JAMAICA SUK

  • Labels Gradient
  • Based Berlin, Germany
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A musician and experimenter, Jamaica Suk has fused her jazz and metal roots from the Bay Area California with a feel for soulful techno, a combination that makes her at home leading driving dancefloor workouts across Europe. With her record label Gradient and accompanying event series, atop extensive activity as DJ and producer, she has found in Berlin a platform for the breadth of her musical versatility.

In her signature distorted melodies and hints of melancholic bass guitar, you might hear where Jamaica started – playing bass guitar through her teens & college, playing in jazz ensembles, grindcore, math rock and shoegaze bands, before getting deep into the Bay Area’s house and techno underground. Jazz musician by day, DJ and promoter by night, she quickly became established throwing monthly parties at 222 Hyde Street in the infamous Tenderloin District and grimy Bay Area warehouses.

Technology was an early passion, too, including completing an Audio Engineering program at San Francisco’s respected Pyramid. That combination of technology and musical chops, meeting with an intuition for minimalism, and repetition from Reich to Sun 0))), Neurosis & Pan Sonic to techno classics, perfectly set the tone for her evolving productions.

Based in the German capital since 2012, Jamaica has honed her production language, and with equal parts German and Pacific, her music has earned a following for its postmodern, melodic narratives, soul and industrial sounds in balance.

Keeping with the milieu of producing for the discerning digger, she now turns her aesthetic perfectionism to her label Gradient, debuting with her own music and remixes, and the paired Gradient Nights club series.

Jamaica has also been a headline mainstay on the club circuit, including being a regular anchor of the kinky, red-hot Pornceptual party in Berlin.

24 Oct Pornceptual, Berlin
25 Sep Transformator, Worclaw
05 Sep Pornceptual Open Air, Berlin
19 Aug Live at arch 0.1, Berlin
07 Mar 2204, Kiev
07 Feb FOLD, London
01 Feb Nitsa, Barcelona
25 Jan Pornceptual, Berlin
18 Jan Sweat Lodge at About Blank, Berlin
17 Jan Minimal Maxima, Paris
11 Jan Traum at Bastion, Osijek

2019
14 Dec Pornceptual at Alte Munze, Berlin
07 Dec Distilley, Leipzig
23 Nov Wilden Renate, Berlin
15 Nov Khidi, Tbilisi
09 Nov Electronic Lounge at Forum, Bielefeld
02 Nov Sprüdel, DC
01 Nov Techno Snobs, Phoenix
27 Oct Sunset Sound Boat Party, San Francisco
26 Oct Incognito, Los Angeles
24 Oct Hideout, Miami
18 Oct Pornceptual at Ruigoord, Amsterdam
12 Oct Pornceptual at Alte Munze, Berlin
28 Sep Kalif Storch, Erfurt
20 Sep La Gravière, Geneva
14 Sep Gare, Porto
13 Sep Wilden Renate, Berlin
23 Aug STIHIA Festival, Uzbekistan
16 Aug The Block, Tel Aviv
15 Aug Pergamon, Jerusalem
10 Aug STRØM, Copenhagen
09 Aug Mutate at Wigwam, Dublin
03 Aug Vogelball, Hamburg
26 Jul Milkshake Festival, Amsterdam
20 Jul Melt, Gräfenhainichen
18 Jul Tresor, Berlin
12 Jul Feel Festival, Bergheider See
29 Jun Lantern, Beijing
28 Jun Basi Rave, Chengdu
15 Jun WHOLE Festival, Gräfenhainichen
08 Jun Pornceptual, Berlin
29 May Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg
25 May KALT, Strasbourg
17 May Diskothek Melancholie 2, Berlin
11 May Pornceptual, Stockholm
02 May Dystopian at Zur Klappe, Berlin
28 Apr About Blank, Berlin
13 Apr Pornceptual, Berlin
12 Apr Disco Zwei, Mannheim
29 Mar Robot Ears, San Francisco
16 Mar Klub Verboten, London
15 Mar PAL, Hamburg
09 Mar Sektor Evolution, Dresden
08 Mar Griessmuehle, Berlin
23 Feb MS-Treue Club-Boat, Bremen
09 Feb Synthetik Minds, Los Angeles
01 Feb The Block, Tel Aviv
19 Jan About Blank, Berlin
01 Jan Wilden Renate, Berlin

2018

28 Dec BO18, Beirut
08 Dec Pornceptual, Berlin
08 Dec Verboten, Hannover
30 Nov HAMAM at City Club, Augsburg
24 Nov Wiggle Factor, Atlanta
19 Nov The Lot Radio, New York
17 Nov Output at Panther Room, Brooklyn
16 Nov Nitsa, Barcelona
20 Oct BLITZ, Munich
13 Oct Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
05 Oct HALL, Tallinn
28 Sep Beton Brut, Seoul
22 Sep HQ, Singapore
21 Sep Barrio by Pisco, Kuala Lumpur
20 Sep Red Ruby, Bali
16 Sep Wilden Renate, Berlin
14 Sep Q Club, Bucharest
08 Sep Wilden Renate, Berlin
01 Sep Kvarteret, Stockholm
24 Aug WHOLE Festival, Gremminer See
11 Aug Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
08 Aug Boiler Room, Berlin
29 Jul Milkshake Festival, Amsterdam
28 Jul Redlight Radio, Amsterdam
14 Jul Smolna, Warsaw
07 Jul Feel Festival, Bergheider See
16 Jun Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
26 May So & So, Leipzig
25 May Klangbiotop at About Blank, Berlin
14 Apr Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
07 Apr IONIC, Los Angeles
04 Apr Live at Housepitality, San Francisco
24 Mar Unter vs Hot Mass, New York
23 Mar Flash, DC
22 Mar The Lot Radio, New York
09 Mar Le Nouveau Numero Festival, Pau
10 Feb Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
27 Jan Oben Unten Uberall at Renate, Berlin
26 Jan Körper #3 at TBA, Dresden
13 Jan Live at Establishment Label Friends at Acud Macht Neue, Berlin
01 Jan NYE Renate, Berlin

2017

09 Dec Pornceptual, Berlin
02 Dec Renate, Berlin
11 Nov Pornceptual, Amsterdam
11 Oct Red Light Radio, Amsterdam
28 Oct Kameleont Warehouse of Horror, Stockholm
14 Oct Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
22 Sep Gradient Nights at Mensch Meier, Berlin
10 Sep 10 Jahre Renate, Berlin
24 Aug Whole Festival, Germany
12 Aug Pornceptual 4 Years, Berlin
05 Aug Garbicz Festival, Garbicz
22 Jul Live at Sunset Campout Festival, Belden
17 Jul The Lot Radio, New York
15 Jul Bushwick A/V Rooftop, New York
14 Jul TBA, Brooklyn
12 Jul Live at Free Willies Boat, Malmö
06 Jul Pornceptual Stage at Feel Festival, Bergheider See
10 Jun Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
03 Jun Uranus x Pornceptual, Stockholm
27 May Purge at Bertrams, Berlin
05 May Gipfel der Gönnung at Mensch Meier, Berlin
08 Apr Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
07 Apr Vinyl Stream atOye Records, Berlin
01 Apr Hal64, Copenhagen
25 Mar STAUB at About Blank, Berlin
18 Feb Somewhere in Berlin at Mensch Meier, Berlin
28 Jan Somewhere Festival Fundraiser at Inkonst, Malmö
21 Jan Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
14 Jan Kurz vor Weissensee at Mensch Meier, Berlin