13 Jan [INT 001] JayKode Talks About His “Classical Bass” Imprint & His Upcoming Collab with Party Thieves
Los Angeles-based DJ/producer JayKode has teamed up with New York native Party Thieves for their first collab “Origin.” “Origin” illustrates an absolutely epic, ascending cinematic buildup accompanied by a powerful climax of trap-infused basslines. Scope out below as JayKode talks about this upcoming year and “Origin”, which will be available January 22nd via Buygore.
What was it like collabing with Party Thieves?
It was mad dope. I showed him the idea a few months before he was in town and he really liked it so the workflow came pretty naturally once we actually got together. We were on the same wavelength while working and we kept feeding and learning from each other. Hopefully we can do some more together in the future.
What was the inspiration behind the track?
I kept hearing that progression with the bells in the intro in my head for a few days so I decided to play it on the piano and just kind of progressed from there. We wanted the track to be super epic too so that’s what we did with those big chords in the build. I also got a pretty good reaction from “Beehive” so I wanted the track to have a similar vibe but just different enough. It’s almost like “Beehive”’s little reject brother lol.
How would you describe “classical bass” to those who have not heard your sounds?
I come from a musical background. I was classically trained on the piano for 6 years when I was a kid and I think a lot of that is translating into my music now. Classical Bass is pretty much a mixture of super classical elements with lots of piano and lots of strings instruments like violins and cellos mixed with the aggressive elements and 808s you tend to hear in bass music. Most of my tracks also have a common theme of having super dark minor chord progressions – that comes from a lot of the songs I was learning on piano as a kid (and also from all the metal I was listening to in high school). I was noticing a lack of musicality in the some of the track that were and are coming out in bass scene so I wanted to change that by creating these complex scales and progressions in my tracks while still keepings things heavy for the festivals. Not to say that stuff isn’t hype. I love most of it but I’m hoping it’ll be a great way to distinguish my sound as an artist and a producer.
You tweeted about a forthcoming EP, can you reveal any further information on that?
I can’t give too much away but I’m aiming for my first full length EP sometime this summer. I think its really going to represent me as an artist and this classical sound I’ve been trying to create for the past 2 years. It’ll also have a few collabs on there as well. I’m pretty excited about it!
Do you have any shows coming up this year that you’re particularly excited for?
Yeah I’ve got a few really dope shows coming up. I’m actually really excited to play with Breaux in Seattle on the 26th of February. That’s going to be a movie.
As we kick off 2016, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
I’d say to get back into eating healthy again, branch out and make stuff out of my own element and to collab with as many artists as possible.
What can we expect from both of you throughout the upcoming year?
Besides the track with Party Thieves, I’ve got a collab with Jayceeoh and a collab with Whiiite coming out in the next few months. I’ve also got 2 official remixes coming out for The Chainsmokers and SNBRN which is bit lighter than the heavy stuff but I’m equally excited about those. I’ll probably put out my “Leave The World Behind” remix sometime this year too. I’ve been holding on to that for almost a year and a half now so I think it’s time lol. Hoping for a big year this year!
Be on the lookout for JayKode’s & Party Thieves epic 808 banger “Origin”, coming out Friday January 22nd,