Jarrod Fink, a New York resident who goes by the eloquent moniker, Mr. Fink. This sagacious dubstep producer has been cranking out tunes, and indescribable sets for some time now. His resonance in the scene is solidified by his impacting and heavy hitting bass music, and experience in his field of fury; he is the brainiac of bass. The brain is a symbol, the music is a movement. This mind-melting mastermind musician is pulsating with erudition.
Please welcome Mr. Fink to the storm!
Q1: Welcome Mr. Fink! Where did the Mr. Fink project derive from? Take us back to the beginning in regards to your decision to make music.
A1: Thank you! Glad to be here. I started the Mr. Fink project officially about 3 years ago, before then I was mostly just DJing, playing out at local bars & clubs and the occasional house party. I got into that back in 2011 when I decided to go to Dubspot, a DJ/ing and Production school in NYC. I attended there for about a year and caught onto DJing pretty quickly, but back then music production was a lot more challenging. Between 2011 & 2017 I must have tried and given up on music production about 4 or 5 times and it wasn’t until quality online resources became available that I was able to stick with it. Things like Splice, Cymatics, “Project Files” and especially Defyre, have made things much easier for producers these days. Back in the day there were few options like the “Vengeance Essentials” sample packs, and very expensive schooling.
Q2: Who has been the biggest inspiration in your journey thus far? Inside and outside the worlds of music.
A2: Early on I was inspired by big name acts in the House and Trance scenes such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Laidback Luke, Tiesto and more. I expanded my DJing knowledge by watching and studying the well known “Pioneer DJ sounds show” as well as the BBC Radio One Essential mixes. A few years into my DJing career I discovered bass music through artists such as Zeds Dead, who remain one of my favorites, and other well known artists like 12th Planet, Skream, Benga, Rusko, Skrillex, etc. I am also inspired by the music of older decades, especially artists like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles. I honestly really just love all music, everything from rap, to country & christian music, which I was raised on. Outside of the music world my inspirations have been visual artists such as Alex Grey, or philosophers like Alan Watts.
Q3: What has been your favorite track to make so far? Why this track?
A3: I make A TON of music, a lot that I never release or share, so this is a very tough question! If I had to choose one that I’ve released, it would probably be my recent remix of Good Vs Evil – Mental Warfare. Fabes is a good friend of mine locally here in Buffalo, and Eric is one of my best friends that I’ve met online, so having all 3 minds come together on the project was a really cool experience. I also really loved the concept behind the track with the “fakes news,” and “media mind control.” Isaiah581‘s vocals were an awesome bonus, he did a great job with the lyrics and the theme, and I really enjoy working with vocals! Another cool fact about this project was that the artwork was done by a very good friend of mine Nii, who is also the graphic artists behind the Mr. Fink Comic Book. He has been hard at work on Chapter 2 and I can’t wait to share it.
Q4: What do you have in store for the rest of 2020 and or into 2021? Let your fans know what is next in the realm of Mr. Fink!
A4: So I gave away a little bit in the last question, one of the first things I have in store for the rest of this year is Chapter 2 of my Comic Book! I don’t want to give away too much, but this chapter features my buddy Decipher that I make a ton of music with, we’re sitting on a stack of some of our best unreleased tunes that we plan on releasing possibly later this year and early into 2021, so keep an eye out. Him and I also have a sample pack called “The Ancient Pack” that you can grab on my website HERE… we may have another sample pack in store for the future as well!
Q5: Your musical arsenal is definitely stacked. Although out of curiosity, who are you trying to collaborate with here in the near future?
A5: I am realistically trying to reduce my number of collaborations. One of the biggest reasons I got into production was to make music with other artists, however recently it’s gotten out of hand and I find myself making so many collabs that I have no time to write any of my own music. Expect to see a lot more OG singles from me in the near future.
Q6: Walk us through your creative process behind remixing Good Vs Evil & Isaiah581‘s recent track ‘Mental Warfare‘ with your collaborative partner, Fabes? What went into that track from your perspective?
A6: The creative process behind Mental Warfare was a multi-session process, I like to break down my process into writing sessions, sound design sessions, and mixing & mastering. I prepped the project by dragging in the stems and chopping and rearranging them to get a feel for a good remix arrangement. I stopped there and held off until the next session because I didn’t want to get into what I call a “flow state,” and write too much. Fabes came by about a week later and we started writing the intro. In the next session we had both already done separate sound design sessions so we were able to start adding our favorite ones and using trial and error to get a solid idea down. We also did some re-sampling work with some sounds we had from Splice to make them cohesive with our other bass-lines. In the final session we locked in the mix & master, added our watermarks to the intro and sent it off to Good Vs Evil and that was a wrap!
Q7: Who do you see killing it these days? Give them some love and a shout-out below!
A7: These days I feel like honestly EVERYONE is killing it. Like I mentioned before music production has gotten so much easier these days, so it’s nice to hear all the incredible music people are writing. If I had to name a few, some of my favorite artists killing it right now are actually a lot of the Defyre Society instructors, so being able to learn from artists like Oddprophet, Felmax, Code:Pandorum, Whales and more, has been such a priceless experience. Also there’s a number of Defyre students that are killing it right now as well, and I love tuning in to hear their songs on feedback streams daily. Artists like Heaven Fell, Octobit, SEDA, and Syrup are always bringing the heat just to name a few! Outside of Defyre, some other underground artists that I think are killing it are Decipher, Rescve, Alan Mateo, Benzo$, MOODSVINGS, and Orgoth. Lastly I couldn’t complete this question without shouting out every single artist on the Deathstar Cult roster. DSC is a new bass music label that has been quickly on the rise, making a name for themselves early on by releasing some of the heaviest bass music I’ve heard lately! I am very excited to see what the future has in store for The Cult.
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