They say everything he touches turns to gold...and when it comes to house music, Ashley Scott Jones - aka Treasure Fingers - most definitely has the midas touch. With his signature feel-good funk-inspired sound he’s captured the house hearts of the likes of Eric Prydz, Roy Davis Jr, Miike Snow and many more, and brought the party to dancefloors worldwide alongside A-Trak, Chromeo, Laidback Luke, Felix da Housecat, Benny Benassi - to name just a few.
So we were delighted when he agreed to mix the New York edition of Hed Kandi World Series USA - a tribute to the city he calls home when he’s not jet-setting across the globe - and caught up with him for an exclusive interview all about New York’s music scene, his hangouts, who to listen to and what makes a top night out in the city that never sleeps...
What do you like so much about New York?
The diversity of everything, from food to people to the arts. Everything just seems so accessible there, whatever you are into, you'll be able to find it and other like-minded people in NYC.
What are your earlier memories of you immersing yourself in New York’s music scene?
I didn't move there until 2007 or 2008, but the memory that stands out the most is finding a studio space and then knowing several other people in the building already, & later finding out those friends and other artists I knew were all within a block surrounding me – a huge but small community at the same time.
What’s the best club in New York?
I've always liked the basement at Santos Party House. The drinks are way too expensive, but the low-key lighting and sound is really great in there. It's a good vibe all around.
Tell us a bit about New York’s music scene?
It's endless. There's some sort of scene for every type of genre, sub-genre and sub-sub-genre in New York. You could go from a Dutch jump-style afterhours rave to a black metal basement party to a kindergarten piano recital probably within a few blocks of each other if you wanted.
Where do you hang out when in New York?
Brooklyn or Lower East Side usually. Most of the main big house clubs are midtown or Chelsea, the clubs are nice, but I don't typically hang out day to day in those neighbourhoods.
How much has New York influenced your music?
I really can't pinpoint. It's sort of a magical energy, the entire environment around you. I might get inspired hearing a guy playing pan flute in the L train station, or just walking around in the city. Also, being around so many other creative people really pushes you to keep going and trying new things.
I'll say traditionally I've been more inspired from old Chicago house rather than New York house, but my direct influence comes from hearing what my friends are doing & keeping up with new trends in music and trying to merge everything I like into something that works.
Can you tell us about any New York based producers we should be looking out for?
Free Magic & Jkriv are putting out some really nice stuff and also involved with one of the best NYC parties going right now, Discovery.
Talk us through a great night out, starting at a bar and ending at a club.
I'd start at the Turkey's Nest in Williamsburg. It's a shitty dive bar and they serve their drinks in Styrofoam cups, but I've never had a bad night there. From there I'd go to Maison Premiere, which is the opposite of dive bar. It's a drinker’s paradise if you are into well made cocktails. From there, hop on the L into the city & hit Le Bain, the rooftop bar on top of the Standard.
From here enough alcohol has probably been consumed that the rest of the night could take you anywhere. There's usually Pacha for super late night fun, or you could ask around to find a loft or warehouse afterhours somewhere.
If you had one bit of advice on New York that you could give to a visitor, what would it be?
Put the map away and just do some free exploring. Most people try to over plan their trip and miss out on seeing the real NYC.
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