DJ and producer Ashley Jones spent a decade on the international club circuit with the drum & bass group Evol Intent. He recently launched as a solo act under the name Treasure Fingers, employing nimble remixes and originals that stress punchy synth hooks and mobile basslines. The Atlanta/Brooklyn-based artist is best known for "Cross the Dancefloor," a vocoder-driven track that became a club anthem and spawned dozens of remixes.
"I got a new worst gig -- I used to have another one -- but I've got a new one as of this past January (2011). I was in Australia, and it was billed as a beach party. It was on Australia Day, which is kind of like their Fourth of July. So I show up, and it's in a warehouse, inside, like 3 or 4 p.m., there's no beach in sight -- (not) even outside. It would be the equivalent of like if someone decided to throw a party in a club in the afternoon on Fourth of July when everyone was off and having parties at the beach or whatever. It's pretty sparse, and the room that I was on, the guys actually before me decided to stop.
"They're like, 'We're done with this.'
"They left. So there’s no music playing in there. So they come and grab me to go start playing. I walk in there, and the guys had switched the flatscreen (TV) on the walls ... to show a cricket game. There are like three or four or five guys just sitting in the middle of the dance floor watching this flatscreen cricket game.
"The promoter is like, 'You've got to go on. You've got to bring this back to life.'
"I was like, 'This is gonna be impossible.'
"I literally just turned it on and put on a CD really quiet, apologized to the cricket fans and let the CD play for an hour, looping over and over."
— Treasure Fingers