G Jones brings us our latest Run The Trap Premiere. “Northern Lights” features everything you would come to expect from this California Bass producer. Grab our exclusive download and make sure you check out our interview with the man himself. We sat down to discuss everything, from his recent show at Low End Theory, to the affects the Trap movement have had on the Bass scene. Keep your eyes peeled for a release from G Jones on Doshy’s Robox Neotech label, sometime soon. Enjoy the free download and make sure you check out his Low End Theory set he recently uploaded to Soundcloud.
G Jones – Northern Lights [RTT Premiere] : Free Download (320 kbps)
G Jones Interview :
@RTT : Thanks for coming on to chat with us. Can you just tell us a bit about yourself for our readers who may not be familiar with your music? You’re from Santa Cruz I see, how old are you and how long have you been a prodcuer / DJ?
@GJonesBass : My name is Greg Jones, I’m 21 and i’ve been producing music with a computer for about 8 years and have been “DJing” mostly with computers for about 5 years
@RTT: How about some of your musical background? How did you first come to get involved with production?
@GJonesBass : I’ve been into music pretty much my whole life, my first introduction to making music was learning guitar when i was 8 or 9. I started using a computer to record myself playing guitar and drums when i was 13, because at the time i wanted to have a band and didn’t know too many other people who were really into music so i would record myself playing guitar/drums/bass and write music that way. Then I realized I could make sounds with the computer, first just like simple basslines and keys on top of my recordings, then i gradually started making more and more “purely” electronic music as i was getting more into electronic music in general
@RTT : Very cool. Lets talk about some of your current productions. How has your sound developed or changed in the past year or so?
@GJonesBass : It’s gone in a million new directions… I’d say that like a year and a half ago was when i started moving away from the sort of heavy melodic dubstep that i used to make lots of and started exploring other styles that influence me like juke and hip hop. These days I’m really influenced by a lot of different styles…. I’d say my main influences this past year have been trippy minimal beats by people like Eprom and Doshy, and then also whatever you want to call the style of music Rustie makes.
I don’t know how to generalize it really, definitely making more minimal hip hop type stuff and also cheesy 80s influenced stuff than i was making a year ago. I’m definitely experimenting with a lot of different styles right now.
@RTT : I really think its interesting how all of these different styles have really gained momentum in the past year. I would like to ask about your thoughts on the current state of bass music and how the whole “Trap movement” has affected it
@GJonesBass : I like that trap music has become the new thing, I had gotten bored of hearing nothing but tear your face off dubstep at parties for a while and had been getting into making hip hop influenced 808 beats, and then trap kind of blew up overnight and all of a sudden people were stoked to hear stuff like that at dubstep/bass music parties. I’m really stoked on it because now that tons of people are familiar with trap in an electronic dance music context, more people are branching out and doing all kinds of cool experimental stuff with 808 beats, and lots of people are feelign minimalism/subtlety again. I would definitely say that with it blowing up so fast there became this kind of formula for trap beats, with a super minimal 808 drop, then adding rolling hi hats like 8 bars in, then the pitched snare rolls etc (and hearing sets where every song sounds like this) so i would say i’m a little bored with the kind of generic, formulaic trap style but i love what it being popular has done for people’s tastes in music and i think it’s inspired a lot of people to make really creative tunes
@RTT : Some great insight. So I saw you were just at Low End Theory & uploaded your set on SC which I just listened to. What was that experience like for you?
@GJonesBass : Low end theory was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever played. The people who run that party are super on point with pretty much every aspect of it. They book really dope artists, are super professional and organized, and they’re chill people. It’s at this kind of small (for how big the event is) club in LA so when I was there it was more packed than I’ve ever seen any club. The overall vibe was really cool, I got the impression that a lot of people go every week just to check out what new artists they booked and to kick it with their friends. Not too much else on the calendar right now, I’m confirmed for a show in Reno with my buddy Bleep Bloop on march 30 and talking with promoters in a few other places. I post my gig schedule up on my soundcloud page and post about shows pretty regularly on my facebook page.
@RTT : So low end theory sounds really dope. I would love to make it out there sometime. Do you have any favorite artists at the moment & also who do you think is making the most innovative music right now?
@GJonesBass : There are sooo many people making super innovative music right now and it’s hard to just name a few… to keep the list short i have really been loving 813, kuhn, djemba djemba and mr carmack recently.
@RTT : Thanks for coming on to chat. Get up with G Jones on social media to stay connected and make sure you grab our free download of “Northern Lights” right now!