Jimmy Edgar

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Jimmy Edgar
Jimmy Edgar at Bang Face Weekender 2010 (4579409589) (2).jpg
Edgar at Bang Face Weekender 2010
Background information
Born 1983
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Techno/electronica, funktronica, glitch
Occupation(s) Producer, photographer, DJ
Instruments Drums, keyboard, bass
Years active 2002–present
Labels Ultramajic, Warp Records, K7 Records, Hotflush Recordings
Associated acts Black Affair, Machinedrum, Pilar Zeta, Emika
Website www.jimmyedgar.com

Jimmy Edgar is a Detroit-based electronic musician, graphic designer, fashion photographer, and filmmaker. In his early years he was influenced by funk, street beat and R&B,[1] and he has since released multiple albums as a solo artist or collaborator. As of 2014 he is signed to Ultramajic Records, which he co-founded and operates.[2] He has also showcased his fashion photography at a number of international exhibitions.

Early life[edit]

Jimmy Edgar was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1983.[3] Edgar's interest in music propelled him at a young age to learn multiple instruments, including string instruments, saxophone, and mostly percussion/drum set.[4] Learning to experiment with electronic music by age ten,[5] by the time he was 15, he started performing at Detroit raves.[6][7] As a teenager he also began playing the drums in experimental bands and making tape recordings.[5] Most of these recordings, consisting mainly of pitch bent tape loops, tape splicing, field recordings, and noise tracks, were the beginning of his experimentation with the technical aspects of production.[1]

Music career[edit]

1998-03: My Mines I and %20[edit]

In 1998,[8] Edgar began digitally producing conceptual music under the name Michaux. However, several years would pass before his official release under the name.[8] In early 1999 Edgar signed his first record deal with NYC based Isophlux Records, following a release of a techno track called "We Like You" on the German label Poker Flat,[5] under his real name.[7] Miami-based Merck Records then signed him and released his first full-length album My Mines I by the "dual alter ego" kristuit salu vs. morris nightingale. After the release of My Mines I in February 2002,[3] Edgar started touring, performing New York City, at the Miami Infiltrate, Vancouver and several cities in Japan. On tour he incorporated visuals such as synchronized projections. He also performed at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2003, his debut as a Warp Records artist.[5]

Edgar's only release as Michaux came in August 2003[9] on the label Audio.NL.[8] The album is named %20, URL code for the space character, and explores the concept of silence as well as sounds outputted by computer viruses.[3] According to Audio.NL, sections of the album are so "extreme in frequency" that vinyl wasn't feasible, and it became the label's only CD release at the time.[3] The Michaux project was considered by music critics to be an early example of the genre glitch or Microsound.[10]

2004-07: Warp releases, side projects[edit]

See also: Color Strip

His first release on Warp was a 4-track EP, titled Access Rhythm' in 2004. In 2005 he followed up a second 6-track EP Bounce Make Model,[8] and then his full-length album Color Strip in February 2006.[11] Pitchfork Media wrote in April 2006 that "By any measure Color Strip is a strong debut. There is no new ground being broken but that's not the point; Edgar comes across as a committed student, absorbing twenty-five years of electronic music and figuring out how to integrate and mold the history into something that sits comfortably in the now."[12]

In 2007, Edgar started several new projects as executive producer. One of them was X District, which started out as an accidental exchange of cryptic and symbolic writings between Edgar and Laura Clarke from Leeds. These conversations and typed words ended up as the Color Correction EP on Noir Push Recordings.[13] He mutually left Warp Records in 2008 due to creative differences shortly after his single "I Wanna Be Your STD" appeared on the label's top ten 20th anniversary box set WARP20.[14] In December 2008, Color Correction was re-released on Playhouse Records (Germany) with remixes by Edgar and LoSoul. Edgar then co-produced & engineered the Pleasure Pressure Point album released by Steve Mason of Scotland's The Beta Band, in 2008.[8] He also was involved with the media for the album's promotional campaign, producing and directing a music video, photography, and the album and single's artwork.[3]

2008-10: Her Bad Habit, XXX[edit]

External video
Emika - 'Hit Me' feat. Jimmy Edgar (Official Video) - Jan 2012 - Edgar handled the production of both audio and video[15]

2008 saw the debut release from Edgar's electrofunk project Her Bad Habit, on the Citinite label. The five-track EP contains more live instrumentation than his previous work and combines a variety of influences, from Chicago house to Minneapolis funk.[16] In 2009, he released FACT Mix 98 for FACT Magazine. It included solo material, as well as a collaborative track with several musicians such as machinedrum.[17]

Edgar's full-length solo album XXX, formerly called Deeper, came out June 2010 on K7 Records.[8] Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave XXX' 3.5/5 stars, writing that Edgar's increased use of analog equipment in the recording process "refines his smutty neo-electro." Kellman further asserted the production "has a way of slightly rounding off the sharp edges of the producer's sound, placing him closer to the modern funk likes of Dâm-Funk than glitch."[18] Around that time Edgar continued to tour internationally, notably in cities such as Tokyo, Zagreb, Istanbul, Athens, Tallinn, Moscow, Turin, London, and Berlin.[19]

In 2011 and 2012 he worked with artists such as Emika, who was also an expat living in Berlin at the time. Edgar is known for appearing in the music video for her 2012 track "Hit Me," also producing the track and creating the video for the Ninja Tune label in London.[15] FACT Magazine reviewed the collaboration positively, calling Edgar's musical contribution "all tactile basslines and 808 bombast," and that it draws from "the sparse, funky electro of his native Detroit."[15]

2012-14: Recent years, Ultramajic[edit]

Main article: Ultramajic Records
External video
Jimmy Edgar - Hot Inside' (Ultramajic Official Video) - Jun 2013
Jimmy Edgar - 'Who's Watching' (Ultramajic Official Video) - Oct 2014

Edgar is now known to be half of the anonymous Plus Device, an electro duo released on Hefty Records.[20] Edgar is now also known to be part of the anonymous Creepy Autograph[4] along with several other members including Nels Truesdell, Alice Wakefield, and Dutch Master. Creepy Autograph have seen releases including Erase in Mind EP, Sexy Body EP, and Murder Sex on vinyl, published under Valentines Connexion and distributed through Rush Hour (Netherlands).[8]

Edgar and Machinedrum released an E.P. in 2012 as the group Jets.[3] They also toured in support of the material, playing a number of major festivals. As of 2012 he continued to live and tour out of Berlin.[21]

Edgar founded the record label Ultramajic with artist Pilar Zeta and Travis Stewart (machinedrum) in 2013. His first EP on Ultramajic was Hot Inside. The lead single's music video was featured on THUMP in late 2013.[22] In late 2013 he continued to be based in Berlin,[22] though he soon began working out of Los Angeles as well.[22] In May 2014, he was brought in by BBC to create an Essential Mix, focusing on the theme of "Ultramajic doing Detroit radio circa 1993."[23] As of 2015 Ultramjic had released over a dozen albums in the electronic genre, with both Zeta and Edgar designing most album covers.[3]

Film and photography career[edit]

Sample of Edgar's work

Edgar is a professional fashion photographer,[24] and has seen his work in such publications as Spot Magazine, Urb Magazine, Blink Magazine and others. Edgar's fashion photography was featured on the cover of the 10th anniversary issue of H Magazine in Spain, which also published the entire story titled "Adaptable Color." The story also made the cover with accompanied interview in UK's Notion Magazine and a video interview for ELLE Belgium.[citation needed]

He has done photography work in Los Angeles and New York City, while exhibiting his work in Europe and Japan. Edgar shoots in a varying of different styles from new digital HDR technology, to medium format film inspired by early Prada, Fendi and Calvin Klein ads. He often test shoots select agency models.[citation needed] In addition to shooting fashion, Jimmy has also shot press photos for Hercules & Love Affair,[25] Kelley Polar,[26] Morgan Geist,[27] and Black Affair,[3] among others. In 2010 he began directing and producing fashion films for such designers as Japan's BLACKOPERATOR, and his own series with Liz Centolella.[28]

Style and influences[edit]

Musical influences

In his early years he was influenced by funk, street beat and R&B, also experimenting with pitch bent tape loops, tape splicing, field recordings, and noise tracks.[1] Wrote City Weekend about is sound, "Edgar has transformed the sounds and energies of old-school Detroit electro and techno with suped-up eroticism and funk influences."[10] He is also seen as an innovator in the genre of glitch.[10]

Visuals

Jimmy Edgar has dubbed himself an advocate of "sound couture" in interviews,[29] and he often designs his album covers himself. According to Allmusic, Edgar is a "postmodern polymath" whose music "is like the aural equivalent of those mid-'80s 'sexy robot' airbrushed pop art posters by Hajime Sorayama -- the sound of a sleek digital future when machines have the same erotic desires as human beings."[6]

Filmography[edit]

Selected film credits for Jimmy Edgar
Yr Film Type Notes, role
2006 "LB LB Detroit" Music video Directed by Christos Chrestatos (Jul 1, 2006)
2008 "Nothing is Better" Music video Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Aug 1, 2008)
2010 "She Lets Him" Short film Directed by Jimmy Edgar (May 2010)
"Black Operator" Fashion commercial Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Sep 2010)
2011 "Elpha" Fashion film Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Jan 2011)
"Kate" Fashion film Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Jan 2011)
"Bridget" Fashion film Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Jan 2011)
"Playing with Fire" Short film Directed by Jimmy Edgar (Oct 2011)
2012 "Hit Me" Music video for Emika Directed by Jimmy Edgar for Ninja Tune
2013 "Hot Inside" Music video Directed by Brez for Ultramajic (Jun 2013)
2014 "Who's Watchin'" Music video Directed by Jimmy Edgar for Ultramajic (Oct 2014)

Art exhibitions[edit]

Selected exhibition and artwork credits for Jimmy Edgar
Yr Exhibition Gallery/venue City and date
2006 Art exhibition Museum during Torino Winter Olympics Turin, Italy
2007 Photography exhibition Finite Gallery New York City
Live sound installation MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Florida
2008 Jimmy Edgar painting exhibition White Museum New York City
XXX Exhibition (Photography/Polaroid) New York City (May 2008)
2009 Jimmy Edgar painting exhibition 555 Gallery Detroit, Michigan (Aug 2009)
Jimmy Edgar Complete Works
(Painting on Canvas Series)
Vernor's Room Pontiac, Michigan (Nov 2009)
2010 Exhibition featuring Work No. 11 Installation Link Museum Bologna, Italy (Jan 21-24, 2010)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

EPs by Jimmy Edgar
Year Title Label/date/notes
2001 Seual Dual (as Kristuit Salu) Isophlux (Jan 8, 2008)
2004 Access Rhythm Warp (Jan 12, 2004)
Bounce, Make, Model Warp (Nov 8, 2004)
2006 Rhythmic Denial (1 track) Warp (Feb 20, 2006)
2007 Color Correction
(as X District with Laura Clarke)
Noir Push/Playhouse
2008 I Don't Know (What You're Doing To Me)
(as Her Bad Habit)
Citinite (Jul 2008)
Divine Edgar EP
(with Richard Devine)
Detroit Underground
2009 Funktion of Your Love E.P. Items and Things (Sep 2009)
2010 Tell It To The Heart No.19 Music (Jun 2010)
Hush EP Glass Table (Jun 2010)
Hot, Raw, Sex Remixes Studio !K7 (Jul 2010)
2011 New Touch Remixes Studio !K7 (Jan 2011)
2012 Sex Drive Remixes Hotflush (Oct 8, 2012)
This One's For The Children Hotflush
JETS
(as Jets with Machinedrum)
Leisure System (Oct 29, 2012)
2013 Hot Inside Ultramajic (Jun 10, 2013)
Mercurio Ultramajic (Dec 2, 2013)
2014 White Majic 001
(with Aden)
Ultramajic (Feb 24, 2014)
Saline Ultramajic (Oct 13, 2014)

Singles[edit]

Selected songs by Jimmy Edgar
Year Title Album Release details
1999 "I Like You" Single Poker Flat (GER)
2004 "Inner Citee Color Reprise" Single Warp
2006 "My Beats" Color Strip Warp (Feb 2006)
2007 "Nothing is Better" Single Music video (May 2007)/
Moodgadget (Nov 4, 2008)
2008 "I Wanna Be Your STD" Single Warp
2009 "Lips Sealed" (as Noir Friction) Single Night Moves (May 5, 2009)
"Private 1/3" Single Semantica (Feb 2009)
2010 "Private 2/3" Single Semantica (Jan 2010)
"Hot, Raw, Sex" Single Studio !K7 (Jul 9, 2010)
"NXTLVLNXTLVL / My Balance (Last Priority)" Split single Nonplus (Oct 2010)
2011 '"New Touch" Single Studio !K7 (Jan 25, 2011)
2012 "This One's For The Children" 3-track single Hotflush (Apr 2012)
"Let Yrself Be" 2-track single Hotflush (Jun 11, 2012)
"Sex Drive" Single Hotflush (Aug 10, 2012)

Remixes[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Jimmy Edgar remixes.
  • 2002: Will Smith - "Miami (Jimmy Edgar Ultra Cut)"
  • 2003: Tuesday - "There's No Love in New York City (Remix)"
  • 2004: Creepy Autograph - "Signed Yours Truly (Jimmy Edgar Cut Edit)"
  • 2007: Aaliyah - "Are You That Somebody (Jimmy's Remix)"
  • 2008: Black Affair - "Its Real (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2008: Scott Hardkiss - "Hey Deejay! (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2009: X District - "Color Correction (Jimmy Edgar LTNT RMX)"
  • 2009: Purple Crush "Get Digital (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2009: Aux 88 - "Mad Scientist (Jimmy Edgar REMIX)"
  • 2009: Machinedrum feat. Theophilus London - "Late Night Operation (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2009: Kathy Diamond - "Fire (Jimmy Edgar RMX)"
  • 2011: Tahiti 80 - "Darlin (Adam & Eve Song, Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2011: Amon Tobin - "Mass Spring (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2011: INOJ - "Love U Down (Jimmy Edgar's Lip Kiss)"
  • 2011: New Look - "The Ballad (Jimmy Edgar Makeover)"
  • 2011: Sepalcure - "Everyday of my Life (Jimmy Edgar Re-Mix)"
  • 2011: Creep - "You featuring Nina Sky (Jimmy Edgar Club Mix)"
  • 2011: Theophilus London - "Why Even Try aka W.E.T. (Jimmy Edgars Modular Disco)"
  • 2011: Emika - "3 Hours/Hit Me (Jimmy Edgar Remix/Music Video)"
  • 2012: Astroboyz - "Pianobatacazoo (Jimmy Edgar Manicure Rmx)"
  • 2013: Jamie Lidell - "You Naked (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2013: Boys Noize - "What You Want (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2013: Letherette - "Restless (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2014: Pompeya - "Power (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2014: Claude VonStroke - "Lay It Down Re-Smoked (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2014: Katy B / Skream / Headhunter - "Rollercoaster (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"
  • 2014: Yousef and The Angel - "Float Away (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"

Further reading[edit]

Interviews and articles
Discographies

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c JIMMY EDGAR Biography 
  2. ^ Maymind, Leo (July 23, 2013). "Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic Label Readies New Release Series". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography for Jimmy Edgar". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  4. ^ a b Hernandez, Jorge. "About". Jimmy Edgar Home. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Jimmy Edgar". Detroit Underground. February 5, 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  6. ^ a b Buchanan, John D. "Jimmy Edgar Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  7. ^ a b "DJ, Producer", Outlar, retrieved 2008-09-10 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Jimmy Edgar". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Michaux". Boomkat. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  10. ^ a b c "Party of the Week: Jimmy Edgar at Dada". City Weekend. May 21, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  11. ^ "Sonar 2006 Prologues: Jimmy Edgar Interview". Resident Advisor. 2006. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  12. ^ Richardson, Mark (April 11, 2006). "Color Strip". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  13. ^ "X(XX) District", Resonator Magazine, retrieved 2008-09-09 
  14. ^ K7 - XXX - Jimmy Edgar Releases 
  15. ^ a b c "Emika feat. Jimmy Edgar – ‘Hit Me’". FACT Mag. February 10, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy Edgar Returns With Her Bad Habit". Dazed. Retrieved 2008-10-09. [dead link]
  17. ^ "FACT mix 98: Jimmy Edgar". FACT Magazine. Nov 6, 2009. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  18. ^ Kellman, Andy (2010). "XXX Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  19. ^ "Artist Profile: Jimmy Edgar". The Electric Frog. 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  20. ^ Detroit, West Yorkshire? 
  21. ^ Burns, Todd L. (August 10, 2012). "Jimmy Edgar Interview: Look into my eyes". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  22. ^ a b c Bhavnani, Rishabh (December 11, 2013). "Interview: Techno Wizard Jimmy Edgar Explains His Paranormal Experiences". vibe.com. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  23. ^ "Jimmy Edgar". BBC. May 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  24. ^ "Sex, Drugs, & Detroit", DJ Mag, retrieved 2008-09-10 
  25. ^ Stereogum: Hercules Love Affair
  26. ^ Pitchfork: Kelley Polar
  27. ^ Morgan Geist at MTV
  28. ^ jimmyedgarphotography: BlackOperator and Liz Centoletta (May 2011)
  29. ^ LittleBig: Jimmy Edgar 

External links[edit]

Audio and video