Jinx is a Birmingham based jungle & drum and bass producer / DJ with releases on labels like Dread, Asbo and Criminal. With an appearance at the forthcoming Ruffneck Ting anniversary event we spoke to him about this and more.
Where are you from and to what extent would you say this influences your music?
I’ve lived in Birmingham for 11 years but I’m originally from Stourbridge. I wouldn’t say that where I’m from influences my music though, it’s really down to my emotions. I like to take my musical influences from a wide spectrum of music ranging from reggae, dancehall, hip hop and trip hop, funk, soul and electro.
When did you first try your hand at DJing and producing?
I started DJing back in 1995 and haven’t stopped to date. When the sound started changing around 2000 I realised that there weren’t enough tunes out there to my taste so I started learning about production and making what I would like to play.
How would you describe your approach to making music?
I always like to start with a carefully selected batch of samples (I guess that’s the old hip hop head in me coming out) which have caught my ear. It could be a 30 second loop or just a few seconds of strings, but as long as the sound catches my ear I like to use it and work a tune around the sample.
Over the past few years I’ve been really focusing on my engineering sides of things and playing things for myself more on the keys and midi. I’m also working with a lot more vocalists recently which I really enjoy as well.
What's your studio setup like?
Full of gremlins at the moment but... PC, Cubase 5, Mackie hr824 mk 2 active monitors, M Audio Axiom 25 and MOTU hybrid soundcard.
Tell us more about your new track Open Up Your Trunk... what did you have in mind when you made it?
Ha-ha, I have had a few people ask me that. I think I need to think about the names of my tracks more! I was just thinking of loud car systems, bass heavy etc. I was thinking of calling it Open Up Your Boot but it doesn’t have the same ring to it!
You’ve released many tracks on Ray Keith’s legendary Dread Recordings, how did you hook up with them?
Well, myself and Gold Dubs had been working on a track and we sent it over to Ray Keith and he was feeling what we were doing. Following that myself, Aries and Gold Dubs did the Lion Fire EP on Dread. I feel very honoured to be on such a legendary label and it’s good to have Ray helping shape my sound and encourage what I am doing with my music.
Got any other releases / remixes in the pipeline we should look out for?
I’ve got a few tracks on Hocus Pocus due in October, some more to come on Asbo and Digital Roots, a release on the next Colab recordings EP due in late October with Saxxon ,and a tune due out on Criminal Records and Yard Rock.
I also have a solo EP coming on Dread, remixes on Ruffneck Ting with Saxxon and also some collabs with Dazee also on Ruffneck Ting. I’m also doing a remix for Ghost Writers and, finally, an EP consisting of different styles of music that I also make, which will be under a different alias due sometime this year.
What else have you been working on in the studio recently?
I have been working on a new project with a very talented local singer called Mish Maybe who’s also a member of the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. It’s purely dub style music and also some bashment style house thrown in for variety. You should see some releases from us in the near future.
Tell us a bit more about the mix you are giving away with us...
The mix I have done is a selection of tunes from people that I have been working closely with the past few years. We all seem to have to similar style and flow; it’s a real pleasure to represent such a good group of friends and fellow producers that are around right now. I’ve tried to rep the crew and labels with this one and sneak in a few cheeky ones of my own.
You’re playing at Ruffneck Ting at Lakota in Bristol on October 12th, what do you remember about this legendary event / label and what can people expect from your set on the night with KJah?
Again I feel really very honoured and blessed to be part of Ruffneck Ting. I never went to any of the events as I was too young but I did buy the vinyl releases and tape packs and listen to them on my Walkman on the way to school! You can expect hard hitting rollers strictly for the dance floor straight up and in ya face! Get full line-up details for the event here.
Where else can people see you play in the near future?
You can catch me at the Jungle Drum and Bass Soundclash at Peckham Palace on October 5th and also the Criminal Records label night in Birmingham on November 23rd at PST.
What do you get up to outside of music?
Music dominates my life really, if I’m not making music (in nothing but my pants) then I’m listening to music or hunting for samples, although I also like to cook.
What tracks, producers and labels are you feeling at the moment?
Man, there’s quite a few at the moment, some real good sounds about from old and new producers. Sterling Sounds are coming with some killer tunes, as is KJah, Dubbist, Westy, Dazee , Saxxon (Savage Rehab), Cabinfever, Dawn Raid, Gold Dubs, Explicit, Aries and the Chopstick Dubplate Crew, Habitat, Soul Coulture, Jungle Citizens and True Spirit.
What's the best gig you played in the last six months?
I’ve had a few good gigs this year but the one that stands out the most is playing the closing set at Mr Hungs Laundry at this year’s Shambala festival. Myself and Dazee did a b2b set for 3 hrs closing the festival, it was immense!
Anything else you want to tell us about?
I like cheese and trees! Feel free to hit me up about bookings on firstname.lastname@example.org and keep up to date with some free bits and pieces on my SoundCloud.
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