Today here with me I have Jake Brown also known as Handbook. Handbook is one of England’s most premier producer and musician. He has several EPs and LPs albums under his belt.
Getselious: Hello Handbook thank you for coming.
Handbook: No problems, thank you for inviting me!
Getselious: Why did you choose Handbook as your artist name?
Handbook: When I first started making music, I came up with the name “Part-Time Wolf” but that name already existed, so I quickly thought of “Handbook” as a temporary name and it stuck well. Easy to remember.
Getselious: How long have you been a producer and a musician?
Handbook: Well in my teens, I started to play drums from about 14, then picked up guitar and bass soon after. I was in a band with friends when I was at school and we rocked out at any opportunity. I started getting into music production early 2010. I heard some guys in LA making this crazy beat music and it really spoke to me.
Getselious: What drew you into becoming a professional producer and a musician?
Handbook: A friend of mine (Bambooman) in York had been making beats for a year or so and I saw him do a live show a couple of years ago. I was impressed and started listening to that sort of beat music/hiphop. Shortly after I immersed myself in artists such as Flying Lotus and Knxwledge. Ever since I was really young I have always loved music and needed a way to make it myself. Music has been the best way to express myself.
Bambooman-Knowledge by Bambooman
Luckiest Charm remix //The Long Lost// 2008 by Flyinglotus
Both of these musicians styles are expressive enough to inspire anyone to be a musician.
Getselious: Have you been trained as a musician by either taking music classes or obtaining a music degree?
Handbook: I haven’t had formal training in either performing, writing or producing music. When I was in a band, I was lucky enough to hang about with really talented musicians and I learned small amounts about how music is crafted from them. As for production, at the start I had to work it all out myself. I bought an MPC1000 in April 2010 and until I started talking to other music producers, who have guided me on how to improve my production. I tend to just experiment with different things and if I’m happy with how it sounds, it doesn’t matter that I don’t have that music theory backing up my experiments.
Getselious: How have other artists and/or genres inspired you as musician and a producer?
Handbook: The ever evolving beatscene that seems to be spreading worldwide inspires me massively. Using soundcloud, I can see what other musicians do within that genre and gauge what’s changing and that allows me to be more cutting edge. I do listen to a lot of Hiphop from the last 20 years and that too is a huge inspiration to me, especially with regards to sampling and structuring beats. I listen to wider range of music including jazz and ambient, which helps give a wider range to my music. People like WeDidIt Collective and klipmode have and continue to push the envelope and that pushes me to expand my sound.
Getselious: As a citizen of the United Kingdom, what is your opinion of the music scene where you live?
Handbook: In York, where I live, the music scene is strange. There used to be a vibrant rock scene which seems to be slowly drying up and nothing seems to be happening. In Yorkshire, the county I live in, there is a broader range of music going on Leeds & Bradford have a good scene for hip-hop and beats and that is crucial.
ExP – Cyphers & Punchlines produced by Jakova FREE DOWNLOAD by ExP
A1.August11 by TheHashFinger
Purple Diamond by Hourglass Sea
You can really feel the vibrant hip hop flavor in these musicians tracks.
Getselious: Do you think that your scene is being dominated by a single brand or style?
Handbook: There is a decent mix of genres and styles in and around York. There’s still a rock and indie scene still going on, but there are people doing acoustic/folk style music. My mates Dad hosts shows at his house, in his kitchen/diner. There is also a lot people making more dance, electro and dubstep. Those club nights do really well with night swingers.