Into the Hellmouth of Creativity with G Jones
G (Greg) Jones has been a favorite of the underground bass scene for a couple years now, and his productions have long been the envy of other producers (read our review of his show at Terminal West in February 2016). With his wizard touch, he is able to manipulate Ableton and any synthesizer he touches into tremendous collections of sound that defy description and sends audiences reeling.
For his latest tour, supporting his Visions EP, he took things a step further, with fully custom visuals to accompany the music. I had gotten to see him perform with a stripped-down version of his touring setup at Gem and Jam Festival 2017 back in February (read my full review of that weekend here), but I wasn’t prepared for the show at Variety Playhouse, where three screens were arranged behind Jones for the full, inescapable display of his mind.
Sayer kicked off the night with an energetic but restrained set that served its purpose while revealing a few tricks from the talented rising producer. The Widdler stepped up next to pave the way down into the bass canyon we were headed for. He gave a shout out to the level of art and messaging that he sees in Jones’ music, and as the track says, “We See It Clear.”
I had seen both artists perform together at the Warped Horizon parties in Birmingham, AL at New Year’s Eve (read my review of that weekend here); but it was such a richer experience seeing them in the packed theater, knowing they were there as friends. The Widdler is already getting a lot of attention among the dubstep community, but he deserves all eyes on his career as it looks set to take off to new heights.
Funktion 1 speakers were brought in for the show, and I was lucky enough to secure a place right in front of one of the stacks of subwoofers. Protected from any damage by a good set of earplugs, I was able to let the bass course through my body, washing away all negative feelings and vibrating my body with electric happiness. Down in that pit, I made new friends and more than a few people were transported into space by the time-stretching sounds. It was a headspace of free emotion and shared incredulity at the possibilities of art. Minds locked together, we felt each other’s thoughts; and G Jones expertly guided us across universes of distortion, reverb, and bass. We drifted into a digital abyss, but we were brought safely home again. On this, the last night of his tour, G Jones took a photo with us and bid us goodnight, but we were all different now. Sweatier, happier, more together; we left the building together, and went out into the world.
Photos by Andrew Najjar Photography