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|Birth name||James Edgar|
|Born||August 10, 1983|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
James Edgar is an American musician and creative director from Detroit, Michigan. Influenced by Detroit techno, Rap and R&B, early in his career he released two hip-hop glitch albums under the names Michaux and Kristuit Salu and Morris Nightingale. His first solo album Color Strip (2006) came out on Warp Records after he signed to the label at age 18. This release was followed by XXX (2010) on !K7 Records in 2010. After his last solo LP Majenta (2012), he has released several EPS on his own Ultramajic Records, often designing the album covers with Pilar Zeta.
He has also been a part of the groups X District with Laura Clarke, Her Bad Habit, the duo Plus Device, the group Creepy Autograph, and the duo J-E-T-S with Machinedrum. Currently based in Los Angeles, he tours frequently as a collaborator and solo artist, and has performed at venues such as Bang Face, I Love Techno, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Edgar has also showcased his painting and fashion photography at a number of international exhibitions, and is known for making short films and directing music videos, often of an abstract nature.
James "Jimmy" Edgar was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Raised in Detroit, Edgar developed an early interest in music and learned multiple instruments at a young age, including string instruments, saxophone, and percussion/drum set. He learned songwriting and piano from several musicians he met at Baptist churches in Detroit. Experimenting with electronic music by age ten, around age fifteen he started performing at Detroit raves. As a teenager he also began playing the drums in experimental bands and making tape recordings. 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.
2004–08: Warp EPs and Color Strip
His first release on Warp Records was the 2004 4-track EP Access Rhythm, which had a more "hip-hop sound" than his previous albums. Access Rhythm was shortly followed by the 6-track EP Bounce Make Model, which according to Allmusic, "first crystallized the erotic electro-funk sound for which [Edgar] would become well known." After touring in support of the two EPs, Edgar began working on his debut with Warp, a process that would take him two years. According to Edgar, his goal with the album was to "capture the essence of Detroit." It was made using software Edgar had customized himself, then recorded to analog tape. He released the full-length album as Color Strip in February 2006, to a positive critical reception. Allmusic called it "breathtakingly original," praising the album's "sleazy urban feel that combined techno, electro, R&B, glitch, and hip-hop influences." Pitchfork Media wrote in a review that "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."
2010–12: XXX and Majenta
Edgar's solo album XXX came out June 2010 on K7 Records. Andy Kellman of Allmusic wrote that Edgar's increased use of analog equipment in the recording process "refines his smutty neo-electro." Around that time Edgar continued to tour internationally, notably in cities such as Tokyo, Zagreb, Istanbul, Athens, Tallinn, Moscow, Turin, London, and Berlin. In 2012, Edgar released the solo album Majenta, on Hotflush Recordings. In a positive review of Majenta for the BBC, Rich Handscomb focused on the erotic element of the sounds, also writing that "As difficult as it is to take Edgar seriously at times, so earnest is he about his sexualised sonic seercraft that resistance is futile."
2012–14: JETS and Ultramajic
Edgar and Machinedrum released an eponymous EP in 2012 as the group J-E-T-S, and they also toured in support of the material, playing a number of major festivals. As a solo artist, as of 2014 Edgar has performed at festivals such as Bang Face, I Love Techno, and two appearances at the Movement Festival (DEMF). In late 2013 he continued to be based in Berlin, though he soon began working out of Los Angeles as well.
Edgar founded the record label Ultramajic with artist Pilar Zeta in 2013. His first EP on Ultramajic was Hot Inside, and the lead single's music video was featured on THUMP in late 2013. In May 2014, he was brought in by the BBC to create an Essential Mix, focusing on the theme of "Ultramajic doing Detroit radio circa 1993." As of early 2014 Ultramajic had released over a dozen albums in the electronic genre, with both Zeta and Edgar designing most album covers.
In 2014, Resident Advisor released RA Podcast: RA.401 which was produced by Jimmy. The mix spanned 90 minutes and went through a meticulous recording process including mastering, cut onto 6 dubplate vinyl discs, digitally pasted together and remastered.
In 2016, Jimmy Edgar released "Dreamz Come True" featuring Toronto R&B artist Rochelle Jordan. In 2017, after a chance meeting with longtime friend SOPHIE, he began production on Vince Staples album Big Fish Theory and produced the single "745". In 2018, Jimmy released a single under his own name called "Burn So Deep" featuring Dawn Richard.
Style and influences
- 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. 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." He is also seen as an innovator in the genre of glitch.
- Theophilus London – Higher ft. Jesse Boykins III (2009)
- Theophilus London – Blindfolded (2009)
- Vince Staples – 745 (2017)
- Farrah Fawx – Never Thought [Co-produced with KLSH] (2017)
- BANKS – Sawzall [Addition production] (2019)
- Tanerelle – A Trip Through Space to Clear My Mind [Co-produced with Machinedrum] (2019)
- J-E-T-S – COME ALIVE ft. Theophilus London [Co-produced with Machinedrum] (2019)
- J-E-T-S – SLIMEBALL ft. Zack Slime Fr [Co-produced with Machinedrum] (2019)
- J-E-T-S – ATTUNE ft. Roses Gabor [Co-produced with Machinedrum] (2019)
- Kidd Kenn – Shake Sum ft. Cupcakke [Additional production by SOPHIE] (2020)
- Kidd Kenn – FWTN (2020)
- B La B – Who I Be (2020)
- Bloody Jay – Trenches ft. Slim 400 (2020)
- Bloody Jay – Secrets (2020)
- Adamn Killa – Its Halloween (2020)
- OG MACO – Commas ft. B La B (2020)
- Nia Kay – Bankroll (2020)
|2004||Access Rhythm||Warp (Jan 12, 2004)|
|Bounce, Make, Model||Warp (Nov 8, 2004)|
|2006||Rhythmic Denial (1 track)||Warp (Feb 20, 2006)|
|2012||This One's For The Children||Hotflush|
|2013||Hot Inside||Ultramajic (Jun 10, 2013)|
|Mercurio||Ultramajic (Dec 2, 2013)|
|2016||Dreamz Come True||Ultramajic|
|2018||"BURN SO DEEP (FT. DAWN)"||Single||ULTRAMAJIC (2018)|
|2019||"LOOK OUT (ft. KINGJET)"||Single||Innovative Leisure (May 2019)|
|"REAL TRUTH (ft. TKAY MAIDZA)"||Single||Innovative Leisure (April 2019)|
|"POTIONS (ft. DAWN)"||Single||Innovative Leisure (February 2019)|
|"PLAY (ft. Mykki Blanco)"||Single||Innovative Leisure (January 2019)|
|2020||"BENT" (FT. HUDSON MOHAWKE)||Single||Innovative Leisure (May 2020)|
|"METAL" (FT. SOPHIE)||Single||Innovative Leisure (September 2020)|
|"GET UP" (FT. Danny Brown)||Single||Innovative Leisure (September 2020)|
- Interviews and articles
- "No 323: Black Affair". The Guardian. May 27, 2008.
- "Jimmy Edgar Interview: Look into my eyes". Resident Advisor. August 10, 2012.
- "Building Rainbow-Colored Bridges Between Music, Aesthetics & Metaphysical Ideas". Redefine Magazine. December 2, 2013.
- "Interview: Techno Wizard Jimmy Edgar Explains His Paranormal Experiences". Vibe.com. December 11, 2013.
- Buchanan, John D. "Jimmy Edgar Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "JIMMY EDGAR Biography". Mog.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Maymind, Leo (July 23, 2013). "Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic Label Readies New Release Series". XLR8R. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- "Biography for Jimmy Edgar". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "Coyote Clean Up". METAL Magazine. February 2013. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
- Hernandez, Jorge. "About". Jimmy Edgar Home. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "Jimmy Edgar". Detroit Underground. February 5, 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "DJ, Producer", Outlar, archived from the original on 2011-07-15, retrieved 2008-09-10
- "Jimmy Edgar". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "Sonar 2006 Prologues: Jimmy Edgar Interview". Resident Advisor. 2006. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Richardson, Mark (April 11, 2006). "Color Strip". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Kellman, Andy (2010). "XXX Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "Artist Profile: Jimmy Edgar". The Electric Frog. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-25. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Handscomb, Rich (2012). "Jimmy Edgar Majenta review". BBC. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Burns, Todd L. (August 10, 2012). "Jimmy Edgar Interview: Look into my eyes". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Bhavnani, Rishabh (December 11, 2013). "Interview: Techno Wizard Jimmy Edgar Explains His Paranormal Experiences". vibe.com. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "Jimmy Edgar". BBC. May 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- "RA.401 Jimmy Edgar". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
- "Flume, Jimmy Edgar, SOPHIE featured on Vince Staples' new album 'Big Fish Theory'". Mixmag.net. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
- "Watch Jimmy Edgar turn up the heat on a distorted infomercial for 'Burn So Deep'". Mixmag.net. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
- "Party of the Week: Jimmy Edgar at Dada". City Weekend. May 21, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Kenneally, Cerys (February 3, 2021). "Jimmy Edgar links with Atlanta's 24hrs for new track "Notice"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
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