Exclusive! Kill the Noise Talks Skrillex, Roc Nation, Budget Balls
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VIBE caught up with Jake Stanczak, aka Kill The Noise, moments before he took to the main stage of the storied Webster Hall. Friday night means the Girls & Boys party, which has become an epicenter for the freshest acts of-the-moment. OWSLA's tour swooped in with DJ sets by Stanczak, along with Birdy Nam Nam, Monsta, Paris, Alex English and more.
VIBE: Being that you’re from New York is there more pressure or less when you play here?
Kill The Noise: There’s less pressure because I have friends here. A lot of my friends from Upstate moved down here over the last six to eight years. It’s nice, because I get to see a lot of my hometown friends when I come to town.
What’s your favorite city to play?
I love New York. I’ve been here a lot lately, and I can’t count how many times I’ve played at Webster Hall at this point. There have been a lot of really good shows. We just played at Pier 94 a couple of weeks ago and old out 8,000 people here in New York, which was f**king incredible. I did Electric Zoo this summer, which was also amazing.
Describe your sound:
I remember seeing an interview with Sonny – Skrillex – and he described the sound as visceral but it’s also aural. You feel it and you hear it, and there’s a kinetic energy that’s released from those two experiences happening at the same time. That’s something that I think my sound definitely represents. I want something people can be mental with while feeling it too.
Best advice you ever got from Skrillex?
I’ve learned a lot from Skrillex. He said a lot of cool shit to me, but I think the biggest thing is just to be grateful. Even if you’re not exactly where you want to be, you can look in a mirror and say, “dude, you’re able to survive in doing what you love to do, and beyond that everything is a bonus.” The bottom line of what I learned from him is being grateful for the opportunities.
Are you involved in conceptualizing the light shows as well?
I’m going down to Australia in the beginning of next year, and I’m doing a headline tour in the U.S. afterwards. So I’m trying to come up with something special for that. We have all kinds of people sending us ideas. Obviously, being associated with Sonny, he’s done it all at this point, so we already kind of have the infrastructure set up. Really, it just comes down to how big your balls are with budget. It’s tough. I mean, it could be the difference between breaking through with a crazy light show or losing a lot of money, you know? It’s definitely a leap of faith.
Are you a risk taker?
I am a calculated risk taker though. Some of my friends are “bet it all on black” kind of a person, but I’m more in it for the long run. I do take risks, but more in the studio then when it comes to touring. I think at the end of the day that can really f**k you over if you try to do something that’s super ambitious and you fuck it up, resulting in people not having a good time.
How do you feel about Jay-Z’s Roc Nation signing Sander van Doorn and Calvin Harris recently?
The management company I’m with – the 360 group, Roc Nation owns part of them. It doesn’t surprise me Calvin has fallen into that, because he’s part of 360 as well. It’s interesting and exciting. I think everybody sees how well young people are picking up on all this shit, and that’s where the future always is – with the young people. It doesn’t really surprise me that a big company like Roc Nation would be interested, because there’s a lot of money to be made, a lot of fans to be made. Jay-Z always seems to be looking out for ways to reach new audiences.
Do think that there’s ever a point where the line is blurred too much and someone should “pick a lane?” Is it too scattered?
I think so. One of the things that I learned is you can do all kinds of crazy weird stuff with weird people, and do things that maybe your core fan base wouldn’t necessarily agree with on the surface, but it’s one of those things where if your ideology is in line with somebody and you can find some common ground to stand on, you can make something new that’s original and amazing from combining these two different worlds. There are a lot of people who do it only to make money and other superficial reasoning, but the reality is money and fame and all that stuff, from what I see, are all byproducts of doing stuff that’s inspired. The people that need to get back in their lane are the people that are starting to chase money and fame, and you can’t control any of that stuff. I feel like you end up, in a lot of ways, going against some of the reasons why you started doing this sh*t.
Sanczak's sophomore EP, Blvck Mvgic, is a boundary-pushing slice of EDM that displays the producer's breadth and audacity. You can scoop Blvck Mvgic, which went to #1 album on the iTunes Dance Chart here.