Earlier this year, Jim-E Stack released his debut full-length record, Tell Me I Belong. Today, the New-York-based artist is finally ready to head on on his first North American tour with a full live band. Performing live for the first time, Jim-E Stack’s tour will find the artist playing all throughout the month of January.
Jim-E Stack has also released a new edit of “Move for Me” originally by Kaskade & deadmau5. In the hands of Jim-E, Kaskade’s original is chopped, screwed and turned into something otherworldly.
Jim-E Stack has come a long way. Born and raised in San Francisco, the now Brooklyn-based artist, born James Harmon Stack, cut his musical teeth as a jazz drummer, but it wasn’t until he entered the world of solo production at the age of 16 that he found the freedom necessary to write and record how he wanted. He made his first splash with a bass-loaded remix of Nuguzunguzu’s “Mirage”, and went on to release the bright and drum-focused Come Between EP.
Following time spent in New Orleans, James moved to New York in summer of 2012, and started the slow process of creating Tell Me I Belong LP. The album was written across months and months of sketching, refining, and developing the best of 30 or so ideas. In every corner of Tell Me I Belong, you can hear an artist who not only reveres classic jazz musicians like John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner, experimental pioneers like Steve Reich, and Detroit techno greats Omar-S and Robert Hood, but also contemporary boundary pushers Arca, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Actress. “More so than anything, it’s really on some personal shit,” he says of the themes woven into his debut LP. “The time period between leaving San Francisco and moving to New York was a tough time for me, and the music is kind of a reflection of that, the feeling like you don’t belong.”
Jim-E Stack – Tell Me I Belong
5. Everything to Say
6. Is It me
7. Out of Mind
8. Ease Up
North American Tour Dates:
1/15: Toronto, ON @ The Drake
1/16: Montreal, QC @ Le Bleury Bar a Vinyle
1/17: Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
1/21: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
1/22: Washington, DC @ Backstage at Black Cat
1/23: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Released earlier this summer, the album can be heard in its entirety at TellMeIBelong.com, an online installation made by Jonathan Vingiano and Jim-E Stack. The site creates an environment of temporary images hijacked from real-time feeds of NYC surveillance cameras, soundtracked by the album playing uninterrupted from start to finish.