Jimmy Edgar (FABRICLIVE 79)

As you may or may not be aware, every time we release an artist's CD on either of our ongoing mix series (fabric/FABRICLIVE) there happens a lot of behind the scenes conversations that are all part of the preparation. One of these is a tailor constructed artist biography that's written to give the press extra background information on the artist in question: where they were born, where they grew up, how they got into music, etc etc. In truth, these biographies often become quite enlightening documents in their own right and from now on, in the week before we release the mixes to the public, we'll be publishing the biographies here to give you, our faithful readership, the exact same additional insight.

Jimmy Edgar (FABRICLIVE 79)

I was born and raised in East Detroit. I grew up right down the street from Record Time, a famous record store where I got most of my early collection.

My father was a roadie for bands like Kraftwerk and the Clash, in the mid eighties. My mother was a hairstylist and dancer and she introduced me to Prince, 80s R&B, and techno. We used to watch New Dance Show/The Scene and she would record it on VHS to practice the dance moves.

I grew up listening to mostly funk, hip-hop and dance music. I was buying vinyl pretty early because of the artwork. I started performing at Detroit raves when I was 15 because my best friend, who also made music, had an older brother who was throwing the parties and booking us and our friends to play for cheap. So, our first parties with were Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Joey Jupiter, and other local DJs in the late 90s. I knew about techno and listened to it, but I was always trying to find out more obscure stuff like Warp Records, Scape, Mille Plateaux, 12k, Basic Channel, etc.

I first started playing drums in school after my dad bought me a pair of drum sticks. We didn't have a lot of money at the time so I ended up making some pot and pan recordings on an old boombox. I started making tape loops and overdubs in a really simple way and it basically turned into a tapes upon tapes of radio type shows with manipulated voice recordings and back masking songs. Eventually I got into production but I was first a sort of director. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I saved enough money to buy some hardware after checking out a TR808 that my friend had, me and my friends all shared musical gear and started releasing the music locally at our high school.

I sort of left the Detroit scene after I got signed to Warp Records when I was 18. Steve signed me based on a few songs and he wasn’t aware I was 18 or from Detroit until we had the first EP sorted. I then ended up releasing my first official album with them. I also released albums on K7! and Hotflush until I decided to focus on my own label, Ultramajic… most of the tracks from the mix are from my label Ultramajic.

For me, DJing is very intuitive and I like to just walk up and feel the audience and play “with” them.

I’ve been playing at fabric for over 10 years and they have been a big support throughout all of my musical phases. Now that I am focusing on DJing, fabric has become a good outlet for me to try new things in DJ culture, whether it’s new tracks or new styles of arranging a set; the fabric audience is normally really receptive to these things as long as you have an intuitive relationship with them. One of the first times I played was Room 3 and I did an all vinyl set. I had just came from the Warp office with tons of their old 12”s. Most of the other times I played fabric were live performances and I did my synchronized light show there as my final live performance in 2012.

I went through so many tracks for this mix because I had a very specific sound and vibe. Once I settled on about 80 tracks for licensing we went for it and by the time we had everything I had decided I didn’t want any of the tracks I picked because I was playing them throughout the summer and I had a new vibe in mind. So, I went through a bunch of unreleased tracks we are going to put out on Ultramajic and decided to launch them with this mix, since it’s much more the vibe I am working on now. I got some exclusive material from my good friends Danny Daze, Crystal Bandito, and Kris Wadsworth. This mix is almost all exclusive material at the time that I made it.

I wanted the mix to be something that I would play at fabric, but still listenable at home or at work. For me, DJing is very intuitive and I like to just walk up and feel the audience and play “with” them. This was different and I wanted to set the tone to people who would be listening on their own, which was great challenge to me but I really enjoyed it.

Another aspect that made this mix fun for me was that I recorded the mix with mastering equipment and Class A preamps, compression and EQs. So, I made a digital analogue hybrid setup while I made the mix so I could have the best sound quality. All of the tracks almost effortlessly mixed in Key as well, which is extremely rare given the fact that tempos were pitched up or down so they could match rhythm.

Concentrating on my artwork and music for Ultramajic. Touring very heavily! I’m always working on new music.

FABRICLIVE 79: Jimmy Edgar is out now.
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Jimmy launches FABRICLIVE 79 in Room Two on 6th February 2015 alongside Machinedrum, Kris Wadsworth and Chambray.
Advance tickets/full info here.

Photography: Jimmy Mould

Friday 6th February

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