Jacques Greene

-YES, MANCHESTER-

Currently I am getting in to running as I am going through a period of unemployment. It helps stave off boredom and generally helps my mental health. Fundamental to my runs is: music. That’s where Jacques Greene comes in. The Canadian, signed to the Lucky Me label, has teamed up with his label mate, CID RIM and produced one of the best songs on my iPod, ‘Kids Return’. The style is dreamy, synthy, dubstep-influenced music, with a masterful use of distorted vocals. When this track is listened to on headphones it keeps me going that extra mile. That is why when I saw that Jacques Greene was playing at YES I jumped at the chance to go. He is not necessarily someone I would have expected to play at YES, a venue which I associate with indie bands rather than big name dance music producers and artists however the Pink Room on the top floor is nicely full for his set.

I feel there needs to be more room to dance as his music makes me want to move and I can’t imagine why you’d want to stand there with your arms folded supping a pint at one of his gigs. Jacques has said himself that when he discovered electronic music he realised that music isn’t just made by ‘four angry men with guitars’. He seems to go a long way to proving that it can be made by one, presumably less angry man however it could be argued in a live situation four men with guitars is more entertaining than one, hunched over a laptop. This is how I feel despite really liking his sound and as there isn’t much to entertain me on stage so I look to the for entertainment as with most dance music events seeing people enjoy themselves is just as important as the DJ.

Unfortunately listening to Jacques Greene on headphones is just as rewarding as seeing him live. That’s not to say it was a bad gig, hearing his music on a good sound system is worth the ticket price alone however some live vocals wouldn’t have gone amiss to elevate his stage appeal although given that not every track has a vocalist, paying a vocalist to go on tour with Greene may not have seemed feasible and why pay when all the voices you need are on that hallowed laptop anyway?

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When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.