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HELLO: KILL THE NOISE By Sean Griffiths

29 October 2012
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HELLO: KILL THE NOISE

Who 31-year-old producer making bass-heavy electro on Owsla and Mau5trap
Sounds like Videogame soundtracks on steroids

From Chatting to Jake Stanczak, aka Kill The Noise, it’s clear that for much of his life he’s been preoccupied with figuring out the genesis of new sounds. Like an infant Spielberg sitting in a movie theatre, staring at the screen and thinking, “Wow, how can I make that?” – except that from an early age it’s been electronic music and more precisely, how to make it, that’s fascinated Stanczak.

“My first memories of being interested in music are playing video games in the late 80s, hearing the soundtracks and knowing I had to find out who had made them,” he tells us, his wry tone befitting a man with the patience to dedicate days on end to seeking out obscure Japanese video game composers.

By 15 Jake had graduated to d’n’b and jungle, making pilgrimages from his home in upstate New York to Toronto to see a list of DJs that reads like the line up of recent YouTube spoof Raveageddon.

“We were seeing guys like Kenny Ken and Nicky Blackmarket, but it was when I heard tracks by Ed Rush and Optical I knew I had to make that music,” he recalls.

After several years as a fairly successful d’n’b DJ by the name of Ewun, his disillusionment with the parochial nature of the Stateside scene coincided with the release of Justice’s ‘†’ to produce something of a light-bulb moment.

“That record came out, I moved to LA and got introduced to Skrillex. We knew the US needed something new and we started figuring out what it was,” he says.

With upcoming releases on Mau5trap and Owlsa, plus remix work for Steve Aoki and Tiësto, it looks like he may just have found what they were looking for.

TAGS: DRUM N BASS / HELLO / INTERVIEW / KILL THE NOISE

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