JSTJR’s Top 10 tracks that influenced him as a producer.
In no particular order:
1. MF Doom – Sorcerers
I got into MF Doom when I first started at Hofstra University for a short semester studying film on Long Island, USA. I spent every minute listening to music and MF Doom had a really big impact upon my life. I produced my first hip hop/rap (yup) song because of this track and that was the first step that led me to JSTJR.
2. Cornelius – Point
Took me too long to pick a Cornelius track for this list. I think I could make a top ten of Cornelius tracks that influenced my life, but I’ll stick with this one for now. Cornelius is an artist, he’s a genius, and he was the soundtrack to my formative years. He inspired me to think outside of the box as much as possible while adhering to this illusion of “pop” music. I studied his sound and music for awhile and he got me thinking about electro/acoustic relationships. You can hear Cornelius in my music if you really listen.
3. Dabrye – Hyped-Up Plus Tax
Here’s another artist that I could really list any track from, though this one sticks out most in my memory. Dabrye brought 2 worlds together for me in a way that influenced me more than I realized. Plus, I spent more time than I know listening to these weird tempo-change moments in this track and I think that helped me develop my ear for music analysis.
4. ATB – Don’t Stop
When I was 12 or so, I got my first taste of “dance music” through Tiesto and ATB. This song just made me feel so wonderful, still does as I listen to it now. I love that pitch bend, man.
5. Tokyo Police Club – Cheer it On
Repetitive, rough, raw. This track has so much energy and emotion packed into 2 minutes.
6. Missy Elliot – Get Your Freak On
How do you even make a track like this? I’m not really sure…. I guess it’s just pretty perfect.
7. Sublime – Badfish
White guys doing non-white music. I think that says it all.
8. M.I.A. – Galang
Was I obsessed with M.I.A. as a teenager? Yes I was. I was exposed to dancehall and reggaeton as a kid through a few interesting life experiences and those rhythms ALWAYS caught my attention. So, hearing M.I.A., where I could sing along and still rock out to some sexy stuff… man I’d marry this woman.
9. Debussy – Clair de lune
I’m not gonna get all deep and say this song had some profound affect on my music about ass jiggling. As a human though, and as a musician, this song captivates me unlike any other. Music is vibrations, that’s it. So, how can something so simple make such a difference? I don’t know, but Debussy does it.
10. 9th Wonder – The Righteous Way to Go
Keep it simple. 9th Wonder says that in so many ways.
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