Electro is always something visceral. Instincts go way beyond actual feelings, and for electronic musicians, they come across as beats, rhythm, and multi-layer sonic realizations. Ted Jasper from Cornwall is a prolific beatmaker who fuses jazz and exotic drumbeats to form trip-inducing kind of electro. His latest EP, “Buried,” shows his strength as a sonic alchemist all throughout its three upbeat tracks. Jasper’s tasteful attack on cadence is evident, and he talks about inspiration, his creative processes, and future plans in this exclusive interview.
What’s the inspiration behind the first/ title track, “Buried?” Will you tell me more about it?
One of my favourite parts of my creative process is going through old projects for inspiration, the filtered chords in the build and second drop of Buried came from a full track that I didn’t want to put out, my girlfriend kept saying ‘when are you going to put those chords in a new song?’ Every track that I was working on I’d keep trying to drag those chords in and make it work, they’re slightly off kilter and it would always sound slightly wrong, Buried was just a drum track at the time so there weren’t any harmonies to clash with the chords, I was really happy to have made them fit! The moment when something you created months ago magically fits a current project is amazing, and so long as you hold onto that new inspiration you can charge through the creation of a track in hours! I was also really lucky to be working in a studio in London which made keeping the mix tightly knit a lot easier.
What were your thought processes terms of soundscapes and textures? How different are these three tracks from your past releases?
What I really love is soulful music, songs that warm you up from the inside. My parents played loads of music when I was growing up but I always got drawn to the songs with real depth and soul; artists like Erykah Badu, J.J Cale, Salif Keita I think a lot of the tracks I produced a year ago weren’t playing to that love. The EP reflects the soft spot I have for soul music, I got the sound by layering harmonies and trying not have any one instrument take too much of a spotlight. I love it when all the instruments in a song homogenise into one sound, I think Slum Village and St. Germain are two artists that do this really well.
I think It’s important to sit on music before making it public, I recently put out a bootleg that I completely flipped my mind on after putting it out because I didn’t wait long enough to see if I still liked it. I change my mind and taste really often so liking a track after a couple of weeks is a good way to see whether I should put it out!
What’s your favorite track from this EP? Why?
I love all the tracks in the EP but my favourite is The Drum, it came together really naturally, I was hungover on a Sunday with my girlfriend sat in a noisy cafe, sometimes having a distraction like that really helps a song come together. It only took one day to get the whole idea down, I think if a song comes together quickly like that it usually means it’s from an unconscious part of you. It throws me off thinking about how others will perceive my music and if they’ll like it. Saying that I was definitely making The Drum for my girlfriend, I remember after I bounced it out she wouldn’t take the track off repeat.
Tell us more about “Mali Mali” and “The Drum,” some inspiration behind it?
Before making Mali Mali I was tuning into World Wide FM all the time. I’m really into the African/ Jazz house crossover that artists like Giles Peterson, Daniel Haaksman and Chaos in the CBD are championing, Mali Mali takes a lot of inspiration from that sound! The guitar parts are from a track I was working on with Abbie Piper which we never ended up releasing, I thought adding the recording created a ‘Malian’ sound that I really vibe to and reminded me of some Ali Farka Touré songs I really love.
Are you touring anytime soon? If yes, care to share the dates?
I don’t have a tour coming up but me and my girlfriend are putting on an event in Cardiff we’ve called ‘Tribe’ the first gig will be April the 26th and we’re looking to make it a monthly thing, just mates DJing, dancing and having a good time. Hopefully it can grow into something special and let us book some really talented artists we’d love to see!
How does this collection of tracks make you feel? Any specific emotions that were apparent/ abundant when you finally finished everything?
It’s a satisfying feeling when a project is finished, listening back through the tracks and knowing I’ve done everything I can to make them sound good. I’m never 100% satisfied, there’s always something that could be better but I still get a big feeling of relief when I tell the label, my parents/ girlfriend that it’s finished. I’ve just rounded off my next EP, which is set to come out in April so I have that sense of relief right now! After finishing I get to relax a bit, listen to lots of music and experiment with different sounds, I’m really excited to start singing on my productions and potentially working on a live set!