10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.
This week we chat with maker of dusty beats, THE BEDROOM BEATMAKER! Using the MPC as his medium, Jason paints pictures in melody with the sounds of yesterday. He first dropped onto our radar when we heard he was making a beat every day for the past two years, using samples from records collected from our friends Dig Vinyl and beyond. We had to find out more - read on below!
Hey Jason, how’s it going? Let’s start with the obvious - how did you first get into making beats?
What’s going on Earthlings, I’m doing good thank you. I first got into making beats 2 and a half years ago when I was on the bus on the way home from Liverpool. I was listening to Madlib and J Dilla (RIP) and I was tapping out their beats on my leg as if I was making them. I was getting really excited in my head and said to myself, “I need to make beats, why have I not done it yet?” So I rushed home and impulsively bought the cheapest drum machine I could find on Ebay. I knew nothing about making beats or music in general, I just knew I had to do it.
Talk us through your process - how is a track born and then finished?
A track is born when I put the needle to the groove and listen to old records. I have to give thanks to the originators of the music I sample - without them, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the musicians and the music that came before me. A track is finished when my ADHD brain gets bored and wants to move on, that’s one reason why my beats are so short. Like a minute and a half, average.
How do you decide which parts of records to sample - is there anything in particular you listen out for?
Not exactly, it's always a feeling for me. It all depends on how the record makes me feel in that moment, it just happens. That being said, I love slow grooves and I’m always diggin’ in the crates for anything 70s. Mostly 70s soul, but also jazz, progressive rock, movie scores, Brazilian, African, library music etc. Anything I can get my hands on basically.
Which other artists have you been listening to a lot recently? How do they inspire your own beats?
I’m always listening to Madlib, J Dilla and MF DOOM. I also listen to a lot of lesser known artists, but those three are the holy hip-hop trinity for me. The way they sample stuff and chop it up is just incredible. Madlib has had the most influence on me though; I gravitate more towards his stuff because of how raw and unpolished it is. My stuff comes out like that too due to the nature of my setup - broken, second hand gear. Outside of beats and hip-hop, I listen to a lot of indie bedroom bop music, like Mac DeMarco and Steve Lacy. I love their stuff.
Making 4-5 different beats every day since last October, how do you stay creative and inspired day-to-day?
I’m just tryna get as good as I can in the time that I have. Who knows, I might be gone tomorrow! I also just love making beats - this is the one outlet I've discovered that I’m able to do every single day and not get bored of it. I use music creation as a form of expression and meditation.
Do you see yourself performing these live at all? Where would be your dream venue to play in?
Hmm, I don’t know. I don’t even listen back to stuff I made yesterday! There are some beats of mine that I like and listen to, but I don’t know what type of crowd would be interested in coming to stand around and listen to my dusty beats for like an hour…
What’s one thing people may not know about you as a musician?
I don’t even call myself a musician to be honest, I’m just a beat maker right now… But maybe some people won’t know that I intend on learning to play instruments, and sample myself some day. That will be a good challenge for me!
What was the last record you bought and where from?
I was in Dig Vinyl on Bold Street just the other day and bought 4 records:
The Commodores - Midnight Magic
Dustin Roberts - Rocky
Jayson Lindh - Ramadan
Kokomo - Kokomo
Are there any other local artists you’re keeping on your radar at the moment?
I’m loving what Blue Saint and Dayzy are doing right now, I see Koj is doing a few bits too. Rufu is dope, Nu Tribe are dope, and I’m currently tryna work with MC Nelson after seeing him live at Blackfest recently. I gotta shout out my homie The Lyricsmith too - he’s an incredible rapper and hopefully we’ll do something together soon. And then the crazy creative genius, Ali T, aka Alexander Turner from No Mind - we’re working on something as well. I also love what Ni Maxine is doing.
What’s next for you?
Just keep it moving. Keep making beats, keep discovering music I don't know, both old and new. Keep connecting and networking with artists, both in the physical world and online world. And just be happy and healthy I guess. I would love to do more radio stuff as well, I really enjoyed my first live set with Toby.
Keep up with THE BEDROOM BEATMAKER's journey of releasing a beat a day on his Sound Cloud - and listen to his latest, 'NOISY SOUL MESS', below!
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