Jamaica Suk

Gradient | L.a.g. | Sub tl | Based in Berlin Germany

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BIOGRAPHY

A lifelong 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 own vinyl 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 – studying bass guitar in her teens, play-ing in jazz and grindcore, math rock and shoegaze bands, before getting deep into the Bay Area’s house and techno underground. Jazz musician by day, DJ by night, she quickly became established throwing monthly parties at 222 Hyde Street and in grimy 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 musi-cal chops, meeting with an intuition for minimalism and repetition from Reich and Pan Sonic to techno classics, perfectly set up the move to Berlin.

Based in the German capital since 2012, Jamaica has honed her production language, working in a studio tucked above the hedonistic dance labyrinths of the Wilden Renate club. And with equal parts German and Pacific, her music has earned a following for its postmodern, melodic narratives, soul and industrial sounds in balance.

On the production side, that’s meant a steady stream of releases on some revered boutique labels, including for Face to Face, Sub tl, and on vinyl for L.A.G. Keeping with the milieu of producing for the discerning digger, she now turns her aesthetic perfectionism to her vinyl-only Gradient, debuting with her own music and a Cassegrain remix, 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, playing there alongside Eric Cloutier, Boris, Norman Nodge, and others, as well as playing Garbicz Festival after Rodhad, the Sunset Campout, Whole Festival, and many others.2018 promises a packed calendar, plus new releases on Gradient, Wunder-block and Establishment. Jamaica’s musical wellspring looks deep, indeed.

SELECTED PRODUCTIONS

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Art Vs. War’ EP :: Gradient (Vinyl Only) :: Jan 2018

V/A :: ‘STHLM Undeground Part 1’ :: Street Life Rhythm :: Nov 2017

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Kontort’ EP :: L.a.g. (Vinyl Only) :: June 2016

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Deep Meridian’ EP :: Sub tl :: Feb 2016

Remix :: ‘Daydream’ EP :: Invert Music Group :: Nov 2016

Remix :: ‘Imaski’ EP :: Establishment :: July 2016

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Trusst’ EP :: Face to Face :: Nov 2015

V/A :: ‘Feral Cuts, Vol 2’ :: Bad Animal :: July 2015

Remix :: ‘Body to Body’ EP :: Blue Cube :: Nov 2014

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Spektrum’ EP :: Face to Face :: Nov 2014

V/A :: ‘Qurated’ EP :: Face to Face :: Feb 2015

V/A :: ‘Indian Summer Vol 1’ :: Touch of Class :: Oct 2013

Remix :: ‘As The Story Goes’ EP :: Sleaze Records :: Oct 2013

Jamaica Suk :: ‘Embers’ EP :: Coal :: Dec 2013

NEWS

Jamaica Suk plays Techno as the main resident for the infamous Pornceptual Berlin events, where she exhibits her diverse prowess with peak-time sets. Look out for her deeper storytelling podcasts, as well as new productions on her own imprint Gradient nd her latest Groove Mag podcast & interview.

DATES

28 Dec BO18, Beirut
08 Dec Pornceptual, Berlin
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