Sunday Spotlight: Jabun & Better Than The Book

Jabun Sir PigeonHello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Nick Standing (AKA Jabun). Home town of Burgess Hill in Sussex (UK), but currently living in Margate.

Tell us a bit about the music you make.

I have 2 main musical personas: “Jabun” which works on both chill electronic music, and epic cinematic fusion, and “Better Than The Book” a ska/skate-punk pseudo band making heartfelt, nostalgic and often mental-health related anthems!

When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I’ve been playing piano since age 6 (and cello since age 7), but I really started making my own music after picking up guitar in my early teen years when I formed my first band with good friends. Music was both a social thing and a rewarding personal thing for me growing up, so in a way, I started really making music just to have a great time with my friends.

I started recording when I was about 15, then as school and university got more busy, I made less of my own music and focused more on playing and covers with a little bit of recording/experimenting/studying whenever I could. In 2012 after graduating, I started writing and recording music again under the personas Jabun and Better Than The Book. Both projects (as well as many collaborations) have since weaved me into the musician, composer and engineer I am today.

Stage or studio?

At the moment, purely studio, though I’ve had my time on stage in the past and there may indeed be a time where I will return.

Better than the BookWhat gear do you use to make your tunes?

Electronics + synths: Ableton Live + software instruments and sample, Yamaha Reface CP, AKAI MPC 1000, Korg Electribe EM-1/ESX & Volca Keys, Moog Werkstatt-01, M-Audio Trigger Finger, KRK Monitors, Logitech speakers, Shure microphones.

Amps and effects: Marshall amps, Ashdown Bass Amps, Behringer, Boss & Jim Dunlop pedals (and a Morley Volume pedal) + a load of homemade stomp boxes.

Instruments: Yamaha Pacifica guitars, Seymour Duncan Pickups, a home-made double-neck, Squier VM Jazz Bass, Sterling SB14 Bass, Yamaha acoustic guitars, cello, piano, balalaika (and anything I can get my hands on…)

Other: Starbucks coffee, PG Tips tea, and a few pairs of lucky socks!

And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

Yamaha Pacific 112: My first electric guitar and the one which kicked me off into writing my own music. Slim neck, speedy, great tonal variation, withstands my craziness yet keeps its tune, sounds great, feels great. So good I have 2 of them (one stock and one modded)!

Where can we check out your tunes?

You can find both Jabun and Better Than The Book on SoundCloud and Bandcamp and also on the JabunAudio website (You can find the usual social media links from there if you’d like to keep updated with the projects).

http://jabunaudio.weebly.com/

https://soundcloud.com/jabun

https://soundcloud.com/bttb_uk

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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