Tanktop Jimmy is not the fat kid you see above. He’s a young producer who just started dabbling in electronic music, a wide variety of it. In his debut EP titled Don’t Fuck With The Fat Kid (one of the best EP titles ever, more on that from him below), he moves from dark downtempo to sped up drum ‘n’ bass, then to electro-hip-hop; from progressive psy into dubstep, and then to what I can only define as breaky carnatic-step, all within its four track and 15-and-a-half-minute runtime. The variety of styles on offer might make not make for “easy-listening”, but for heads who want and need diversity, this is your jam. Check out what Tanktop Jimmy had to say about how he started out and the ideas behind his music, and then, sign in to download the EP.
Well, I have no background in music; I learned guitar for about a month. I’ve been listening to a lot of music since the last year and getting into the whole production aspect of it. These are my experiments with sounds using Ableton and stuff and the EP is the result of that. The reason there are so many styles on the album is because while I was working to make this music, I was listening to a lot of different prouction techniques. For instance, the last song (the Carnatic-step one), was conceived when I was listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails. I wanted to replicate that distorted snare sound that Trent Reznor gets. About the album title, I watched this indie movie called Fat Kids Rules The World about a suicidal, obese kid (pictured above) who takes to punk drumming as a means to save himself. The name’s from a part of the movie where he yells out, “Don’t fuck with the fat kid!” That’s the basic concept.