CRYPTOS + COPS part 1
AN EVENING WITH JAKE MALONEY FROM JAMESTOWN THIEVES
By: BEN THOMAS
Juxtaposed to most nights, and most shows that are illuminated with the same lights, and although some are artificial, and others are hanging fluorescent in the night sky; tonight feels like the birth of a movement anew.
I walk past Jameston Thieves seven times. Seven times and my minds eye is foggy like Janis Joplin tripping or rather flipping, through a hall, somewhere on Haight Ashbury, eternally on a roll, forever in the moment. Drinking a Molly Water. Enjoying the Romanesque holiday that is being hosted. Enter LAMBCHOPS voice, “Are you ready to interview Jake Maloney?” His suit cuts a sharp black silhouette into the window which lays behind him, and in front of a large crowd of suits and heels and faces, dancing in front of the main stage. LAMBCHOP stands illuminated by the brightness pulsating from inside the mansion. I nod my head yes, however truthfully, I am in a bit of a daze, and LAMBCHOP had interrupted the confusing scenes playing in my head, which were the confusing scenes occurring moments before in the kitchen as a girl who works at C.A.S.A, and another girl, and I were smelling mandarin oranges, and eventually attempting to clean up mandarin nectar which was, all of a sudden, over every square inch surface of the island’s countertop. We kept wiping, and, the nectar just soaked into everything and continued to spread. Regardless, interrupt that thought and zoom past the twenty-four hour party people celebrating a year of shows and anticipating massive things on the horizon. Follow me as I follow LAMBCHOP past the crowd dancing in front of Chris Tianos’ set. Follow us over the red carpet, and behind a white banner bearing a company's brand in repeat pattern across its surface area. Now we are in the Green Room, a bedroom tucked away in a dark corner of the mansion. THE FOUNDERS stand around the auteur of Jamestown Thieves, Jake Maloney, as he plays the role of orator, “There I was, another Friday like the rest, headed out to district 8; or was it 9? No that was just the movie, there we were, headed out to watch District 8, with friends, and we decided to take some party supplies with us. I had some undisclosed, disc like objects that may, or may not reallocate brain chemistry. But I had i lock shoes which were very hot at the time for the stash pocket in the tongue, I put my undisclosed discs in my i lock shoes. Cut too: ten minutes later, we are smoking a jay walking into district 8 and a gold chevy impala hits the brakes and lights up its lights, and we realize it is an undercover cop, who knows we were smoking a jay, so I throw the jay over the fence, and they still sort of knew, and the cops search with flashlights and find the contraband. My one friend had his discs in some sort of jell pen. They found those. He got in a lot more trouble than I did for the jay that I had; probation for eight months and tasc, drug testing things too. So it was a horrible night. I got arrested at district 8.” His story is interrupted by a stage prep call. Everyone follows Jameston Thieves out to the main room, past the foyer. I walk up the stairs and watch from the balcony and eventually the roof. Our Q n A resumes as we stand on the balcony tucked around the corner of the upper deck. Elwers’ house set resonates bass around the property.
BV: I know it's off topic, Cryptocurrencies, what’s your take?
JM: I have ripple, bitcoin, mostly bitcoin. I bought bitcoin, my first bitcoin I ever bought was when they were $100. I was living in San Francisco, and I realized its importance as an investment opportunity.
At this point security personnel interrupts our Q n A
SP:“You guys doing good over here?”
BV: “Yes, this is an interview with Jake Maloney.”
SP:“Why are you guys over here?”
BV: “Trying to record away from the crowd noise.”
JM: “But also, do you know Jason Seagal?
SP: “Jason whose apart of running things tonight?”
JM: “No, no, no, no, no, no, you wouldn’t know him.”
SP: “Uh, oh, no. Ok, be safe.”
JM: “Anyways, Cryptos; ummm, I got rid of my ripple two days ago. Because of the mighty scare. I don’t panic trade but at the time it seemed like a lot was going down. I got it at 97 cents and sold it at a dollar seventy, so with the amount I had in there, it was a solid gain. I could have bought quite a bit of bitcoin. I love cryptos mostly because I’m not super into centralized banks. I feel like a demise of that philosophy may be chaotic but also good for the future so there’s not only a few people in charge of all of the worlds wealth and thats mostly why I’m behind it. I’m less about the profit gain and more about the ethos of crypto.
BV: Potcoin is an underdog champion rumored to moonshot by the end of 2018, any thoughts?
JM: Potcoin, yes looks like Potcoin will internationally help dispensaries with their cash heavy related issues. It’s like juxtaposed to the current need, it looks promising, however will it fade off when banks give in and accept this industry as a normal industry; that I don't know.
BV: All of these cryptos seem to me, like beta tests, for a future all encompassing world unified crypto.
JM: One hundred percent.
BV: So of course one should expect some level of manipulation, which tends to be mislabeled as ‘ponzi’ scheme. One just has to ride the feeling and the trend as the crypto markets evolve.
JM:Yeah, and theres scares along with that too, which for me include, the new world order. Because if there really is a new world order, how about getting everyone to buy everything with one currency on the internet. Thats really a little bit of unspoken territory in the crypto realm that we don’t really like to bring up.
BV: So of course I’m well versed in your history however I want to know how Jameston Thieves is catoragized according to Jake Maloney. And the history.
JM: Well way back it was originally an experiment with friends in high school, which became more or less me making most of the music, and evolved into where I was going to carry the project on. At that time we were literally nothing, and we could have all went called by our own alias’ but there was some stuff I was proud of and which was finished and so I started sending it to people that i met through Facebook, and bloggers, Yuki, Gesture, other people back in the day when we had no followers. I learned a lot about groove and swing, and things that jiv in the 110 range, and different that the house structure, and i still wouldn’t say I’m a house music producer, like go talk to anyone at Dirtybird and they’ll say I don’t know anything about what they do with house music.
BV: But thats’ DB House and the DirtyBird players do throw down a very distinct very lovely style.
JM: And I agree, I love Dirtybird, I’m not throwing shade what so ever.
BV: So do you classify as a derivative of house?
JM: I derive through expression, meaning I make what feels right that day.
BV: How is the production process typically for you?
JM: I’ll go through phases. Sometimes weeks with nothing, and sometimes I’ll make albums over a few days. It’s all about fighting the resistance, and trying to stay creative and focused.
BV:Do you ever listen to Alan Watts?
JM: Dood! I have over 40 hours of Alan Watts on my phone.
BV: Best way to stay creative and focused, I even play his speeches as I sleep to soak it in subconsciously.
JM: He’s a fucking genius and we need more people like that alive now.
At this point Jake and I have wandered to the bar, I grab a beer, we ca not talk because ELWER is spinning SHE LIKES IT DEEPesque vibrations around the mansion and the balcony and over the pool changing from blue to red to green.
JM: Do you want to step out front and finish out there?
I nod and follow him through the door. Security personnel ask us why we have to leave, we just kind of shrug. They roll their eyes. One of the dudes, is the same dood from earlier.
The mansion sits quietly amongst a sea of desert and ELWERS house set vibrates throughout the neighborhood.
CRYPTOS + COPS PART 2 TBA