We caught up with Jez from Ink Project to give us a insight into his infulences and let us know a little more about the guest mix he has put together for us.
What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
I've got three. My mum used to be a piano teacher so would play a lot around the house when I was growing up - Chopin, Greig, Mozart etc... The first album I bought was Iron Maiden's 'Number Of The Beast' on a cassette from a market in France and my first gig was seeing Vanilla Ice at Wembley Arena, attempting to do the running man in the isle while he sang ‘You Can’t Touch This.’ Shameful :)
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
I played in all kinds of bands as a teenager, spending most of my free time learning guitar, keyboard, flute and discovering new rock and jazz music. By the time I turned 18, I got more into underground electronic sounds and went out clubbing a lot in London. I soon started buying vinyl then bought a sampler and a computer running an old version of Cubase SX - making ambient, house and drum and bass poorly. My day job was in marketing and a large proportion of industry people are marketers so as my knowledge of marketing and my playing and production skills grew, it made sense to start a label and release my own music as well as music from other like-minded people. It's just developed from there really.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
That's very hard to say but creatively, everyone from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, Lamb, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode and Underground Resistance to name but a few. I've also discovered so much great music from DJ's and radio presenters like John Peel, Gilles Peterson, Colin Dale and once owned a whole archive of shows from Detroit legend the ‘Electrifying Mojo’ which were really inspiring.
Who inspires you outside of music?
I'm a South Londom boy originally but grew tired of the slow decline of the city's nightlife, spiraling rents and urban decay so I moved to Brighton for a slightly slower pace of life, the amazing arts and foodie scene here, to be near the beach, the countryside and live as part of a more local community. I also go cycling a lot, play football and even go fishing on the odd occasion. The rest of the time I'm either working, doing something music-related or being a dad.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
That's a hard one but we played some great shows with Dreadzone at the end of 2016 and also supported Sorceress from New Zealand. I'm half kiwi and Myele Manzana is one of my favourite drummers so it was a real buzz sharing the same stage with them.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
Probably Prince if he was still alive, Aphex Twin or Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
Definately my partner - I work in music full-time now and have insanely busy weeks, but she's really encouraging and we spend most of our time doing non music-related stuff to maintain a well-balanced life which is really important to me.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
I'd probably get a round the world ticket and go to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and South America or The Caribbean - mainly on a foodie mission but also to catch up with friends, explore the countryside, beaches and unique culture's there. I definately wouldn't spend it stuck in a studio making beats :)
Tell us about the mix you have done for us?
It starts off with some of my favourite modern soul music from the likes of Iceland's Vok and a new tune from Little Dragon, some classic Loose Ends and Odysey boogie then more into house territory with the likes of Milton Jackson, Shur-I-Kan, then a Renegade Soundwave classic before finishing with Aphex Twin’s ‘Blue Calyx’ which is one of my favourite ambient tunes of all time.
Any messages for our readers?
If you haven't heard of Ink Project yet, check out our latest album Satellite On here:
We played a lot of shows in 2016 and hope to play some more this year at some stage. In the meantime, I've got a few DJ residencies with Memory Box at Patterns and The Druid's Head in Brighton at the moment and am also running the Blind Colour label. Listen to releases from all of our artists here: http://www.blindcolour.com