Leeds-based producer Ryan Wild AKA J.Sparrow (formerly Jack Sparrow) creates deeply atmospheric dubstep with intelligent forays across the spectrum of sound system music, from techno to reggae. He’s also one half of jazz-inflected dubstep project Author, with Submotion’s Orchestra’s Dom Howard AKA Ruckspin.
J.Sparrow’s excellent debut album Circadian, released on Pinch’s Tectonic in 2010, gave us an early insight into the darker, experimentalist nature of the then relatively new-on-the-scene producer. He’s since notched up two releases on Mala’s benchmark dubstep label Deep Medi, as well as his dub-laden This is a Sound for ZamZam Sounds last year.
J.Sparrow will be representing Deep Medi at Trinity this month, alongside a slew of dubstep and reggae all stars in the fourth annual edition of Teachings in Dub x Deep Medi: The Weekender.
1.) What have you learned today?
A group of cats is called a ‘clowder’.
2.) Favorite track of all time?
It’s really not possible for me to name one. Highlights include Gustav Holst – The Planets, The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation and Leftfield – Rhythm and Stealth.
3.) It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
At the last night I played in Leeds at around 3.30am I went into a little soul and funk section, starting with Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman and people went crazy. It’s nice to play for real appreciators of music
4.) Who are your top three acts right now?
My recent most played are Monolake, Floating Points and Osunlade. It changes every week!
My recent most played are Monolake, Floating Points and Osunlade
5.) If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Archeologist, Psychologist or Historian (Civilization and Architecture).
6.) What was the last book you read?
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell – all about the underdogs and misfits.
7.) Favourite thing on TV?
I don’t watch much TV, but I really enjoy the Joe Rogan podcast series on YouTube. I watched Love Island with my mum when she stayed once and kept on watching it… I was interested in the dynamic between general public and the contestants.
8.) Are you afraid of anything?
I used to be terrified of flying, so I learnt to fly a plane so I knew what procedures the pilot was doing and statistics of flying, etc.. It went away. Other than that, I really don’t like spiders.
I am vegetarian, have three cats and have applied to be on Countdown three times
9.) Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I am vegetarian, have three cats and have applied to be on Countdown three times.
10.) What are you doing tomorrow?
I need to do something nice for the Mrs… She’s been really an absolute queen recently. Something food related.