A key member of The Bad Seeds since 1994 and a founding member of Grinderman, he also formed his own New York-based musical ensemble The Vanity Set in 2000, releasing two studio albums to date.
Further to his work as a musician, Jim Sclavunos has produced a wide range of bands including Gogol Bordello, The Horrors, The Jim Jones Revue and Black Moth. He has done several remixes, both on his own and as one half of Silver Alert (along with The Vanity Set band mate, Peter Mavrogeorgis).
In 2012, Silver Alert performed “Faustian Pact” at The Perth International Arts Festival in Western Australia, a live adaptation of FW Murnau's film, Faust, produced in collaboration with director/choreographer Micki Pellerano.
In 2012, Sclavunos began an ongoing collaboration with Australian performance artist/musician Michaela Davies on a composition entitled “FM-2030” (so-named for the transhumanist philosopher Fereidoun M. Esfandiary) utilizing programmed electro-muscular stimulation (EMS) of classical string players to generate involuntary playing movements. The composition is set to premiere at the 2013 Sonica Festival in Glasgow.