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Jimmy Edgar's 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. A postmodern polymath who also built a successful career as a graphic artist, photographer, and fashion designer, Edgar was born on August 10, 1983 in Detroit and manifested a love for music at an early age, learning to play saxophone and drums, gigging in local bands, and experimenting with making electronic music. His elder brother was a music promoter, and at the tender age of 15 he found himself DJing alongside techno legends Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May. His first track was released by the respected German label Poker Flat in 2002, when he was just 19 years old.
The same year, after hearing just that one track, the Florida label Merck signed him and put out his debut album, My Mines I, which was attributed to his "dual alter ego," Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale. The next year, the Dutch label audio.nl released his second album, %20, this time under the alias Michaux. These two works, which were fairly experimental and can be classified with the glitch or clicks + cuts genre that was prevalent at the time, received favorable reviews and attracted the attention of powerhouse electronica label Warp, which signed him to a worldwide deal. His debut release for the label, in 2004, was the four-track Access Rhythm EP, which had more of a hip-hop sound and featured, in a nod to his former alter ego, the "Morris Nightingale Theme." Later the same year, he followed up with the Bounce Make Model mini-album, which first crystallized the erotic electro-funk sound for which he would become well known.
Edgar spent the next two years working on his debut Warp full-length. The result was Color Strip, a breathtakingly original album on which Edgar attempted to "capture the essence of Detroit." Inspired by sex and drugs, made using a selection of software custom-built by Edgar himself, and recorded to analog tape, it had a sleazy urban feel that combined techno, electro, R&B, glitch, and hip-hop influences and was an immediate success, invoking a slew of critical acclaim.
In the four-year gap following the release of Color Strip, Edgar was involved in several other projects including Black Affair, Her Bad Habit, and X District, and was rumored to be part of the mysterious electronica outfits Plus Device and Creepy Autograph. In 2008 he moved from Detroit to New York City, which had an influence on the music he was to start making next. When his follow-up album, XXX, was allegedly rejected by Warp, he signed with the German jazz-house label K7, which released it in July 2010. While in a similar vein to Color Strip, it had a somewhat more straightforward and "live" sound, with Edgar playing bass guitar on a number of tracks, and collaborating with female guest vocalists.
Jimmy Edgar is a Detroit-based electronic music artist, signed to K7 Records. In his early years he was influenced by jazz, funk, street beat and R&B. He began his musical pursuit by playing the drums in experimental bands and by making tape recordings. Most of these recordings, consisting mainly of pitch bent tape loops, cut edits, field recordings, and noise tracks, were the beginning of his experimentation with the technical aspects of production. Jimmy Edgar is the self-proclaimed poster child of Sound Couture. 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.JIMMY EDGAR Biography LittleBig: Jimmy Edgar K7 - XXX - Jimmy Edgar Releases
Edgar's intense passion for music also propelled him at a young age to learn to play any instrument he could get his hands on, including string instruments, saxophone, and mostly percussion/drum set. By the time he was 15, he started performing at Detroit raves.
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. Then, after only hearing one of his tracks, Miami based Merck Records immediately signed him and released his first full length album My Mines I [merck009] by the "dual alter ego" kristuit salu vs. morris nightingale. After the release of My Mines I in February 2002, Edgar started getting some attention which lead to touring cities in the US, including New York City, performing at the infamous experimental music fest the Miami Infiltrate, Vancouver and selected cities in Japan. Touring he got a good response from his live performances as he carried a distinctive energy on to stage and incorporates visuals such as synchronized projections. He was also asked to perform at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2003 which was his debut as a Warp Records artist, and in which Detroit witnessed a legend in formation as even the security got down with the local break dancing squad. 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, and then his full-length album Color Strip in February 2006.
A forthcoming album XXX, formerly called Deeper, is expected June 2010 on K7 Records. The second single, "Turn You Inside Out," was released on rcrdlbl.com in July 2008 and became the #1 most popular download within the first week . Edgar continues to perform internationally, most notably in Tokyo, Zagreb, Istanbul, Athens, Tallinn, Moscow, Turin, London, Berlin and more. According to Divine Cosmos Blog, "Hot, Raw, Sex" will be the first single."Jimmy Edgar DJ, Producer", Outlar, retrieved 2008-09-10 "Turn You Inside Out" exclusively on RCRDLBL
Edgar is an award winning fashion photographer which has seen his work in such publications as H Magazine, Spot Magazine, Urb Magazine, Blink Magazine and more. He continues to work back and forth from 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.
Edgar's fashion photography was featured on the cover of the 10th anniversary issue of H Magazine (Spain), which also published the entire story 'Adaptable Color'. The story also made the cover with accompanied interview in UK's NOTION magazine and a video interview for ELLE Belgium.
2010 brought an introduction to Jimmy Edgar fashion films for such designers as Japan's BLACKOPERATOR, and his own series with Liz Centolella, they can be found on YouTube.
In addition to shooting fashion, Jimmy has also shot press photos for Hercules & Love Affair, Kelley Polar, Morgan Geist, Theophilus London, Black Affair, Beta Band, and new signing from Ninja Tune records Emika."Sex, Drugs, & Detroit", DJ Mag, retrieved 2008-09-10
ContentsOther projects1.1 Almamy1.2 Black Affair1.3 Jets1.4 Her Bad Habit1.5 X District1.6 Plus Device1.7 Creepy Autograph1.8 Michaux
In July 2009, electropop singer Almamy announced in an interview that he was working with Edgar on a 5-track conceptual EP called The Love, from which his cover of Daft Punk's Digital Love was to be the first single off. The project is set to be the first installment in a series of 5-track conceptual EPs, entirely produced by Edgar, to be released quarterly, starting in the Fall of 2009.
Steve Mason, famed singer of Scotland's The Beta Band, collaborated with Edgar on his album Pleasure Pressure Point released on V2 Records in 2008. Edgar co-produced & engineered the Pleasure Pressure Point album, produced and directed the music video for "It's Real", shot Steve Mason's press photography for the campaign and also designed all of the 12" singles and the album artwork which features a photograph still from the video shoot. Black Affair and its affiliation to Edgar gave both Mason and Edgar a new edge on their own music with their tight connection. According to recent interviews, they are planning a next move.
Edgar and Machinedrum release an E.P. in 2012 as Jets.
Her Bad Habit
2008 saw the debut release from Edgar's new 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.
In 2007, Edgar started several new projects as executive producer. One of which is 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" maxi-single on Noir Push Recordings, a label affiliates with friends of Edgar. In December 2008, "Color Correction" was re-released on Playhouse Records (Germany) with remixes by Edgar and LoSoul.
Edgar is rumoured to be half of the anonymous Plus Device. Plus Device is an electro "duo" released as one of the top artists on Hefty Records.
Edgar is also rumoured to be part of the anonymous Creepy Autograph 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. These EPs are published under Valentines Connexion and distributed through Rush Hour (Netherlands).
In 1998, Edgar began digitally producing conceptual music under the name Michaux. Edgar's only release as Michaux came in 2003 on the label Audio.NL. 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. According to Audio.NL, sections of the album are so "extreme in frequency" that an acceptable vinyl release could not be produced, making it the only compact disc release on the label to date. The Michaux project is revered as one of the pioneering releases of the genre called Glitch or Microsound and according to the Boomkat review was "some of the most original treatments you'll hear on any disc, at any time, anywhere."
According to Muzak Soundish blog, the torch of Michaux has been passed to famed Christian Dior fashion model Dana LeGlise.Kenki, Dazzle (July 15, 2009), Almamy: The Interview, retrieved 2009-07-15 "Jimmy Edgar Returns With Her Bad Habit". Dazed. Retrieved 2008-10-09. "X(XX) District", Resonator Magazine, retrieved 2008-09-09 Detroit, West Yorkshire?