dubstep?”
Jake: I mean it has to use a very modern sound palette, otherwise it will sound as old as sh*t. I think the whole reason I do breakbeat stuff is because I find 4/4 really limiting production-wise. Dubstep and drum’n’bass can be a bit fatiguing tempo-wise; I feel that 128 is very natural for people and they’re longing for that sound palette of d’n’b and dubstep in a more danceable format.
LessThan3: After dubstep and moombahton broke into EDM in the last few years, do you see any other genres emerging into the scene?
Jake: I’d say after moombahton, it’ll be acid house. They say trends happen every twenty years, and it’s going to come back as an evolved form of the old acid house. Actually , on my EP, I use an acid house bassline using a digital synth run through an analog bass filter.
LessThan3: What is the most obscure genre of music that you enjoy?
Jake: That’s hard to say ’cause I enjoy them all…Since I’m from Kentucky, I do love bluegrass. I get off pretty hard to some bluegrass; I’ve been known to rock out to it.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Jake: Chaotic Good.