EXCLUSIVE: Jimkata – Interview

In this exclusive interview Axiom Nation chats with the east coast jamtronic ensemble Jimkata before their Iowa City show at The Yacht Club to discuss the tour, their future and movements across the festival world.


Q: What sort of reaction do you expect from your fans with the release of “Ten more songs”?

A: It’s amazing considering we haven’t put a live record out yet, we we’re excited to capture the experience of the stage. This album was completely geared towards our current fan base in the sense that we could give them a raw and tangible body of work that carries with it a free vibe. As for the emphasis, the goal was all original and organic cuts which fully encompass the Jimkata sound.

Q: A few months ago I saw your set at Rootwire music & arts festival playing a Saturday night between Papadoiso acts,what was this experience like?

A: It was awesome. Truly an honor.  We go back with the Papadosio guys, been playing with them for a while and according to Anthony (Papadosio lead synth and guitar) the slot was awarded to whomever put out the best, in their opinion, album that year. We really appreciate what those guys have built, the quality of that festival is amazing and we so very proud of them as well as to be given this opportunity.

Q: Die digital was certainly a breakthrough album for you guys, have you been working on a follow-up?

A: Well, we are planning in the spring to record an LP with Jason Randell at Moore Sounds Studios in Syracuse, New York (same place as Die Digital) to gear up for festival season. As for the process, It will be quite different for us. Save one, we have never played any of these new tracks live and it’s a sort of culmination from each of us. Each of these new tracks is an adventure for us, we really have no clue how it will turn out, but it will be a unique and evolving sound. Previously when recording we were bringing in already conceived songs and slightly rearranging the parts, whereas now we are constructing each component of the tracks in studio…which is definitely exciting for us. To lay down each part, none of us having never heard it before and to know “THIS IS THE ONE” is just an amazing feeling.

Q: The new years schedule looks really legit and you’re playing with some excellent bands. Have you ever contemplated headlining your own 2 or 3 night runs?

A: Of course, totally. We would love to do so, but at this point we figure it’s simpler to focus on new years in and of itself before tackling a challenge like that. We have tried 3-4 night runs, but there’s just no way to do it right unless you have a ridiculous amount of material like the means of Phish or String Cheese. We hope these entities are in the cards for us, but after all- playing new years with Papadosio and Dopapod isn’t all bad.

A: I really dig the simplicity of those large mat-lights you install, have you given thought into investing towards more complex rigs to go along with your tunes?

Q: That’s the goal, and we’re in the process of doing so. They’re very useful, eye-catching, practical and let’s be honest, cost effective. Right now, with the size of our Independent operation they fit perfectly. Trust us, we would love to get to Pretty Lights Status.

A: When would you guys consider starting up your own festival?

Q: We have one! it’s called Catullus music and arts festival. We started it this past summer with 300-400 people. Sort of made it a no pressure situation, laid back vibes and a few friendly acts. This upcoming summer are looking to expand. We’re hatching the details now and decided to have it up-state, in Syracuse, New York.

Q: Lastly, how do you feel about Spotify? Helpful or hurtful, better to spread music, but hurts album sales.

A: It’s a double-edged sort. On one hand I sort of agree with the older guys like Tom York and Pete Townsend who have send drastic drops in their long-standing record sales and in turn receive a ridiculously low royalty rate- the old sales model has been crushed. On the other hand, the exposure is phenomenal and ability to have all the new music in one place and for fans to have access at any time is revolutionary. In many ways music is returning to it’s roots with live shows and word of mouth recommendations. Realistically the only choice you have is to go with the flow, adapt with the current stream. The biggest downfall is one-sided ratio between plays and how much you make per play, especially since we spend so much on recording. Ultimately, we know our fans love it and if they want/can pay for the album or spottily, than we say go for it- Rock on!