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Shook has been familiar face around these parts for a couple of years, during this time he’s released countless remixes, two really well received EPs, and has taken his live show across the world.

Well, today the Dutch funk producer has finally announced that his long-awaited debut album is finally ready for a release, and to celebrate Jasper has just uploaded the last single to be released before the album’s expected Spring release.

Not much is known about the album, not even by people who work with the enigmatic artist. “He’s being really mysterious about it,” declares his manager Billy.

“Strategically, it’s not the best idea to release it so suddenly, I told him that. He doesn’t care about any of that. The only thing he cares about is that he’s building the musical culmination of everything he has gone through in recent years, and wants to share it with you guys as soon as he’s finished.”

‘Tonight’ is classic Shook; neon funk riffs, chatty percussion and a vocoded vocal that gives the track an added depth and groove. We managed to grab 10 minutes with Jasper for our Introducing interview series, and while this interview was planned for next week – we thought it would be best served if we published it today alongside the new single.

HBF: In five words describe Shook?

Super laser funk powered superhero

HBF: You’ve always had amazing artwork for your previous releases; do you think artwork is really important, even more so nowadays in the digital era?

Definitely. I think it’s really important to have a visual identity. For me visual art is really important and I want it to be in harmony with the music that I create. The music will always be the more dominant factor, but artwork is a way to enhance the way we experience it. I remember back in the day, when I would hear a song on the radio, I’d close my eyes and imagine images accompanying the sound. In this digital era, and the possibilities that come with it, I have the possibility to create a visual and musical universe to enhance the experience.

HBF: You mentioned you’re working on your debut album – is there any news on that?

My new single: “Tonight” is the final single release before the album comes out. I’m currently very busy with finalising it, and will release it as soon as everything is to my liking. Can’t wait for everybody to hear it.

HBF: You had some of your previous releases supported by the likes of Kavinsky and Breakbot – are they a big inspiration to you?

They’re definitely artists that I have admired from day one.

HBF: More recently you’ve shied away from the harder electro sound of your earlier EPs, are you planning to revisit that sound?

I don’t plan anything in sound. I just create what feels good at the moment. The creation of music is always evolving for me, so whenever I do something a certain way it can be totally different the next time I produce a song. For example for my upcoming album I already finished all the tracks. Looking back, in the creation process, they all were produced quite naturally. I didn’t want to start creating the album with the idea that it’s going to be all “bangers” or anything like this. For me it’s important that every track has its own identity.

HBF: If your studio was on fire and you could go in a save one thing, what would it be and why?

There is no way my studio can catch fire, as it is surrounded by an invisible force field. So it is 99% protected from any danger from the outside world. But if something happened, then I would try and save my Fender Rhodes. But I probably wouldn’t make it out alive because it’s heavy as a tank.

HBF: Tell us a secret about yourself that no one knows?

I really like French cheese.

HBF: If you weren’t making music – what do think you’d be doing instead?

I’d probably be an astronaut cyborg discovering new life on far away planets. I would also be equipped with custom made laser guns and have an armoured suit.

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Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.