Santa Cruz college student G Jones brings his bass-heavy set of trill-trap and dubsteppy techno to an impressive bill Friday, opening the SnowGlobe Pre-Party at 1015 Folsom headlined by Amon Tobin, Machinedrum and Just Blaze.
“It’s f***ing sick man. I’m really stoked. It’s been a super-epic year, and getting to play with Amon Tobin is pretty insane. I’m really excited,” Jones, 21, says. “I think it’s going to be a great party. I’ve had a lot of fun playing at 1015 Folsom in the past. And I’m really stoked to see Amon Tobin live, I’ve never seen him play at all.”
South Bay native Greg Jones, who has been making beats on his computer for eight years, released four EPs under the G Jones moniker, including the August release “Eyes” on the Robox Neotech label.
Jones’ date in The City kicks off a round of winter touring that takes the UC Santa Cruz arts major to Washington and Colorado. “It’s been awesome. This year has been really great. I’ve been getting to travel a lot more and been getting to play music in a ton of new places I’ve never played before, so it’s really exciting,” he says.
Jones uses a MIDI controller and the software Ableton to mix up one-of-a-kind nightly sets based on stems from his “Eyes” EP and other material.
“I’m really into, like, a lot of different tempos and styles. My set will kind of jump around in terms of what BPM it’s at. [My setup] makes it really easy for me to do really dramatic tempo changes.”
Back in school, Jones, a senior, uses his electronic music productions as coursework: “A lot of the teachers are big hippies, so I’ve really gotten a ton of extra credit for the art major by making a ton of electronic music and framing it as ‘intermedia.’”
Jones knows how to work the off-campus business as well. He released “Eyes” (and other music) for free because he makes his money on shows.
He says, “I’m definitely about putting out music for free in general. I really like to. And I find for most of the musicians I know, most of the money comes from shows. People make as much on one show as they do in one release period.”
IF YOU GO
Opening SnowGlobe Pre-Party with Amon Tobin, Machinedrum and Just Blaze
Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.
When: 10 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $20 to $30
Contact: (415) 431-1200, www.1015.com
Motown Happy Hour: “Motown on Mondays” presents a Friday happy hour at Harlot in downtown San Francisco. Host DJs The Captain Hat, Phleck and Gordo Cabeza bridge the gap between timeless classics and new, instant ones. Free drink pass phrase: “I love Mom.” 5 p.m., free. 46 Minna St., S.F., (415) 777-1077, www.harlotsf.com
Monarch Two-Year Anniversary Party: Danny Daze, Sleight of Hands, Shiny Objects and Dust Red Skies headline the bill at the downtown club’s two-year birthday bash. 9 p.m., $10-20. 101 Sixth St., S.F., (415) 284-9774, www.monarchsf.com
Dusty Rhino Thanksgiving: Attention all orphaned burners, the third annual “Dusty Rhino Thanksgifting” features Deekline with DJ Icon, DJ Brad, Syd Gris and more. 9 p.m., $15-$20. Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F., (415) 779-5767, www.publicsf.comartseyesG JonesGreg JonesPop Music & Jazz