Bass Music Mavericks: Quackson’s Rise from Meme to Bass Prodigy

Written by Eric B. Thornton | Edited by Bernadette

A while back, Frank151 had the opportunity to delve into the Bass Music genre with EDDIE. This time, teaming up with EDDIE, a DJ known as Quackson has just unleashed their latest track, “Caffeine Induced Psychosis“. 

 

Emerging from the depths of the Emerald City, Seattle, Washington, Jackson Wells, better known as “Quackson,” stands as another luminary in the realm of Bass Music. 

Since his emergence in 2018, Quackson has been forging a path of disruptive bass lines that command attention. Drawing nods from industry heavyweights like NGHTMRE, Slander, and LSDream, he swiftly climbed the ranks as one of the genre’s foremost figures. 

 

Quackson’s sound is a captivating fusion of dark, atmospheric melodies and pulse-pounding bass, offering listeners an otherworldly journey into the depths of the bass music genre. Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as EDDIE and REZZ, he taps into the darker recesses of electronic music, infusing genres from Hip hop to Rap. 

 

The new track with EDDIE, “Caffeine Induced Psychosis,” serves as a testament to their shared commitment to pushing the boundaries of bass music, melding hypnotic melodies with relentless and powerful basslines that is both exhilarating and unpredictable.

 

Bass Music has emerged as a dominant force in dance music, drawing inspiration from a rich tapestry of musical influences. Originating from the underground scenes of Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and UK garage, Bass Music has undergone a remarkable evolution over the years, incorporating elements of hip-hop, trap, and experimental sound design. Today, it continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its infectious rhythms, deep basslines, and innovative production techniques. 

 

As Quackson continues to make waves in the electronic music scene, his trajectory shows no signs of slowing down. With his gaze fixed firmly on the future, Quackson is poised to become a driving force in the evolution of electronic music, leaving an indelible mark on the genre for years to come.

 

Check our interview: 

 

FRANK151 has a signature question for artists: If you were curating a music festival, which three artists, dead or alive, would you select for the lineup?

 

Quackson: Such a tough question honestly, picking three is brutal. My gut instinct says: 

Mac Miller, G Jones, REZZ

 

Let’s start with the basics: How did the name “Quackson” come about, and what inspired you to delve into the world of dance music?

 

Quackson: The Quackson origin story is funny. Quackson is a nickname from high school, my friends photoshopped an old photo of me on a duck, and then made that the cursor of a website they made to play games on the school internet to get past their website blockers. So TLDR, I was a meme, and I turned that meme into my music alias because I thought it was funny and ducks are cool.

I got into dance music when I was 13 or 14, listening to dubstep or drum and bass while skateboarding or playing video games. Went to shows / festivals from like 16 to 21, then decided I wanted to make music after getting inspired from REZZ’s 2016 Shambhala set. 

 

Reflecting on your recent collaboration with EDDIE on the track “Caffeine Induced Psychosis,” how would you define Bass Music for those who may not be familiar with the genre? We asked EDDIE the same question, and I’m curious to hear your take. 

 

Quackson: Oh god, I would probably say something along the lines of high energy, driving, and intense electronic music with really big noises and soundscapes. I think that sums it up without getting too deep in the meta of any particular subgenre of bass music.

My favorite way I’ve heard bass music explained by someone not in the culture is from my mom who calls it factory exploding noises with a sick beat lol.

 

“Caffeine Induced Psychosis” is undeniably a banger, showcasing a shared musical style between you and EDDIE. Can you shed some light on how this collaboration came about? Did one of you bring the initial idea to the table, or was it a collaborative effort from the start?

 

Quackson: EDDIE and I met at the end of 2022 at REZZ’s Nightmare on REZZ Street release party in LA, realized we had both been fans of each other for a while and chatted about working on something. I sent the initial idea, but the only thing that stayed in the final version was the second drop idea and some of the melodic elements. You can actually hear the OG demo in this older Ophelia Mix at 10:30-13:00

 

We went back and forth on so many versions from the end of 2022 till summer 2023 when it got finished. It was a fun collab because we both knew it had to be massive and didn’t stop tweaking it till it was. 

 

Developing a unique sound is crucial for any artist to stand out. How would you describe your signature sound in comparison to fellow Bass Music artists like EDDIE and REZZ? What sets your sound apart from theirs?

 

Quackson: EDDIE and REZZ are artists I look up to, and people I’m happy to consider friends. What I think sets my sound apart from theirs is more controlled chaos that stems from my own inspirations and taste. My music leans a little bit more toward hip hop / rap, cinematic or video game influenced soundscape and my sound design pulls more from different genres of bass music than theirs. With REZZ’s music, you can kinda instantly tell it’s her from the melodies a lot of the time, but my music I think it’s a little bit more subtle.

I’ve thought about this idea of having “your own sound” a lot, and what it means to me is an amalgamation of my inspirations and unique ways of combining them. I really like to lean into that, and not box myself out too much creatively. 

 

When it comes to crafting Bass Music, what’s the creative process like? It seems like a complex process. Do you typically begin with a melody, a bassline, or do you prefer to experiment with different sounds until inspiration strikes? 

 

Quackson: The complexity and nonlinear nature of bass music is most of the fun honestly. Because of both of those aspects, my creative process is really all over the board – I don’t use any project templates or have any regimented thing I purposefully do every project. I mostly just mess around with sounds I’ve made and try to find fun combinations, unique flows, or cool riffs and then when it clicks I fill in the gaps and write a song. Sometimes I’ll find a cool melodic sample, then transpose the melody into other sounds, mess with it and build songs that way. I like not setting a lot of rules for myself and just running with what sounds cool at the time.

Are there any non-dance music artists you’re itching to collaborate with? If there are, how do you see such a collaboration playing out?

 

Quackson: Outside of dance music, I listen to a lot of hip hop and rap, some pop and alternative. I’ve got 2 dream collabs: Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. Both artists I would want to make songs that are more industrial or hip hop leaning and make something simple that bangs to let their vocals shine. For Billie think “Bury a Friend” and for Kendrick think “Backseat Freestyle

Finally, looking ahead to the rest of 2024, what exciting projects or collaborations can your fans anticipate from you?

 

Quackson: I just wrapped up a track with 1788-L that’s so damn sick that we’re excited to put out, same with KTRL. Both of those collabs are bangers. Besides that, I’ve got 2 EPs I’m workshopping and sending out to labels right now that I’m hyped on and I’m always writing new stuff. 

 

Lots to look forward to this year, I’m in a good zone right now creatively and writing with a bit of a chip on my shoulder wanting to showcase a new side of my sound that’s heavier and more focused. 

 

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