Friday, April 13, 2012

Treasure Fingers' Ashley Jones on tonight's show at the Granada, the original nightclub genre, and his humble roots

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 7:22 AM

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  • Ryan Purcell, Oh Snap Kid
There's no better way to spend Friday the 13th than in a club dancing your fears away. At the very most, you'll have a grand time grinding on an anonymous person until midnight. At the least? Your dance moves will loosen your limbs, enabling you to outrun the big bad monsters waiting outside the Granada. The artist who will help you work up your sweaty sheen? DJ and producer Treasure Fingers (Ashley Jones).

Jones' style is straight up, feel-good house. Most of his original music and remixes are disco-driven, and filled with infectious basslines. We recently caught up with Jones via e-mail.

The Pitch: I see you're not really on tour right now, just a few dates here and there. What's bringing you to Lawrence, KS?

Jones: Even when I'm not touring, I'll still accept certain one-off show offers. I've never been to Lawrence before and always heard good things so I wanted to check it out & party with everyone there.

You grew up in a small Oklahoma town. How'd you get your hands on unique records, and what/who influenced you to become a musician?

My dad has influenced me to become a musician, far before I even know about electronic music. I played in bands and made a lot of other types of music before getting into electronic stuff. Once I started DJing, I would travel to record stores in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas and even Chicago to buy records and meet up with other DJs. Oklahoma actually had a really good club/rave scene throughout the 90s.

Another geographic question: How has the Atlanta scene influenced (or not influenced) the way you come at a remix, or an original track?

I don't feel that it has much influence on me at all when it comes to the Treasure Fingers project. For Evol Intent (another project I'm involved with) stuff, we'll incorporate a lot of rap and bass music influence, and I'll do production for other artists that is influenced heavy by southern rap but I don't think any of that stuff comes through whenever I make house or disco stuff.

I think your style (disco, house) is extremely danceable, almost more so than a lot of electronic music that's been released lately. Do you think those two genres naturally promote danceability, good times?

Yes, definitely, disco was the first 'nightclub' genre in my opinion. Then house music came along and developed that idea even further. So since day one, this music has been about dancing, having a good time & partying in a club.

Do your travels expose you to different genres that you incorporate in your work?

Honestly it usually just exposes me to the same music over and over. But I go out of my way to try and check out new stuff in other genres when time permits. When I travel there's not much time for anything else besides a shower, dinner then I'm back in the nightclub for the rest of the night. It is refreshing when promoters will pick me up and be listening to something different and interesting on the car stereo, much better than hearing a DJ mix of the same sort of stuff we're going to hear all night anyways.

What artists are you working with right now (if you can say), or are you more focused on your original work?

I'm focusing on new original work right now, but I've done a couple collaborations recently with some other producers (Codes, Malente) that will be popping up very soon.

Catch Treasure Fingers tonight at the Granada. Opening set from Tyga Style, party courtesy of Team Bear Club. The 18-and-over show begins at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10.

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