Jeff Fletcher is an electronic producer operating out of Los Angeles, California that is putting out some impressive, intelligent Drum & Bass for many of the notable indie labels under the moniker of Outsource. While initially interested in Hip-Hop, he found himself immersed in Drum & Bass after listening to some of the "Golden Era Greats" like Photek, Source Direct, and Goldie.
Outsource has been privileged enough to produce for Video Games, Television, and Documentaries. A prolific and highly skilled DJ frequently providing mixes for Podcasts and Live Sets, he has been able to secure a spot amongst the heavy hitters of underground Drum & Bass with his brand of cerebral jungle.
Prox: Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you initially get involved with music?
Outsource: I've been involved with music since I was a kid. I was always in band class throughout school. My Dad was a famous Jazz drummer & my Mom played piano so I grew up in a Jazz household but growing up I mostly listened to Hip-Hop on my own.
Prox: Were interested in DJing or Producing before you started?
Outsource: I wasn’t interested in DJing or producing until I got into Drum & Bass. Listening to Rap growing up I was always into the beats & samples just as much as the lyrics, so I was heavy into production way before I started making music.
Prox: Could you tell the story of how you got interested in Drum & Bass? Was there one particular song, artist, or album that inspired you?
Outsource: I got into Drum & Bass through early PlayStation games & films like Blade during the late 90’s. The game Wipeout XL had a song by Photek called The Third Sequence. The movie Blade also had another Photek song so that's how I became a fan but I still didn't know at the time that it was it’s own genre of music. When I got to college, I met a friend who introduced me to the world of Drum & Bass Vinyl & DJing. I was hooked from day one. The music had a natural fit as it was what I was already into at the time. The drums, the bass lines, the futuristic themes & concepts plus the artwork just pulled me in.
Prox: What would you say are some of the major differences within the genre since you started spinning up until now?
Outsource: The major difference I noticed with the older tunes is that they were more experimental & less predictable. I started out listening to artists like Photek, Source Direct, and Goldie so you never knew what to expect. Every song was different from the last. Now days most tunes follow a more simple arrangement but there is a lot of great music out there these days so I'm still very much into it.
Prox: What’s it like producing for video games? How does the process look? Are you a huge gamer yourself?
Outsource: I've had more success with television than in Video Games. I've licensed a few tracks for some games on Nintendo Wii. The process wasn't anything different except the arrangements had to be quick so there can't be any long intros or breakdowns. I've always been into games since I was a kid, but nowadays I can’t play as much as I used to because I’m always busy. I do plan on getting a PS4 though & I like the new Virtual Reality games.
Prox: Which has been some of your favorite projects to work on?
Outsource: So far my favorite projects have been some documentary style TV series for Discovery Channel and National Geographic channel. They last the longest. My music gets placed on different reality shows but the downside is that reality shows lack longevity so once a season is finished, it rarely gets reruns.
Prox: Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists?
Outsource: My favorite artists would be: on the Hip-Hop side, Gang Starr, Nas, Mobb Deep, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay Z, and Wu-Tang.
In Drum & Bass I came up listening to Photek, Adam F, Boymerang, Goldie, Source Direct, LTJ Bukem, Future Engineers, and Aural Imbalance, so that’s where most of my influence came from as far as production.
Prox: Favorite hobbies?
Outsource: My favorite hobbies are being outdoors, going for walks or bike riding since I spend so much time on the computer. I also enjoy watching films & documentaries, and listening to classic albums. I enjoy anything that’s relaxing & sparks inspiration.
Prox: Tips for future DJs and producers?
Outsource: My tip for up & coming DJs and producers is to find the tools & methods that work for you. I'm always seeing people debating on what software or equipment is the best. It's more productive to focus on the music itself as far as melodies, chords, & arrangements. Starting out, I think it’s best to pick your favorite tunes as blueprints & study the arrangements. Ignore negative social media debates, stay positive & inspired.
Prox: Information on upcoming projects?
Outsource: At the moment I have a new lineup of music ready to go so I'll be releasing some new EPs and a full length LP. I’m also working on some new remixes for DJ Rap’s new album for her label Propa Talent. I started working on new music with Galaxi from Advection music, so expect some new deep atmospheric music. I'm also going to continue to drop some new DJ mixes to keep the energy going. I have a game development company interested in my music for an upcoming video game, it's going to be big so I have my fingers crossed on that one.
Prox: Final Thoughts?
Outsource: Thanks for having me!
Thanks for the support! Check out my music on iTunes & Beatport. I have music out now on Propa Talent, Offworld Recordings & my own label FutureMental. Look out for all my upcoming projects at www.outsourcemusic.us. Follow me at www.soundcloud.com/outsource