With dubstep now one of the most popular forms of electronic music around today, we are seeing many of our younger local producers and DJs turning to this particular sound to convey their musical ideas. Just in the last few weeks I have personally found three local producers in their late teens that have cast their lot with the popular dubstep movement. One such individual starred in our last Speed of Sound showcase and is the subject of this week’s BloomingtonElectronic.com artist interview.
Thomas Fjord (pronounced Ford) Goodwin is an IU student with a passion for sub bass and LFOs, producing and DJing in the vein of dubstep under the name Jester Fjord. The following is a brief introduction to Thomas and his ambitions as the life of the party. So, dawn your silliest shades and tilt your ball caps to 2 o’clock, because the wub-wub starts on the one.
BE: Why are you a Jester Mr. Fjord?
JF: It doesn’t make too much sense yet, but my vision for my live act is this one-man multi-media vaudeville behemoth: Comedy, music, visual art, anything and everything. I felt like DJ was too limiting.
BE: From where do you hail? What brought you to Bloomington?
JF: I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio, but grew up on the west side of Indianapolis and came to Bloomington for school.
BE: What convinced you to pursue DJing and music production?
JF: DJing and producing both kinda fell into my lap. I’d been working with audio in general since middle school, gradually acquiring equipment and knowledge, as I needed them. I sang in a band and decided to invest in a PA, as me and my band mates grew I moved into recording equipment, I got a job as the sound guy in my school’s theater, bought a synthesizer… this summer rolled around and I found I had the right setup and the right skill set to jump into it all.
BE: You bill your work as ‘dubstep’ and DJ the genre as well. How would you describe your flavor of dubstep? What is your aim, musically?
JF: I try to make dubstep that’s dirty enough to dance to, but that has enough going on to make it worth listening to. I think with dubstep, a third of your listeners are in the live scene, and the rest are the sort of YouTube-browsing demographic.
BE: What is your take on the state of this newer genre and its wide and wild popularity?
JF: I think it’s sweet that something that sounds so esoteric is approaching mainstream. I’m also excited because the popularity combined with the rapidly-evolving nature of electronic music means that dubstep in 12 months is going to be nothing like dubstep now.
BE: Who are some of your musical influences?
JF: I try to be influenced by everything, if that’s possible. I see the same patterns in music, architecture, television, conversation, anything created by and meant for consumption by the human brain.
BE: What are some of your current projects? Do you have an album in the works?
JF: Right now I’m just working on cranking out more songs. I think I have a long way to go before I’ll feel comfortable accepting money for anything I record.
BE: How is the music scene in Indy?
BE: Are you a hardware or a software guy? What do you use live/in the studio?
JF: I got buckets of software, mostly because there’s much more free software out there than hardware. I use Cubase 4 in the studio, and live it’s Numark CDjs, an SP-404 sampler and occasionally my laptop.
BE: Who are you listening to these days?
BE: Any shouts to friends/other local or underground producers we should know about?
JF: Oh man I should really have something to say here…
BE: Favorite album of 2010?
JF: M.I.A. killed it.
BE: Well thanks a lot Thomas. You gave us an awesome show and we look forward to your future endeavors.
JF: Thank you for the opportunity to do this, seriously.
~Interview by Noah Boyer