Berlin-based vocalist and producer J. Wiltshire crafts his own enchanting brand of ambient, electro and breakbeat techno which has come through on releases for Hypercolour, Musar Recordings and Black Orpheus.
He's also one of the minds behind Super Hexagon, the Leeds-based label that was spawned out of the club night of the same name. Now their focus is firmly on releases, and since its inception four years ago it's been a platform for both J. Wiltshire and fellow co-founder Alma Construct to share their own music, as well as instalments from the likes of Aldrich, FFT and Lårry.
Following a return to Musar earlier this year for his debut EP Resa, he steps up for this week's Ransom Note mix, bringing a taste of the influences that steer his own production...
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
Hi! I’m Jacob, a human. I release tunes under the name J. Wiltshire along with running a record label called Super Hexagon.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
I like to make ambient, breakbeat techno and electro-influenced music. I also draw alot of inspiration from film and video game scores swell as more traditional music. For the last few years I have used my SH101 quite a lot, so I’ve attached a picture I drew of it below.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my bedroom of my previous flat here in Berlin where I have been living for the last 3 years.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
During mild exercise activities that work well at 120bpm.
What should we be wearing?
Anything that works for the purpose of utility or for expressing yourself freely.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
A sunny day somewhere outdoors with a nice rig.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I really like Björk’s tri angle records birthday dj set.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Probably Kevin Martin / The Bug so I can play around with his DJ set up and do loads of rewinds.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My first set up was Virtual DJ on a Dell laptop but now I’m very lucky to have a pair of technics.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I think the track at the start can be the most useful as for testing the waters but also for the people deciding if they want to stay or not!
What were the first and last records you bought?
The first ever record I bought was The King of Limbs by Radiohead, and the most recent record I bought was The Secret Dub Life of The Flying Lizards.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
Upcoming in the world of …
I have a new record out November 1st on mindcolormusic. And on Super Hexagon we are gearing up to release a digital compilation of music from a variety of wonderful artists before the end of the year.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Not from me, thanks for the questions and your time!
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