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Jon Convex

“I never set out to write a specific style; after making music for so many years, you don’t really think about what you're doing. It’s never a conscious process, it’s all very natural and it’s only when I listen back to something I’ve done, I can hear what might have influenced it. I wouldn’t say "who" are the influences behind the Convex sound - it’s more "what.” I’ve fine tuned wha. outboard I needed, and what effects and dynamics I wanted to use to shape the sound.” -Jon Conve.

Damon Kirkham, aka Jon Convex, has a most unique ability to continually re-s ...read more

“I never set out to write a specific style; after making music for so many years, you don’t really think about what you're doing. It’s never a conscious process, it’s all very natural and it’s only when I listen back to something I’ve done, I can hear what might have influenced it. I wouldn’t say "who" are the influences behind the Convex sound - it’s more "what.” I’ve fine tuned wha. outboard I needed, and what effects and dynamics I wanted to use to shape the sound.” -Jon Conve.

Damon Kirkham, aka Jon Convex, has a most unique ability to continually re-shape sounds, time and time again. Gripped by music from a young age, he first began producing when he was 17, completely intrigued by analogue machines. Many years and many metamorphoses later, his passion and talents are demonstrated through his successes as 1/2 of Instra:mental (with Al Green, aka Boddika), whose body of work as a production duo and label A&R’s is truly beyond conventional description. Originally known for their innovative take on the Drum & Bass sound, Instra:mental has since forged to become scene leaders, and key tastemakers, throughout various branches in electronic music. Their Nonplus+ imprint has revived the concept of experimentalism, embracing artists from all genres imaginable, and taking electronic music production into several new directions.

With Jon Convex, the name behind his latest sonic explorations, music transforms into surreal soundscapes, and takes the listener to another place, somewhere deep within his imagination. Images of dystopian cities and futuristic landscapes are fuelled by his intricate, layered productions, with finely tuned melodies and intense drum workouts. Letting the machines guide him, he creates entirely unique analogue platforms, whether with a sublime atmospheric nod to Warp’s early back catalogue, or with a slight tinge of Chicago’s raw, percussive footwork sound, or with the tough, tearing feel of techno: all-out dancefloor assault.

Jon Convex stands as an exciting embodiment of the state of electronic music today: no longer confined by genres whatsoever, producers can allow their creativity to take over with no boundaries. Putting aside hype, and surpassing all expectations, each Convex production is as individual and surprising as the last.

“With the solo stuff it’s very different, it’s a different process. There’s no compromise in the way I work and sounds I use now, it’s fully what I want to do and use. I can get lost in a process for hours and the only time its burning is my own..

After leagues of gigs as Instra:mental, the first Jon Convex DJ appearance landed in April in London, alongside likeminded groundbreakers AUX88, Radioactiveman (2 Lone Swordsmen) and Rob Hall, a fitting kick-start to what’s likely to be a longstanding DJing career. His DJing style is best displayed on his recent FACT mix, which they aptly described: “It’s rooted in the kind of tough, electro-powered house and techno sound that fans of Boddika and recent Instra:mental will instantly connect with, a sound which despite its all-important steppers’ bounce is, at bottom, fundamentally about linear attack – it’s dissolute, hypnotic rave music for the dankest, darkest warehouses, squat parties and club spots.” A full Jon Convex live show will be set after the release of his debut LP, which is set for release on Nonplus+ sometime within the next year.

His forthcoming releases, lined up from June 2011 until the end of the year are coming fast and from every angle - soon to be heard on Martyn’s 3024 imprint, Nonplus+, [Naked Lunch] and Autonomic. With a sound that undoubtedly defies categorization (as would be expected, with Jon Convex’s track history), it’s best left to the creator to explain the thought processes and ideas behind his futuristic, no-compromises, material.

‘Falling Again / Convexations / Order into Chaos’ - 3024 (June 2011. "These tracks were the first batch I created and felt happy with, I wanted all the tracks to contrast each other and show that versatility from the off. Martyn heard them and wanted to put out a 12" straight away. I’ve always kept in contact with Martyn and I’ve worked briefly with him before with vocals on Natural Selection, so it was nice to put these tracks on his label..

‘Radar / Vacuum States’ - Nonplus+ (July 2011. "With the Nonplus release I wanted something hard and instantly recognisable when heard out (‘Radar’) and something that would be a nod back to the old 90's Warp catalogue (‘Vacuum States’) This release just shows that again with the Convex material its always going to be a case of not knowing what you will get with each release..

‘Pop That P / Your Mind (Or Mine)’ - [NakedLunch] (August 2011. "I was always going to do something for Micky’s Naked Lunch Imprint, we have always worked with Micky with Instra:mental and also with Alex’s Boddika material. ‘Pop That P’ is something between Juke and Techno. When I first heard Footwork, I loved the rawness of it - it reminded me of old hardcore, with the raw production and use of samples and loops. I had to do a tune that incorporated that into my Convex sound." « hide

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LPs
Idoru
07/30/2012

3.4
9 Votes
EPs
Idoru #1
07/02/2012

Lied To Be Loved
05/21/2012

Bump And Grind/Closer
2011

Pop That P/Your Mind (Or Mine)
2011

Radar/Vacuum States
2011

Convexations
2011

Compilations
FACT Mix 240
2011


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