Now that we have our site up and running we thought it would be great to start things off with an interview with an awesome Glitch Hop artist. Goosebumpz, aka Nash Cameron-Jeffs from Melbourne, Australian Glitch Hop / Bass Music producer, one of the key figures on the Australian electronic music scene. He’s known for his extremely tight production, attention to detail and quirky, psychedelic sound design. Having releases on Adapted, Empathy, Hopskotch and Enig’matik Records among other labels, Goosebumpz plays regularly at many outdoor parties, festivals and clubs all around Australia and has begun to spread his eclectic style to other foreign shores around the globe.
Hey Goosebumpz, thank you for doing this interview with us we really appreciate it. We have a little introduction on you above but please introduce yourself in a few sentences for those who might not have heard of you before. Who is Goosebumpz?
- Goosebumpz is an electronic music alias that I’ve been using to produce and perform Glitch Hop, Dubstep and other broken-beat music under for the past few years.
How did you become a music producer? Was there a particular track or artist that inspired you to start making music? How did it happen?
- I’ve been writing music since I was a kid. I used to muck around with my Dad’s guitars, record songs on a handheld tape recorder and beat the hell out of the couches at home with a set of drumsticks. I’ve always been into getting musical ideas out of my head as quickly as possible so when I discovered programs like FL Studio, Sound Forge and Acid Music I was immediately hooked on producing. I spent years recording guitars and vocals in my bedroom and made lots of super dodgy beats on FL but really started getting involved with the technical side of production from around 2007 onwards, when I began playing tunes at outdoor parties on the East Coast of Australia.
Why did you decide to start producing Glitch Hop / Bass Music? What’s the reason why you picked this genre?
- I got into Glitch Hop and Bass Music around late 2009 after hearing artists like Tipper, Opiuo and VibeSquaD. Lot’s of my mates at the time were thrashing some really cool tunes which inspired me to have a crack at it myself. Coming from a Psytrance and Electro background I guess I fell in love with the big, broken beats and the exciting new grooves that were possible. It was super refreshing to hear and definitely motivated me to explore new tempos and rhythms.
What was your original plan career-wise? I mean, have you wanted to be a musician since you were a kid? Or did you have other plans before this whole producing thing came up?
- I’ve always wanted to perform my original music to people one way or another so it’s worked out pretty well that I have such a good platform to make my ideas come to life. It’s also lucky that there’s a market which supports my music. After I left school I had no idea what to do with myself but in-between shitty jobs and continuing to write tunes and play gigs, I quickly identified which direction I wanted to go in and what I wanted to focus my energy on.
Do you have a day job or side job besides making music? If so, what’s that?
- Although I am dedicating the majority of my time to writing new tunes and spreading my sound as much as possible, I do work two days a week at a supermarket stacking shelves, making the world go round – you’re welcome. It’s really cruisy though – I work nights and get to listen to music and stay inspired which is rad when I’m hurling boxes of pasta down aisles.
What instruments can you play?
- I play guitar – not very well – but I love to muck around with my acoustic from time to time and also jam with a mate of mine every now and then when we’re together. My Dad bought me a harmonica from Europe last year but I haven’t had much time to actually lock in and learn it properly, although I can do a mean rendition of a stereotypical health insurance ad which is pretty tight. I’m very well suited to producing on a computer and am also alright at wielding software instruments so I stick to that most of the time.
Do you remember the very first track you ever made? Do you still have it? What was it like?
- I have tonnes of tracks I wrote growing up which I would never consider finished by my current standards but I do remember the first dance track that I completed. It was a weird Pystrance tune called “Creepy Crawlies”. I used to play it a lot back when I mixed that kind of music. It’s got lots of twisted, psychedelic sounds in it and has a pretty cool triplet breakdown with an eerie, elevator style organ lead.
Tell us about your music making process please! How does it go? What do you need so you can compose? Any quirks or routine? Tell us some workshop secrets!
- I usually start with a beat and bassline although sometimes I’ll scroll through samples and arrange them around a beat without any melody. Depending on what mood I’m in or whether or not I’m just experimenting with a sound or an idea, my process changes a lot. Most of the time though I’ll work on a few different key elements first like drums, hats and cymbals, bass, pads and sweeps, and then generally smash out the entire song structure very quickly. It’s filling the track up and working on the tiniest of details that eats up a lot of time for me. I find it really effective though to use markers and blank clips with notes of things to add so I can build the idea of a track without much actually in it. My main method to stay on task and be productive is to log out of Facebook on my Macbook and put my phone on silent – easier said than done.
What is your “dream collaboration”? What artist or artists would you love to work with (any genres)?
- I’d love to work on a track with Tipper, VibeSquaD or Opiuo. I’m sure there’s a lot of other producers I’d be keen to collaborate with as well but I’d love to mash ideas and sounds with those three the most.
We know were are on your Australian tour now, September 20th – November 30th with 8 stops. It must have been such an experience. How was it? We also know you will be playing in North America in February. Is it going to be your first time over there? Are you excited about it? Tell us about it please!
- My Spring shows along Australia’s east coast were rad! I played at two outdoor festivals and also did two indoor shows back to back with Skope from the UK which was epic! I definitely met some awesome new people along the way and played for a few new promoters which ran absolutely great events. I did three more shows around Australia until the beginning of December when I decided to take a couple of months off to focus on new music. I’m heading over to the States toward the end of February and am starting to organise bookings throughout March and April. I’ve hooked up with an agent from over there now which is making the process a lot easier. I’m getting really excited as it’ll be my first time playing shows there although I have travelled there on route to Canada briefly twice and managed to score some sets on some awesome stages at Burning Man this year before returning to Australia.
Do you ever make music while on tour?
- I haven’t written any music on tour because I perform off a Macbook and FL Studio, the program I use to produce with is PC only although a Beta version was released just as I returned home from Canada ! I spent a bit of time trying to sort out Boot Camp while on tour in Canada but ran in to some compatibility issues and between playing gigs and kicking it with friends from over there it just never happened. I’m definitely getting my shit together before I head over next year so I can finally collaborate with some international artists that I’ve met along the way.
Why do you think the Australian glitch hop scene is so powerful and popping so hard? With all the parties and events, all the releases from all those artists from over there… Australia is a leader in the glitch hop league. What’s the secret?
- I think the Aussie scene is on the rise at the moment because it’s such a fresh take on the genre. A lot of our mid-tempo favourites are ex-Psytrance producers so their experience and integration has defined a big part of our sound. On the flip side I think Hip-Hop has been a huge influence on a lot of the mid-tempo music coming out of the States and Canada however the Aussies are starting to pick up on it and incorporate that influence into their tunes as well now.
What projects are you working on at the moment? What do you have coming in the near future?
- At the moment I have a lot on the go. I have about five or six funky, new Glitch Hop tracks in the works. Summer in Canada definitely got me back on the cheeky, upbeat buzz so I’m looking forward to releasing some tunes that are a little more lighthearted and fun. I’m not really sure how I’d like to release my next lot of music – still trying to decide if I want to do another EP or finally have a crack at an album. I’m also planning to work with some vocalists and musicians on some of the new tracks and try something a little different which is exciting.
How do you see the future of Glitch Hop? How big could it get? How far could it get? What else is there to come?
- The future of Glitch Hop…I’m not really sure. I think some of the tunes being released at the moment with a bit more commercial appeal could possible infiltrate some pretty big markets but there might also be some new, hybrid genre lurking around the corner waiting to blow up and take the spotlight for a while. Either way, right now I plan to focus on writing music that I love.
Thank you so much for taking the time answering our questions we wish you tons of gigs and releases, please keep that good music coming as long as possible! Thank you!
- Will do. Cheers!