With Kinetic 4 just days away, this seems like a good time to post a 5 Questions interview with the Chillography Downtempo Dinosaur headliner, Rena Jones. For the few of you that are not wise to Rena’s incredible music, consider this a primer and an invitation to dig deeper into her catalog. For the rest of us, it offers a small look into her world an stokes the flame of excitement of seeing her perform live amongst the robot dinos. 🙂
How do you describe your music to people who have never heard it before?
I try to avoid descriptions as you can never really explain music. If I have to, I tend to say electro-acoustic / classical / IDM….
Who and/or what influences your music the most?
That changes from album to album but right now I am listening to a lot of classical music and Bach’s compositions are really inspiring my current work in the studio.
In the past Murcof, Tipper, Talvin Singh, Telfon Telaviv, Amon Tobin, Tipper, Shpongle, Lamb, Boards of Canada, Mum, Efterklang, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jaga Jazzist, Lusine, Helios, Tortoise, DJ Shadow, Richard Devine, Colleen, The Leaf Label, Ninja Tune, Marconi Union, Sigur Ros, Radio Head, Mark Deutsch, Deaf Center, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Dimitri Shastacovich, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Tosca, Goldfrapp, Sibelius….
What instruments, equipment and software are at work in the studio? What about your live setup?
In the studio I have a Moog Little Phatty, Laptop, Native Instruments Komplete, ProTools, violin, cello, hand drums, guitar and random toys that rotate often.
Live I perform with the laptop, Ableton Live, violin, cello and a controller and some pedals.
Beyond Kinetic 4, what’s next for you and your label, Cartesian Binary Recordings?
A performance at Lightning in a Bottle in May and am currently planning a Fall tour.
As for the label, I am currently working on a compilation, a new EP and remix EPs. Stay tunned as I hope to keep Cartesian Binary pretty busy.
Where can people go to learn more about you and hear your tunes?