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Interview with Treasure Fingers

20 SEP 2012 | Posted By: timoshea_120159

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Interview with Treasure Fingers

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Take the Dolorien back a few years and all you'd hear about in the indie dance scene was Treasure Fingers. With good reason too, he was practically exploding all over the interwebs with his front running brand of disco house. Remixes for Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Miike Snow and one of French house's defining voices Romanthony as well as his own enormous club hit 'Across the Dancefloor' cemented him as a mainstay of indie dance. We were delighted to see his glimmering digits among the 2012 Stereosonic lineup, so ahead of his visit we caught up with Ashley Jones, the man behind Treasure Fingers. He talked about Orangeade flavored Snapple, losing his teenage angst and surprisingly the hardcore drum and bass band he used to play in.

Tim: Hey how you doing?
Ashley Jones: Hey good how are you?

T: Good thanks, I wanted to start with a brief description I read via twitter. Treasure Fingers sounds like French/filter house’s love child with vouge house sprinkled with disco…. do you identify with that statement?
AJ: Ahhh, yeah, somewhat….hahaha

T: It is a pretty good description I must say… but what genres do you identify with?
AJ: I’m one of those guys who will put out a really housey record on a proper house label like Defected, and then I can do something a little more Indie on the Fool's Gold label. When I write I’m influenced by everything from indie music to even west coast rap, 90’s house, 2000’s house. I pull in a lot of different inspirations I guess, but umm I try to make it work. When I do indie stuff I try to think, would a house DJ play this record, maybe it’s too slow or too indie. I’ve definitely done a few weird ones that would only be played by a specific slow disco DJ rather than someone who plays tech house. I do try to have somewhat of a span where I can go between different BPM’s but at the same time different vibes, from house to indie to whatever.

T: So I guess labels give you a lot of freedom to create different types of music. You were involved with the band Evol Intent but I guess the move from hardcore drum and bass to disco house made more sense under a different name altogether.
AJ: Yeah…well there has always been those classic producers who have about five million different names, even when they put out stuff out that is almost the same as their other stuff anyways, it cracks me up when they do that. I’m a firm believer in building a brand and being known for a certain sound. Sometimes you go along to see a DJ you love and they play completely different to what you were expecting. So I couldn’t imagine if someone came along to an Evol Intent show and I played Treasure Fingers stuff, I’d probably get lynched inside the venue.

T: Do you find there isn’t much a of cross over with your fans?
AJ: There’s a bit, but probably not too much. I’ve definitely had people come out to shows wearing an Evol Intent shirt and they tell me they’ve been into Evol Intent forever. It turns out a lot of people from that scene now DJ house and disco music, maybe it’s the act of getting older and growing out of the teenage angst stuff.

T: Maybe you could explain the Atlanta music scene to us. You said there aren’t to many crossover fans. And it surprised me to learn that Treasure Fingers used to make hardcore drum and bass; did they both coexist in the Atlanta scene?
AJ: Definitely when we were doing Evol Intent there was a pretty strong drum and bass scene, there was a small crew of producers. When I started doing the disco stuff there wasn’t a scene here for that, but there was some hipster parties who were playing Baltimore club and some Ed Banger type stuff. It definitely wasn’t that housey though, I heard some of it and thought it would be really cool to mix some old Chicago house or French house with this newer stuff, that was my inspiration for it, making funk and disco tunes and making them a little bit housier. I didn’t really come up in a scene here, it was purely though the internet, blogs and leaking tracks. Then Fool's Gold signed 'Across the Dancefloor' and I started touring, there never was a scene that built up in Atlanta for that sort of thing even now that I’ve moved back it’s all Dubstep and Trap and whatever else. I’m trying to push some different house stuff here now to get something going.


T:
Before we go on I wanted to apologise, I was the guy who posted a photo of Orangeade flavoured Snapple yesterday and told you that you had an interview in ten minutes. I was meant to be a peace offering as I get the impression the name Treasure Fingers has something to do with that….or not, I actually have no idea what it is, I just know you mentioned it in an interview when someone asked you about your name.
AJ: It’s funny that you mentioned that, I don’t know where you would have got the reasoning. But it’s one of my favourite kinds of Snapple. The name… well I’ve used a bunch of different stories but the real story is that basically we were going to leak these songs, I was doing a remix for Snowden, they were about to put that out and I needed a name quick. A few of my friends threw together a bunch of names, Treasure fingers was the one that stuck out the most to me so I sat on it for a week and I Googled it to make sure no one else had it and I was like ahh fuck it I’ll use it. I thought if I ever wanted to add some band members and do a live show it wouldn’t sound too weird, at first I think people did think it was a band or multiple people until there was photos and videos of me DJing and they realised it was just one person.

T: On that, you’ve said in the past that you weren’t into DJ culture and that you saw it more as a way to play your songs. However the Hennessey and Sunshine mixtape you recently put out is all about classic disco and funk and doesn’t have any of your music in it. Are you more into the art of DJing now?
AJ: Yeah I never thought about it but making that mixtape was just pure DJing. That’s the whole vibe of a barbeque or a pool party and bringing a bag of records and having fun with it. I still see some joy in that; I thought I sort of lost it for a while. It is a lot of fun to have a really nice set up and play a lot of music your into and push it to a crowd. I guess when I’ve talked about it in previous things I’m comparing myself to friends of mine who are coming at it strictly from a DJ perspective. Like I’ll go have lunch with them and they’ll be firing off this song and that song, and this project and that, producers doing this and I feel bad cause I’m not really in the know with all that, hahaha. I’m more in the studio trying to make my own songs. Any new stuff I do get is pushed to me from promo lists or other producers I make music with, so I kind of enjoy that but I don’t have the same drive they do for purely the art of DJing and finding all that new music.

T:
Yeah I guess there’s always someone who will know more than you.
AJ: Yeah, i'll go hang with them and they’ll be at it for hours in their living room on their DJ setup by themselves. It’s a fun thing to do, I don’t have anything against it, but when people ask me whether I’m a DJ or producer, I say producer.

T: Okay mate thanks for your time, have a good one.
AJ: Yeah cheers, bye.


Treasure Fingers will be touring nationally with Stereosonic 2012

Head to www.stereosonic.com.au for more info
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