Jega (musician)

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Jega
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Background information
Birth name Dylan Nathan
Origin UK
Genres Electronic
Years active 1996–present
Labels Planet Mu
Skam Records
Matador Records
Website Official website

Jega is the recording name of Manchester-based electronic music artist Dylan Nathan.[1] Nathan has released records on the Planet Mu, Matador and Skam record labels.[1]

Career[edit]

Nathan released his first EP in 1996 in Manchester on Skam records.

Nathan's first LP, Spectrum, was the first release on Mike Paradinas/µ-Ziq's Planet Mu label.[1] Paradinas and Nathan studied architecture together in London 1991–94 on the same campus with Aphex Twin. Spectrum is a fusion of the breakbeat and IDM sound coming out of London at the time. Nathan's second album Geometry reflects his electronic roots, avoiding samples and venturing more into synthesis.[2]

Jega was named by Thom Yorke as an influence on Radiohead's 2000 album Kid A.[3] Both Spectrum and Geometry were later licensed to Matador Records for release in North America, resulting in extensive tours of the United States.[2] Despite only making 6 copies, in 2004 a demo of Variance was leaked to the internet, resulting in Jega resetting the release. This copy is still widely available on the internet.[4] Variance was released on Planet Mu Records on 20 July 2009. Variance is a double album composed of Variance Volume 1 and 2.[4]

Nathan toured with Autechre in 1997.[2]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • SKA006 (1996, Skam)
  • SKA009 (1997, Skam)
  • Type Xero (1998, Planet Mu)

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Anderson, John (24 January 2002). "Building Beats". Miami New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jega Biography". Jega.com. 
  3. ^ "Thom Yorke DJ mix on the BBC Breezeblock 11/12/2000". 
  4. ^ a b "Jega official website news page". 
  5. ^ "Best New Music, Jega". CMJ New Music Monthly. May 1999. p. 19. 

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