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Who’s Ready to Get Weird With Kill The Noise’s New ‘Occult Classic’ Album?

Jake Stanczak, also known as Kill The Noise, is known for his intense and versatile take on bass music while maintaining his own distinction along the way. From the start he was inspired by the drum ‘n’ bass scene in Toronto to which he credits his artistic development.“The two biggest drum ‘n’ bass scenes in North America were Los Angeles and Toronto,” said Jake in an interview with Billboard. “Me and my buddies, the second we were old enough to start going to shows, we were up there.”

Kill The Noise has released music on some of dance music’s most prestigious record labels including Deadmau5’s Mau5trap Recordings, and his own imprint, Slow Roast Records. The boutique label is distributed by indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold, and was founded with 5x DMC world-champion DJ Craze.

Jake has really expanded his horizons with his newest album release titled Occult Classic while experimenting with new styles and sounds but staying true to his rootsThe album consists of 10 tracks and includes guest appearances from the likes of Dillon Francis, Feed Me, Tommy Trash, AWOLNATION, and more.

In an interview with Billboard, Jake was asked “Most of your releases are EPs, was your process different to make an LP?”, and his response was… “When I first started writing all these tunes, I was really going in there like, “I want to evolve as an artist.” I don’t want to get myself into a situation where I’m a touring electronic music guy that’s making club tracks and living in the club. You end up in this loop where you’re playing shows and making tunes to play in your show and there isn’t really a lot of room for you to create cool mutations to your sound that could potentially take you somewhere else exciting. I think the only way to really do that is to find a new environment to write in. I was in this place where I was just about blowing people’s heads off in the club. That’s pretty limiting creatively. You’re throwing away ideas — like, “this is cool, but I don’t know if people are going to get it in a club.” But if I’m listening to Nine Inch Nails, for sure there are tracks that make me want to go in the mosh pit, but there are also these introspective songs: the whole record felt like a journey.”

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