Jaw Jam, Rioux, Alex Burkat, Sophia M.A.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211-4119
This event is all ages
The style JAW JAM is going for is nothing new–broken down melodies, eclectic vocal samples, heavy 808′s–it’s all been done before. But what’s truly interesting about JAW JAM’s material is the apparent lack of mediocrity. From every vocal sample he selects to work with, to every bleep and blip sound byte that he infuses within–it all screams professional.
Erin Rioux (pronounced ree-yoo) is an electronic psychedelic record producer, performer, and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work under his last name merges organic instrumentation with technology, in a rhythmic and cerebral sonic environment.
Coming off a string of SXSW dates in 2013, Rioux released 'Spirit Calling/Miniatures' via Italian netlabel, Bad Panda Records on April 1st. The two-track release is Rioux's most soulful to date, bringing steel drums and spliced R&B vocals into the mix. His signature tones are still present (reversed guitars, self-made drum samples) but the space and minimalism allows the record to breathe more than past works.
Always one to keep busy, Rioux is finishing two forthcoming albums—one in collaboration with Trinidadian Astrophysicist and Jazz musician, Stephon Alexander. After an inspired chance encounter over coffee in July 2012, the two formed a creative bond, bringing topics in modern Astrophysics and Cosmology into musical interpretation at Erin's Brooklyn studio. The album, 'Here Comes Now', is due out late 2013 with art direction by Diego Cortez and a guest vocal performance from No Wave legend, Arto Lindsay.
Erin Rioux began making music at 13 when he acquired his first recording device: a 4-track Tape deck. Ever since, he's never stopped producing—developing a vast body of work along his path from his home in Metro Detroit to Berlin and New York City. Under his given last name, Erin began releasing records online in 2010 while attending NYU for production and popular music. His first physical release would be the audiovisual album, 'Everything You Need Is Right Here' (2011), a kaleidoscopic and eclectic debut full-length on vinyl and DVD formats.
In February of 2011, Erin moved to Berlin on scholarships and student loans, studying visual art and developing his music during a semester abroad. The city and its nightlife would deeply influence his next EP, 'Come On All You Ghosts' (2012). The record's single "Find The Reason", debuted on Prefix Mag and would receive a preliminary Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Single.
After finishing school and beginning sessions with Stephon Alexander, Rioux launched his monthly party series, CONNECT: Explorations In Electronic Psychedelia in October 2012 at the contemporary music space, Le Poisson Rouge in New York. The series—now on its 5th event—has been host to the likes of Chrome Sparks, Blackbird Blackbird, and Maria Minerva, with an ongoing residency at Ran Tea House in Brooklyn. In an interview with The Creator's Project, Rioux's explains his guiding outlook: "we're not victims of a changing industry, but rather the ones who get to change it! It's a very exciting time for young, new ideas."
Alex Burkat is an electronic musician based in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by house, techno, hip hop, dubstep, indie rock, classical and the rich history and present day music scene of New York City, Burkat brings his own perspective to the decks and draws inspiration from seemingly everywhere.
His first release EP, Shower Scene, was inspired by a night of dancing at one of the Mister Saturday Night parties, resulting in a release on their record label in March of 2013. Burkat's recent release is Tarot, a 12" out now on Los Angeles-based label, 100% Silk, a four track compilation inspired by mysticism and global warming with a house-tinged sound.
In addition to crafting fine-tuned electronic sounds, Burkat also runs his own parties series in New York, N.I.S., and is a video editor and producer for Dubspot.