We’re all about underground bass music here at FatKidOnFire HQ. Mancunian Dj/ Producer Jayou (aka James Martin) epitomises that kind of music – mixing electro and dubstep his tunes have to be heard to be believed! Catch James on Soundcloud and Twitter, and peep makeitgood x FatKidOnFire #3 below…
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What made you start producing dubstep? My good friend Laney showed me a few of his beats before I moved to uni, they were some jump up DnB tracks and really made me want to get into producing. I was classically trained from an early age but gave it all up when I started skating, drinking and being a teenager. After moving to uni and realising I could make tracks with nothing more than a computer I was hooked.
How old were you when you first realised you wanted to do it? 18.
What’s the best set you’ve played so far? And why? In England the set I played at Bigger Than Barry in Birmingham was off the hook. I’ve just come back from travelling Europe and played a set in Serbia as a warm up for Exit festival. The whole crowd went FKOFing nuts and the stage collapsed from everyone skanking too hard, I love that sh!t!
Turntables or CDJs? I originally started on CDJs but had to sell them to pay the rent so I got into using Ableton. I’m currently using Traktor and will eventually be back on CDJs when I’ve got the money to buy a decent pair!
What music are you listening to at the moment? I’m totally loving off the new Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs E.P, it’s so diverse as each track is completely different. I tend not to listen to much dubstep when I’m not playing out because I get enough of it from just working on my Djing and being at raves. On my iPod right now I’ve got a lot of band music on there, when I hit shuffle the first 5 bands to come on are; Reel Big Fish, AFI, This Is A Standoff, A Wilhelm Scream & At The Drive-In.
You’ve been on tour in Europe; what was the highlight of the trip? The whole thing was nuts, we were driving around so it was good to set up camp once we hit Serbia for Exit festival, then again in Croatia for Soundwave. Highlights have to be meeting so many safe people, seeing so many great Djs and partying hard. Bad times were losing my passport & laptop, which in Serbia turned out to be extremely long!
Who’s the best artist you’ve played alongside? Diplo always gives a good show, I played with him and loads of other great DJs at the Mad Decent Bugged Out party in May, the crowd were loving it and everyone smashed it.
Do you think you will stick to producing dubstep, or will you try and mix it up? No way, I’m already going off it to be honest. I’ve got a real short attention span so there will definitely be a change in direction from me. I’m working on a few different alias’s producing different genres and also working on more band stuff up in Manchester.
Any EP’s or albums we can look forward to hearing? I’ve got an E.P coming out soon on Under 5’s (Skint) with a couple of my well known tracks along with a new one. Laney and I are working on a project at the moment which should start surfacing around Christmas time.
Any advice to upcoming Djs/ producers and new talent? Keep at it! It doesn’t happen over night. Learning programs like Logic and Cubase take hours and hours of dedication so don’t fret if after a week you’re not re-creating your favourite tracks, it will eventually come together.
If you’ve heard Chase & Status’ “Eastern Jam” check Jayou’s “Goin’ East” remix. Banger!