USED - J.K.O - Adding an extra bit of oomph to your tracks with vocals

In our blog series "USED" we are featuring established as well as upcoming artists and producers, who are using our vocal samples. In today's post we talk to Jason Osborne - an electronic music producer from Nottingham, UK. He has been producing hardcore, hard trance and hardstyle songs for around 6 years now and using different artist names for each genre. One of his latest tracks - "Walkin In A Club" is using a vocal from one of our free vocal sample packs and has been recently released by Let It Out Records. You can get it on Beatport:

Producer: J.K.O (Nottingham, UK)

Other: J.K.O (Hardcore) / STRIX (Hard Trance) / Asgardian (Hardstyle)

Producing For: About 6 years

DAW: Cubase

Describe your music genre in your own words:

"Hard trance & hardstyle is normally around 150bpm. Hardcore is normally around 170bpm. Fast & uplifting"

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Did you have a single life event that got you into music production or did it happen gradually? Tell us more about how you started making music.

I've always been into dance music from an early age, then when I was old enough (or looked old enough) I went to huge events like Gatecrasher at the N.E.C & still to this day the best dj I ever saw was 'Scot Project'. I then started DJing & playing at bigger & bigger events & getting residencies at hard dance nights & hardcore nights. (Please see my SoundCloud page to see where I've played). I then moved onto production & here I am today :o)

Do you think growing up in your location helped shape your music style in any way? Tell us more about the local scene, your early influences and what kind of music do you like to listen to yourself.

As I said I've always been into dance music from an early age whilst everyone around me was into pop or chart music. I'm an individual & don't really like going along with the flow, so I took my own path. My location didn't influenced me in any way

How often do you find time to produce music and do you consider music the dream path of your life? Do you mix and master all your songs yourself?

I always get a good 3-4 hours a day in to produce music because it's what makes me happy & I'm in my own world.

Ideally I'd love to make it my sole profession, but until that happens, I need to keep working to bring in the green. I do mix & master everything myself now

Can you name your top 3 plugins for editing audio you use the most?

I tend to use 'Izotope'  for a lot of stuff like eq's & reverb & mastering etc cuz the whole package is easy to use. There are also some built-in plugins in Cubase like delay & good filter controls

If you could give a single piece of advice for music production to your younger self what that would be? (Or what do you consider as one of the most important lessons you have learned about making music since you have started?)

Go straight from school to college then uni & learn music production!!! Because I went & did other things & had to learn music production as a side thing whilst I was already learning other major things & working

How often do you use vocal samples in your tracks and what kind of vocals do you usually search for and enjoy using?

I try & use vocal samples in most of my productions because it gives it that extra bit of oomph.

Spoken word or phrases are good for drops but I'd say some of the best sample packs are from trance because they're more euphoric

Do you have a specific process for editing vocals in particular, or plug-ins you always use for that purpose?

I always use the eq & reverb in my Izotope because it's easy to use. VariAudio in Cubase is a good tool as well because it lets you move the vocal parts around & in key

How did you process the vocal sample in your “Walkin In A Club” track that’s part of our free vocal sample pack?



I arranged it & stretched it so it fitted in with the track I was making. Then I eq'd & put some reverb on it so it stood out & flowed with the track

What did you like about working with our vocal samples?

They're easy to use once you figure out what the keys are & what'll work in the genre you're making

Do you see yourself as a music artist touring and playing your music live, or rather staying in the studio and producing music for other people?

Honestly I'd like to do both

Do you have any upcoming releases in the plans? Have you considered releasing an EP or even an album? Tell us more on what’s next for you.

I've already had a lot of EP's come out in the hardcore genre & hopefully that'll continue. Hopefully my hard trance productions'll follow the same path.

I've got loads of tracks forthcoming on various labels & in various genres, so keep your eyes peeled on the links I gave you above :)


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