By Frank Bell
US electronic artist / producer Stimulator Jones presents new track Cupcakes , a stunning & slick tune lifted from his upcoming album La Mano, released on Mutual Intentions early 2021…
What was the first album you bought?
Another Bad Creation – Coolin’ At The Playground Ya Know! I bought it on cassette from The Record Exchange which was right down the street from where I lived growing up. It was 1991 and I was 6 years old.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
As a music lover, DJ and collector of media I am inspired by countless different records from the past and present, but as far as a creative model for myself I greatly admire and aspire to be like all the great artists and writers who are free and fearless and aren’t afraid to reinvent themselves and experiment with different styles, sounds and technology as time progresses – people like Miles Davis, Prince, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Beastie Boys, John Coltrane, J-Zone, Paul Westerberg/The Replacements, The Beatles, The Byrds, Outkast, Primal Scream, Beck, David Bowie, Sly Stone, D’angelo, George Clinton, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, J Dilla, Madlib, The Cure, Donald Byrd, Kool & The Gang, Quincy Jones, Common, The Roots, Radiohead, John Martyn, Erykah Badu, Pink Floyd, Joe Jackson, George Duke, Dam Funk, Roy Ayers, Bjork, RZA, Q-Tip, Prince Paul, etc.
What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
Pain, Love, Loss, Sex, Life, Death, Drugs, and Dreams.
Tell us about your new single with ’Cupcakes’?
I started by recording myself playing drums on a Tascam 16-track 1” tape machine and ran some of the microphone signals through an Electro-Harmonix Memory Man pedal. I wrote an accompanying part on a Wurlitzer 200 electric piano and added that on top, followed by bass guitar, ARP strings, and a lead synth line.
What have you got lined up for 2021?
La Mano drops in January, then I’ve got a beat tape and another album of vocal material coming out on Stones Throw Records.