Jack Beats have a plan. That plan involves taking the very best, most spectacularly effective pieces from a vast array of different musical genres and blending them together into an irrepressible force that detonates on contact. When you lay it out like that it all seems quite simple really, doesnâ€™t it?
â€œItâ€™s all in the influences,â€ says Niall Dailly, the Scottish half of the band. â€œThereâ€™s always room for a drum n bass breakbeat, or an old rave riff, or a vintage house sample.â€
â€œIt might be a hip hop loop, some unlikely, twisted up dubstep bassline or a more minimal techno feel,â€ says the other half of the band, Ben Geffin. â€œAll these ideas are fed into what we do in the studio. And suddenlyâ€¦â€
â€œSuddenly it sort of works!â€ laughs Niall. â€œWe just love hybrid music. So now weâ€™re making our own brand of hybrid music and shaking it all up a bit.â€
Niall and Ben describe the release of their mini albums as a â€œsumming upâ€ of everything theyâ€™ve experienced to this point. â€œTheyâ€™re a showcase of everything that weâ€™ve got going on,â€ says Niall. â€œWeâ€™ve really got the bit between our teeth here. Weâ€™re always trying to be original and do something different. Thatâ€™s the hip hop side of us; because in that culture, if you werenâ€™t being original, if you were biting other peopleâ€™s ideas, youâ€™d be out of a job.â€
Through their six singles and a string of monstrous remixes for the likes of Skream, BeyoncÃ©, Aloe Blacc, Big Boi, Florence & The Machine and La Roux they have formed a relationship with an increasingly hungry audience.
â€œWeâ€™re in a world of our own,â€ Ben says. â€œWeâ€™ve always made music thatâ€™s quite forward-thinking and different. So much so that, sometimes, weâ€™re not sure whether anyone else is even into it. Thereâ€™s a bit of fortune-telling going on in what we do, but we both have patience, we never release anything until we know itâ€™s absolutely right.â€
For Niall and Ben the joy in music is in the idea and its execution. Theyâ€™re relentlessly moving forward and theyâ€™re intent on bringing us all with them.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing more satisfying than when weâ€™ve done something that we think might go over everyoneâ€™s heads and six months later everyone loves it! It gives you more confidence in the weirdness of your ideasâ€¦â€
Itâ€™s that weirdness of ideas that has propelled Niall and Ben since they put out their first Jack Beats track in 2007. Theyâ€™re both multiple award winning DJs; in a previous life Niall was DJ Plus One from Scratch Perverts while Ben was a founder member of The Mixologists. Serious turntablists, the pair inhabited a world where endless hours were spent practising scratch routines.
â€œBut we would mainly talk about music, get drunk and go to clubs,â€ admits Ben. â€œItâ€™s such a nerdy boysâ€™ thing, it becomes your whole world.â€