Jeff Only talks about Subforce, sub-genres and going from “computer-dumb” to computer-wiz.
Ah, the ups and downs or being “underground.” Austin’s techno scene is sometimes so typically off the radar that it seems non-existent. Following the closure of the Burleson Warehouse, the few techno promoters doing anything techno asked for their parties to NOT be publicized, NOT be blogged about, promoted or hyped. In a return to the clandestine party planning of the old days, locations for techno parties in this city are being disclosed just a day before scheduled parties, often to be visited by police anyway.
But techno is alive, and Austin has the producers here to prove it. Jeff A. Ferguson, known as Jeff Only, will play a live set as Subforce with long-time friend and new production partner Rex Bruton, or Steel Grooves, at Austin’s Official Movement Warm-Up Event during SXSW on March 20th. Describing his style as “funky techno,” Jeff has only been releasing music for a few years on labels like Guilhotina, Glowstam and Valvula, but has more in the works from his solo and collaboration project. In an e-interview he let us in on his longer involvement in techno as a raver, what it’s like to work with his idol Mike Humphries, and what we can expect from Subforce.
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You’ve only been releasing music for the past two years. How and when did you get into production?
I started almost four years ago. It’s crazy and don’t laugh, but I honestly was computer-dumb. Completely. Didn’t even know how to turn one on. I just got really tired of feeling scared to do it because R.J. had already gotten pretty far in it and was already doing sound school. Then one day I woke up and said “I’m buying a laptop and I’m learning audio production.” It was a lot of trial and error. A lot of PC troubles as well, so I went full throttle to learning all and just about everything about both at the same time. I went from computer illiterate to building audio machines and providing tech services to those in need in just about every way possible. I dedicated all my time to learning. Books, videos, forums -you name it, I was involved. I’ve been a musician most of my life and ideas for sound have always come to me naturally, so once I got the hang of things with the software it was all down hill from there. Granted, I am still very young in all this and have so much to learn. I learn so much everyday . It just blows me away the things I obtain from others around the world doing the same thing.
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