Photo by Eric Rowling Photography
Prepare your ears for a double dose of psychedelic, glitchy goodness. Electronic music DJ and producer Wink, aka Jason Winkleman, just released his new mix “Follow The Purple Bass Road” and original track “Echoes of the Past” on his SoundCloud, both of which are guaranteed to bring a smile to any trippy music loving listener. You can hear the tracks below:
This mix perfectly exemplifies Wink’s talent as a DJ. Starting slow with deep bass and drum patterns that draw the listener in, it progresses to melodies that grab your attention before dropping into some seriously funky tunes that make it almost impossible to resist the urge to dance along. This mix gives a wonderful taste of what you would hear from a live Wink set. I can clearly visualize a crowd becoming more and more entranced in the music, for he has an incredible ability to read a crowd’s energy and certainly knows how to play to his audience.
The first time I met Jason he was DJing a summer house party, little did I know in just a few short years his career would be taking off. Producing passionate yet danceable tracks such as “Echoes of the Past” it is obvious why he is appearing on show bookings with the likes of Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus and Freddy Todd as well as incredible festival lineups such as F.A.R.M. Fest and most recently Portal of Love which took place in the Museum of Sex and featured ill-Esha, Branx, and Brightside among many others. I was able to catch up with Jason to get some information about the new mix, his creative process and upcoming shows in Pittsburgh.
What was the inspiration behind “Follow The Purple Bass Road”?
The Wizard of Oz is a journey. It takes you through the ups and downs of a wild fantasy. Through my mix, I hoped to take the listeners down an auditory freeway filled with twists and turns.
The album art is incredible.
The artwork was done by Ethan Melazzo aka the Owlchemist. I gave him a few ideas for the artwork and he brought them to life in such an amazing way. His art captured the essence of this mix and how colorful, erratic glitch music can touch the soul.
How do you prepare for a live set? How does it differ from creating a mix to post online?
To prepare for shows I like to have large lists of tracks, but I always deviate and pull random tunes from my arsenal as well as use samples from YouTube videos and funny movies to add a sense of humor to the mix. When I’m creating a mix online I like to showcase the music and let it speak for itself, focusing on smooth transitions and the overall flow of the music and not attempting to be flashy – I save the good stuff for the people who come out and support the live show because that’s when the listeners can dive in head first and be consumed by the basslines and complex melodies.
Can you give us some insight to your process of creating an original track?
I have no process for creating original tracks. I start with a random sound and then I put in some other random sounds until I like it and continue or hate it and scrap it for later…or never.
What was it like playing a show in the Museum of Sex?
The Museum of Sex show was amazing, I got to play set breaks for a jazz band for half the night and then I played for two and a half hours to close the night. The vibe was great and people were dancing like monsters.
Can you tell us what to expect from your upcoming show with Shpongle and Phutureprimitive in Pittsburgh on March 31st?
I have a lot planned for the Shpongle show. I have seen Simon play many times as well as the live band twice, so I am so stoked to have the opportunity to share the stage with such a delightfully talented individual!
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me!
No problem! Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and enjoy. I work hard to get the freshest tracks and am a stickler for perfection when it comes to my own tracks, it’s been over a year since the last one, so I am happy that I finally can share another original with you guys as well as a mix that I’m sure will get bodies moving.
Photo by Eric Rowling Photography
If you’re in the Pittsburgh area make sure to check out Wink’s up coming shows at Mr. Small’s Theatre. Catch him there this Friday (February 27th) for Creative .Life. Support Revival Series Presents: Bring The Funk ft. The Clock Reads, Wink, Jude Benedict and the Last Drop, Trace the Pattern and again March 31st for SHPONGLE: Simon Posford Presents the Shpongletron 3.1 with special guests Phutureprimitive & Wink. You can buy tickets for that show here.
Philadelphia: keep your eyes pealed for a special date in March! As for (some of) the rest of you, there will be an east coast run happening in April.