The ADE Mumbai Global Sessions just happened over the weekend and The Sherp had the chance to interview Jake Stanczak A.K.A. Kill The Noise! Here’s the brief but insightful interview which sheds light on how Kill The Noise likes to work and about his future prospects.
Known by his stage names Kill the Noise and Ewun, Jake is an electronic music producer from Rochester, New York. He not only co-owns the label Slow Roast Records alongside DJ Craze but is also signed to Skrillex’s powerhouse label OWSLA.
After channeling the influences of his youth through over a decades’ worth of forward driven electronic releases (Roots, Kill Kill Kill, Black Magic), and charismatic live shows (Coachella, EDC, Lollapalooza), the name “Kill the Noise” has become synonymous with some of the leading acts in dance music – getting creative in the studio with the likes of Tommy Trash, Deadmau5, Skrillex and even Nu-Metal band Korn. In 2015, he released his first full length album Occult Classic which was a commercial success and also critically acclaimed.
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You just released your first full-length album last year, Occult Classic. Will you be releasing more LPs, or just sticking to EPs and singles?
Well the album took me quite a while to make. Some guys are able to write music much faster than me but it takes me quite a while. I’m planning on putting out an EP in the fall but I don’t know the next time I’ll put out an album. I don’t think I’m going to do one for a little while just because of how long its taken me to do the last one which was like two years. So, if I were to wait another two years to put out the next offering of music, that might be too long. I really love Getter’s EP which is like my inspiration to put together a record that’s more club oriented. I feel on Occult Classic that there are a couple club tunes on there but I tried to put on a lot of other stuff on there as well. I really like Getter’s record [Radical Dude] and it reminded me of some of the EPs I put out like Black Magic or Kill Kill Kill which are like solid offerings of club music. It sounded like he had a lot of fun making it. From front to back it felt very [cohesive] and he just got inspired, sat down and put out the record. Putting out an album is so much more tedious and takes so much more time. I felt like I spent so much time slaving over it and it feels much more inspiring to me to put out something more cohesive and concise.
We’re pretty sure a lot of fans are going to be there, and will gain a lot from your insights into music production! What all do you have planned for your master class?
We were talking about it earlier, [What So Not & I] and we’re trying to figure out how many producers are actually going to be here and whether they’re going to be people interested in the music or more into the business side of things. I’m always super stoked to talk about making music and for nerd stuff. I’m always down for that. We were both talking about how, though both of us are producers, we probably approach it from different angles. So that might be interesting to share our perspectives and maybe some of the plugins and other stuff we use.
If given a chance, would you come back to India? Possibly for a larger-scale festival in the future?
Yeah, I was hoping that, since I’ve never been here before, that though it won’t be a big show or anything this will be a good opportunity to just come here and hang. I hope to get a chance to come back and do more and visit some other cities as well.
The sound system at a music festival is the most important aspect. In terms of sound production, where do you think music festivals and gigs go wrong? Have you had any bad experiences with sound that you’d want to share with us?
I think that while travelling as long as I have, I’ve realized that you shouldn’t expect too much other than hopefully they have good people there and the sound is good. Hope for the best, go with the flow and just enjoy the experience. Maybe make some new fans, meet some new people and try to go check out some other people’s music and when you come back home with this entire experience you can make some cool interesting new music.
Performing live and producing are both very important for an electronic artist to get the word out. Which one do you like better? DJing or making more music?
They both have important roles that influence other. Some people are able to do both like produce while they’re DJing or on the road or at the airport. I can’t do that so I like taking time off and working on music so by the time it gets to the point that you’ve been working for months on new music and you feel like hitting the road, you have new music and can do a couple of shows. I think it’s all about finding the balance. Some people can do both at the same time but I like the flipping back and forth.
You can give a listen to Occult Classic right here :