The 2020 Breakthrough DJ Competition is now well into Round 2, so we’ve decided to catch up with each of the Top 16 to learn a little more about them 👀 We’ll be speaking with all of the Top 16 in the coming days.
Up next in the blog series is Klingstone, a DJ who handled his mix well with genres and energy.
Hi Klingstone, well done for making the Top 16! You handled your mix really well.
So first, introduce yourself?
So, my name is Jack Jones. Stage name Klingstone. I am 23 years old from Grimsby, England. I produce music from all sorts of genres – all types of House, Hardstyle, Lo-Fi, Hip-Hope/Rap beats. I also enjoy making mashups, and got my inspiration from Two Friends for that, the Big Bootie mix’s are crazy creative. Growing up, my idol DJ’s were Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. I loved the melodies and synths they made and produced, must be a Swedish thing haha. I would describe myself as new to the scene and unknown but my passion drives me to make myself known and would love the opportunity to do that. Keep an eye on my instagram for new music and sets, a lot of new stuff coming soon!
Great intro! Tell us your favourite genre to play and your favourite track right now?
My favourite genre to play can range to be fair and depends what mood I am in at the time of playing. I enjoy playing progressive house/big room tracks and mixed with lots of mashups and acapella’s. I do love experimenting with different genres and not afraid to try new things.
Currently, my favourite track would be Pickle – On the drums. I’ve recently found his work and it’s such a feel good vibe listening to his tracks and his music videos to his tracks are insane, you need to check it out. He’s the next big thing in the house world, expect him to blow up.
Cool, so how long have you been behind the decks?
I mainly focused on producing beats, remixes and making new mashups on FL Studio, but last year I bought my own decks and started to turn my mashups into sets for everyone to listen to. I’m yet to venture out from ‘the bedroom’ and perform to people but I can’t wait to have the opportunity.
Learning those skills will be a big help when you hit the club or festival scene! We’d like to know who each of you aspire to?
That’s a tough question, I don’t know to be honest. Every DJ is aspiring. Steve Aoki is one that pops in to my head, just because of his crazy commitment of touring and delivering amazing shows. Carl Cox is another, a legendary DJ who everyone respects.
Solid choices. So, if you could play at any party or venue, where would it be?
Without a doubt, Tomorrowland Festival would be a dream come true for me! It’s been my goal ever since working with music since 2012. I’m still yet to visit the festival but it’s on the bucket list, how amazing would it be if it was my first time attending but I’m actually playing a set.
Certainly a big dream to aim for! Last question: what’s your opinion on phones on the dancefloor?
GTFO, I mean come on. If you’ve paid like £300 to attend a festival or like £40 to attend an event, what’s the point in recording it through your phone when you could have just watched the set live on Facebook or Youtube for free.