Jimmy Edgar is a Detroit-based electronic music artist, signed to Warp Records. Influenced mostly by Jazz, funk, street beat and r&b in these early years, 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 bended tape loops, cut edits, field recordings, and noise tracks, were the beginning of his experimentation with the technical aspects of production.
Jimmy'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 "Deeper" is expected later this year. The first single, "Turn You Inside Out," was released on rcrdlbl.com in July 2008 and became the #1 most popular download within the first week .
Jimmy 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. Jimmy 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.
Jimmy'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'.
In July 2009, electropop singer Almamy announced in an interview that he was working with Jimmy Edgar on a 5-track conceptual EP called The Love, from which his cover of Daft Punk's Digital Love will 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 Almamy and Jimmy Edgar, to be released quarterly, starting in the Fall of 2009.
Steve Mason, famed singer of Scotland's The Beta Band, collaborated with Jimmy Edgar on his album 'Please Pressure Point' released on V2 Records in 2008. Jimmy 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 Jimmy Edgar gave both Steve and Jimmy a new edge on their own music with their tight connection. According to recent interviews, they are planning a next move.
Her Bad Habit
2008 saw the debut release from Jimmy 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, Jimmy Edgar has 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 Jimmy 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 Jimmy Edgar. In December 2008, "Color Correction" was re-released on Playhouse Records (Germany) with remixes by Jimmy Edgar and LoSoul.
Jimmy 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).
Michaux was a guise invented in 1998 that consisted of digital concept based music, spearheading the new glitch/minimal movement alongside artists like Alva Noto, Ryoji Ikeda, and Thomas Brinkman. Michaux saw its first and only release in 2003 on the infamous Audio.NL label based in the Netherlands. Boomkat.com described the album as "subjecting it to some of the most original treatments you'll hear on any disc, at any time, anywhere." The release, called "%20," named after the html code for an empty space, concentrates on the silence of the music just as much as the sound in similar style to personal friend of Jimmy, 12k/LINE recording artist and installation artist Richard Chartier. In addition, Michaux "%20" was made entirely from homemade viruses on a PC computer, that which made audio. According to Audio.NL, the sounds of the album at time are so extreme in frequency that it was not able to be cut to vinyl, making it the first and only compact disc release on the label.
According to Strict Policy blog, the torch of Michaux has been passed to famed Christian Dior fashion model Dana LeGlise, who will continue the Michaux guise by making music entirely based on the rhythm of extreme frequency sounds recorded to 1/4" reel tape and custom razor cut 12" vinyl.
- Color Strip (20/05/2006)
Track Listing - Color Strip 1. Pret A Porter 2. My Beats 3. I Wanna Be Your STD 4. LBLB Detroit 5. Personal Information 6. Telautraux 7. Hold It Attach It Connect It 8. Jefferson Interception 9. Of The Silent Variety 10. Semierotiic 11. Color Strip (Warren) 12. Heart Beat Sexual (Hidden Track)
- Color Strip (Japanese Import) (20/05/2006)
Track Listing - Color Strip 1. Pret A Porter 2. My Beats 3. I Wanna Be Your STD 4. LBLB Detroit 5. Personal Information 6. Telautraux 7. Hold It Attach It Connect It 8. Jefferson Interception 9. Of The Silent Variety 10. Semierotiic 11. Color Strip (Warren) 12. Heart Beat Sexual 13. Cadieux + Cass (Bonus Track)
- My Mines I (as Kristuit Salu and Morris Nightingale, 02/2002)
- %20 (as Michaux, 2003)
EPs and Singles
- Nothing is Better (09/20/08)
- I Don't Know (What You're Doing To Me) (as Her Bad Habit, 04/07/08)
- Color Correction (as X District with Laura Clarke, 10/2007)
- My Beats (02/22/06)
- Bounce, Make, Model (04/02/05)
- Access Rhythm (12/01/04)
- Seual Dual (as Kristuit Salu, 2001)
- Will Smith "Miami (Jimmy Edgar Ultra Cut) 2002
- Jimmy Edgar "Outer City Sound (Jimmy Edgar Hefty Records Remix)" 2007
- Yaporigami "Lie (Jimmy Edgar Remix)" 2007
- Black Affair "Its Real (Jimmy Edgar Remix)" 2008
- Daedelus "Touchtone (Jimmy Edgar RMX)" 2008
- New Look "Function of your Love (Orig. Jimmy Edgar)" 2008
- Jimmy Edgar "Funktion Remix instrumental" 2008
- X District "Color Correction (Jimmy Edgar LTNT RMX)" 2009
- Purple Crush "Get Digital (Jimmy Edgar Remix)" 2009
- Silverclub "Crash this Car (Jimmy Edgar Remix)" 2009
- Fulgeance "Ann Arbor (Jimmy E Rmx)" 2009
- Kris Wadsworth "Mainline (Jimmy E Remix)" 2009
- Aux 88 "Mad Scientist (Jimmy Edgar REMIX)" 2009
- Machinedrum feat. Theophilus London "Late Night Operation (Jimmy Edgar Remix)" 2009
- Kathy Diamond "Fire (Jimmy Edgar RMX)" 2009
- Nothing is Better (08/01/2008)
- LB LB Detroit (07/01/2006)
Biography from Wikipedia