Jake Beautyman creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
Sure! I'm from a fairly small town in the South East of the UK called 'Ipswich'. Getting into music started practically the moment I was born... both of my parents are into parties & was there at the beginning of the scene when it was all taking off in England.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I think I'm just finding more and more tunes... giving me more and more inspiration, as well as more to play with, when I'm mixing. Mainly Techno, Deep House, early Tech House, Acid House & Breakbeat.
Playing alot of Dexter, Francois Dillinger, Lubelski, SLOTH, & Jay Tripwire in my mixes.
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
In a positive way. There's quite a big amount of people who live near where I do (or in the same town even) that have said some really cool things regarding what I'm doing. They've mentioned witnessing my journey, that they think it's awesome what I'm doing, and can't believe some of the achievements. I think the BBC Radio 1 plays made people realise it doesn't matter if you're commercial or not.
What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
One of the last things I was asked to do was to create an EP for a new label that is starting up - Analytic Records.
They wanted 2 tracks which they are gonna press onto Vinyl this year (2022) with remixes from Terry Francis + Audio Analysts. I started off with a synth that sounded very wet & underwater like... so the track ended up being titled "Mareen Life" by the time it was finished. It really has a deep sea feel to it.
The B-side "Afters Journey" came about after an event + weekend I spent in London. I got really inspired by what I heard that trip and came back straight into the studio to lay down my brains splatters.
Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
I don't have a particular formula I follow or rules. I just never often tend to make tonnes of what's regarded as overly 'happy/feel good music' haha
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
I suppose yeah, it has in some ways, in the sense that you have to spend alot more time online getting word out there.
Which obviously means less time in the studio / writing. On the other hand you can stumble across things in the digital realm that spark or give you creativity. It's a tricky one...
Can you tell us what your present projects are?
The latest project "Slime Time" (released on Superfreq) is a big favourite of mine. It's actually a turning point in my eyes & I'm super happy that it's going to such a good home! Mr.C + David Scuba's record label has always been a huge favoruite of mine and every release is bound to have at least 1 track that I play when I DJ.
The title track - 'Slime Time' is a massive burst of energy, super fun to create!
On the flip side - 'The Golden Tree' takes a slightly more minimal underground approach getting really wonky with the 303 machine. Described by Mr.C as "Modern Acid House at it's very best"