A co-founder of the West Coast group, Pizza Party (along with NitGrit), and an original member of the Headtron crew, Stephan Jacobs is best known for his pioneering influence in the LA bass music scene. With several festival performances under his belt (Coachella, IDentity Fest, Burning Man) and an upcoming full-length debut album in the works, we can’t get enough of this LA-based DJ and his speaker-shaking trademark style.
You used to make music in a group. How and why did you make the switch to performing and producing solo?
I did ‐ and I still do now for Pizza Party, but at the time I just had my own sound I wanted to express. I really love to collaborate with other artists that have their own sound as well, because together you can create something that really sounds like those two or three people came together and created it.
Are you ever tempted to explore new genres within EDM?
Yes actually, especially after the Identity Festival Tour. I feel really inspired to write some newer tracks in the “housie” realm, but I would like to take my production techniques and incorporate them in a new way with those genres, in particular to have those key tracks for my own sets. I have a very west coast sound and only play original music in my sets and to have a few tracks in that genre would only add some more diversity into my own sets.
Do you ever get musical writers’ block and how do you overcome it?
Sometimes, but it usually has to either do with lack of exercise or personal stress.
Who are your three favorite artists right now?
These are some artists that I like right now: Pretty Lights, Nosaj Thing, Noisia, Le Castle Vania and many more.
You’ve played at Burning Man five years in a row, as well as Coachella and IDentity Fest. Do you prefer performing at clubs or festivals?
I don’t really have a preference, I just love it when the crowd and I have an interaction that gears my sets in the vibe of the show.
Where would you like to see yourself in the near future?
I would love to play Ibiza and overseas.
What are three things you have to have with you while touring/performing?
Headphones, midi keyboard, laptop.
What do you have in the works right now?
Just Released 9/18 with Freddy Todd, “We Wear Capes EP”. A self-titled debut album (full-length) [to be released] mid October, a national tour with ill.Gates from 10/30 to 12/13/12 (www.churchofbasstour.com) , and playing at Art Outside in Texas and Lunacy Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.