Mar 01, 2012
The Chaotic Good

Jake Carpenter, aka The Chaotic Good, is one of the fastest rising names in EDM thanks to his unique breakbeat sound that combines dubstep, house, & electro. In our interview, Jake talks about his unique style, “the robot,” & the next genre that he thinks will become popular.

Midnight Conspiracy - Discord (The Chaotic Good Remix) [Killpop]
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?
Jake: 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?
Jake: 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?
Jake: Like I said before, Daft Punk, Danger and Justice. Also, Deadmau5 and Skrillex. I’m a huge fan of the really big guys. Some of my more underground figures would be guys like Fake Blood and Midnight Conspiracy.
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of breaks is strange–I don’t associate my music with the “breaks” term as much anymore because it’s a bit of an outdated term.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 I think breaks today has to sound a bit like dubstep in order to be relevant, because otherwise it’d sound outdated.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?
Jake: Let Down by Radiohead. It’s my favorite song of all time.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Jake: Chaotic Good.
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