Mix Up The Genres with Jameston Thieves: An Artist Interview

jameston thieves interview

Jameston Thieves latest release is Hagakure, featuring Abrax Phaeton. The song combines elements of hip-hop, funk, dubstep, and pop. Jameston Thieves is an eclectic producer, probing up for a big year in 2018.  The Phoenix native has created psychedelic and glitchy visuals for an all-encompassing audio/visual vibe. This combined with his eclectic electronic performance is a package perfect for festivals.

Jake Maloney aka Jameston Thieves has support from Diplo, Dillon Francis, Bassnectar, Tchami Jauz, Borgore, Oliver Heldens, and many more. He’s released singles off notable labels, such as OWSLA, Dim Mak Records, Armada Music, Cherry Tree/Universal, Big Beat/Atlantic, and Buygore.

I had the opportunity to interview the young upcoming artist. You know the drill, click the Soundcloud embed and read the full interview below for the FULL Jameston Thieves Interview.


Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?

I’m from phoenix, AZ. Back in the day there were really strong rave / punk scenes here. The influences from back then are very present in my music today

What instruments did you play when you were younger?

Bass , Guitar, Drums, a little piano. 

Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?

I bought a didgeridoo a few months ago and I’m figuring that thing out little by little.

Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?

I got into DAWS at a young age, I would record songs with my guitar / drums, everything from Metal, to funky reggae and rap songs. I got better at navigating DAW’s and over time, my curiosity evolved to get Reason 5 so I could try my hand at bass music. I was playing in bands, so it was more of a hobby, but eventually it became way more fun to me to just make music on the computer. So I made that my main focus.

What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?

When I’m not making music I enjoy reading books, studying philosophy, listening to podcasts, painting, and exploring nature.

Who are your musical influences?

There are so many, a few are: Les Claypool, Noisia, J Dilla, Jefferson Airplane, Koan Sound

Do you have a favorite NEW artists that doesn’t have much of a following?

My friend Anti-Negative has some really cool music coming.

Who has been one of your favorite artists to collab with?

All of them have been great. It’s always awesome working with Yookie, since we’ve made quite a few tunes together over the years, the process has become very natural.

What DAW do you use and why?

Ableton, I previously used Reason, then Logic, then eventually moved to Ableton and it just felt right. My workflow is quickest in there by far. 

Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?

A lot of experimentation. First I’ll write a part, whether its drums, or an instrument, or something I record. Just something so the slate is no longer blank. Then I’ll mess with that track and write new parts. Usually that first noise wont make the final, but it’s how I jumpstart my inspiration.

What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?

I just got an OP-1 from teenage engineering and I’m in love with it.

What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin? 

Reaktor. You can do anything in there.

Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?

Just have fun, expiriment, always take time to learn, and relax. 

Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?

Bulletproof coffee (Coffee + grass-fed butter + MCT Oil) . I make it pretty much every morning, it helps me get focused on what I need to do. 

What is your favorite social media platform and why?

I don’t spend too much time on social media, but I guess my favorite platform would be Reddit, if that counts? You can learn about pretty much anything, so I get a lot of helpful information from Reddit. 

What is next for Jameston Thieves?

I have A LOT of music coming out in these coming months, as well as a bunch of shows all over the U.S.

 Focused on trying to push boundaries and learn new styles. I think these unreleased songs are my best yet, and I can’t wait to share them everyone.

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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