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Jay Bishop Talks Maschine Mikro, Kendrick Lamar, Bandcamp and More

INTERVIEW: DJ, producer and podcaster Jay Bishop answers quick-fire questions on the best of 2015

Jay Bishop had a productive year.  From new 'Late Pass' podcasts through to soulful remixes; whilst his 'New Bap Swing' project proved to be one of 2015's most enjoyable outings.

As if that wasn't enough, Jay was generous enough to hop on board for a 'Soundcloud Sessions' guest slot which again showed his skills as a taste maker / curator of all things funk-filled and soul-soaked.

Here's what Jay had to say about the last twelve months.


Favourite hardware: 'Maschine Mikro.  I can throw it in a bag with my laptop and make beats wherever I may land.  Usually a coffee shop or a brewery, LOL! Or Church.'

The Maschine Mikro MKII: Jay Bishop's (and also The New Beatmaker's) favourite hardware of 2015.  Available from zzounds.com (USA)

Favourite software: 'I picked up the Korg MI VST this year. Not a new plug-in but dope classic sounds if you want that retro late 80’s/ early 90’s feel to your tracks. That classic organ from Show Me Love and other hits is worth the price alone.'

Favourite song: 'Looking at various sites Top 50/100 songs lists of 2015, I am starting to realize that this year has been trash.  Cool Garbage.  That being said, 'Classic Man', 'King Kunta', and maybe 'Bitch Betta Have My Money', 'Blank Space', 'WTF (Where They From)' might be in my top 5 as far as overall song production.  Just great work in sound design and engineering.  These joints bang yet have so much intricate detail in the mixes.'

Favourite music video: 'I don’t watch a lot of videos but Rihanna’s “Bitch Betta Have My Money” video was pretty entertaining.  I also liked Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video.  Great concept.
Joseph Khan in a great video director.'
Kendrick put out a true work that should be listened to in it’s entirety to get a full understanding of his artistic viewpoint.
Favourite album: 'To Pimp A Butterfly has to be my favorite album of the year. In a time when the album is not really valued anymore, Kendrick put out a true work that should be listened to in it’s entirety to get a full understanding of his artistic viewpoint. Just excellent.'


Jay Bishop's (and also The New Beatmaker's) favourite album of 2015: The instant classic 'To Pimp A Butterfly' by Kendrick Lamar.

Favourite musician, producer or beatmaker: 'Jake One really got me hooked with the Tuxedo album. Just great production right in that funk / boogie pocket.'

Favourite app, blog or website: 'Beat Tape Co - Op keeps me on point on releases in the instrumental hip hop world.  Love that site.'
'Jay was generous enough to hop on board for a 'Soundcloud Sessions' guest slot which again showed his skills as a taste maker / curator of all things funk-filled and soul-soaked.' - Lee TNB (thenewbeatmaker.com)
Low point: 'Everytime I look at my Bandcamp numbers I think that I should be doing so much better.  I know I shouldn’t even sweat that, but it is in human nature to want to be appreciated.  That is why I really have to work harder this coming year.'

Highlight: 'NPR reached out to me to use one of my songs in a show.  That was cool.  I am a NPR fan.  Snap Judgement was the show (http://snapjudgment.org/presto).'

Jay Bishop's scorching-hot takeover of Soundcloud Sessions, for more, visit: soundcloud.com/thenewbeatmaker and mixcloud.com/Jay_Bishop/

Music based New Year resolution: 'I want to increase my output. I just don’t put enough music out and I have been leaning on the 'quality over quantity' excuse for too long.  So more mixtapes, original projects, youtube vids, and just overall content is what I hope to get popping in 2016.'

And getting it popping in 2016 I'm sure you will Jay.  Many thanks for the continued support Jay!

For more Jay Bishop:

jaybishop.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/jay-bishop 
mixcloud.com/Jay_Bishop/

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