Smelting scorching electro fire with dubstep drops, 8-bit bleeps and orchestral grace, Kill The Noise is the versatile LA-based producer and Skrillex affiliate set to dominate the largest of venues in 2013...
Jake Stanczak first emerged as Kill The Noise with an initial, low-key release in 2008, but it was being signed up to Skrillex’s OWSLA label for the release of the ‘Kill Kill Kill’ EP in late 2011 that really pushed KTN to the fore. Combining chattering dubstep, twisted electro and rave blasts with his underlying love of classic video game soundtracks, the EP showcased the New York-born, LA-based producer’s diverse skills to the world.
Having built a strong working relationship and friendship together, KTN and Skrillex then went on to collaborate with metal stalwarts, Korn, which saw grinding guitars collide with dubstep’s yelping synthlines.
KTN also cites Knife Party and Feed Me as key friends and influences in helping him reach the top, but stresses that success has resulted from hard graft rather than mere contacts.
“I’m the guy that’s sitting in the studio for fucking 14 hours a day!” he laughs. “It’s just knowing that you’ve got the right team. The most significant effect Sonny’s had on my career has been creating that infrastructure around what I’m doing.”
Remixes for Noisia and Koan Sound and collaborations with Dillon Francis, Feed Me and Datsik have cemented his name and last year’s ‘Black Magic’ EP displayed a sound honed even further, but in a multitude of directions. Dubstep and house were joined by full choirs and haunting pianos, alongside echoes of his past as darkly aggressive drum & bass producer, Ewun.
“Those EPs that I put together took me most of the year,” says Jake, who admits to being a perfectionist. “Towards the end I was literally in the studio for almost three months straight, working 10 or 12 hours a day.”
This year will see a headline tour in April, another EP (currently “at the foetal stage”), further releases on his co-owned Slow Roast label and all kinds of exclusive content presented via OWSLA’s Drip FM account, The Nest. A further evolution in style may also be in the offing.
“I’m trying to step away a little bit from doing all that over-the-top talking bass stuff,” reveals Jake.
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