Nicole Palazzo on 17/8/12
As New York City gears up for one of its largest festivals on the East Coast, Electric Zoo, Pulse Radio chats with funky house producer and DJ Ashley Jones, better known as Treasure Fingers. After growing up in a small town in Oklahoma with absolutely no sign of dance music, Treasure Fingers sought out music by frequenting raves in other cities and broadcasting parties in Londontown via the internet. As part of A-Trak's Fools Gold family, he has certainly made a name for himself with songs such as "Cross the Dancefloor" and killer remixes of Chromeo, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, and etc. Tune in to see what Treasure Fingers has up his sleeve for us at Electric Zoo.
How did you first get your records to A-Trak and his label Fool’s Gold? I had some stuff just floating around on blogs & in a lot of other DJs hands. He heard "Cross the Dancefloor" somehow and tracked me down on myspace. We started talking and inked a contract. The rest is history.
What’s it like to work with A-Trak, do you think there might be any collaborations from the two of you in the future? Yeah I'd love to collab with A-trak, we're both traveling maniacs so hopefully we can find some time in the future to work on something. I think we'd cook up something amazing.
As we understand it – you grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma a location not typically revered for a heritage in dance music. How did you find a love for it? There was zero dance music in my town, absolutely nothing. I traveled around to different cities to check out clubs and raves. I started networking with other local DJs in the record stores & got put on to internet broadcasts from parties in London. That was a big influence to me because the sound over there was so different. The internet was very vital to my career as a producer & DJ.
Besides awesome - How would you describe your sound? Funky is the first word that comes to mind. It can be applied many different ways.
If you were stranded on a desert island and came upon a treasure chest filled with 5 items and one person what would be inside? 5 food items would be the smart choice, but I'd go with a fully charged iPod, a sketch pad (I like to draw in my free time, stress relief), a pen, bottle of Hennessey, & sunscreen. For the person, I don't have a specific, but someone handy who knows how to build a really good boat.
You’ve done a bunch of remixes for high profile artists like Chromeo, Tensnake, Eric Prydz, etc.? What was the most fun to make, and which was the most successful according to fans and sales? I'm not sure which was most successful, I don't have the numbers to gauge that. But I really liked how the Empire of the Sun remix turned out, & a lesser known remix I did for Broke One is one of my favorites as well, I sort of changed my style up a bit on but loved the outcome.
Are you looking forward to closing out the American summer at the Electric Zoo? Do you have any surprises lined up? Yeah that's gonna be a big one. I'll def come prepared with some fresh exclusive music & surprises. I just know the whole vibe of the Fool's Gold clubhouse tent is going to be insane. It'll be fun to party with all my homies again before summer runs out.
As someone who lived in Brooklyn, New York for a while – what are some of your favorite places to hang out in that borough? I really miss sandwiches from Hana (it's a small hard to find bodega). I'd go there and order, then stop in the Fools Gold store to hang for a bit until my order was ready. Late night I always liked hanging at the Turkey's Nest, for one, it's a non-pretentious dive bar, two, they've got a big buck safari arcade machine which I'm highly addicted to.
What’s the worst thing someone has ever come into the booth and said to you? The funniest was "I know you're playing techno, I get it, but could you like, do a techno remix of Beyonce single ladies maybe?", the worst was "are you gonna play anything I can dance to?"
What’s the best? The best is usually not what anyone has said, but just seeing the excitement as a new track drops. The high-fives & head nod acknowledgements.
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