Jem One gave us an exclusive mix and interview, have a read and a listen below and be sure to check out his massive new LP ‘The Infinite Circle’ which can be purchased here
Tell us a bit about yourself
I make Jungle/ Drum and bass under the alias of Jem-One and I live in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
How did you get involved in 36 Hertz Records for this album release?
I’ve known Mike Vapour for many years now, I think we met in about 2007. Mike has always got behind my music and has always pushed me to keep experimenting (not that I always listen lol). I’ve been consistently releasing on 36 Hertz since the label first began and as I had a massive amount of new material, we thought the time was right for a new album from myself.
For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about how you got into music production? What were the initial steps?
I used to DJ jungle back in 93 at a few local nights in Birmingham, but I never had the knowledge or means to make my own music. I left the scene for a while, but always kept my ear to the ground, keeping myself up to date with the scene. This was until I heard Goldie’s ‘Timeless’ and I was blown away. Fast forward to the 2000’s and the ease of getting hold of production software etc, I began to have a crack at making my own tracks. As I said before, I met Vapour during this time and he helped me to get my head around producing.
How would you describe your production style?
My production style is rough and ready. I had a hardware studio a while ago but I stupidly decided to sell it all when I had my last break from music in 2009. Nowadays I produce on a laptop and headphones, which is not ideal, but I utilise what I have to the best of my ability. Style wise, You’ll always hear big crunchy breaks, distortion, huge subs and bags of vibes. It’s been said that I have an old school sound to my music although that’s not something that I strive for intentionally, it’s just that my head is stuck in the 90’s and to me, that early Headz Bluenote era is the epitome of vibe and execution.
When would you say was your breakout moment when heads turned to your music?
In the late part of 2007 I began to find my feet more in the studio. I made a few steppers, one being ‘redemption of man’. Goldie heard these beats and got hold of them; called me as I was driving to work to sign them to Metalheadz off shoot label, Ruffige and the rest was history. Rider and Fabio, Bailey and Flight all got behind my music in the early days and gave me plenty of radio play, as did many others on the circuit.
What is it about the current wave of Jungle that appeals to you?
The deeper darker side of jungle/ drumfunk is just incredible right now. The breaks are insane, the subs are huge and the vibe is just perfect. I hear so many tracks from so many talented producers that just blow my mind. I love the fact that people are looking back to the past and bringing those vibes with new production skills.
Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?
All-time favourites have to be Dillinja, Source Direct, Photek, Doc Scott etc, currently I rate Double 00, Overlook, Djinn, Antidote, Skitty, Gremlinz, Tim reaper, Vapour, SR, to many to mention to be honest.
Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?
Remove any ideas of earning any money from your music. Just enjoy making music because you have to express something that’s within you, that can be expressed in no other way. Don’t be limited by your equipment and utilise a small number of plug ins that work for your sound. Don’t focus all your energy on getting anal over eq’ing your snare within an inch of its life and spend your time laying down a good vibe. Oh, and make sure you make drums and bass, not drums and screechy whine.
And if you could remix any tune of your choice, what would it be?
Commix ‘Talk to Frank’.
So before we hit play on this new forthcoming release of yours on 36 Hertz, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?
To be honest this release is like a sketch book of new ideas I was playing around with leading up to my latest material. As always the focus was on seeking the vibe within the music and creating a blend between the light and the shade. Its not a journey type album, but both me and Vapour feel the tracks work on the dancefloor and also as a set to listen to at home.
Any final words and shout outs?
Shouts to all the 36 Hertz crew, The boys at Repertoire, Monita, Stretch, Rupture family, Overlook, Nick Ruffhouse, all the other people that have supported my music over the years and last but not least my Mrs, Sarah for pushing me ever onwards and believing in me when I doubt myself.