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Beginning with his roots in the seminal D.C. and NY hardcore scenes through his current guise as a turntable terrorist, Thee Joker has always been a champion of aggressive bass driven sounds. Beginning with piano as most kids do Thee Joker moved on to guitar and bass eventually playing with Hardcore bands in the D.C area. After moving back to his family's home ground of New York in the early 90's he discovered a lack of people with shared vision and his love of Hip Hop and Hardcore's DIY mentality morphed into drum machines and turntables. At his cousin's suggestion that he "always played people the best part of the song" Thee Joker, with the help of renowned house DJ Chris Bjork, dropped his first vinyl for the public at NYC's famed Webster Hall.
As part of the music/performance art group Master IT Thee Joker performed at such hallowed venues as Limelight, The Tunnel, Sound Factory, Webster Hall, Esso, and Cafe Con Leche during the rise of electronic music in NYC. It was through these shows that he received the opportunity to travel to Berlin and perform at the legendary Love Parade in 1995 alongside the infamous Armand Van Helden, Josh Wink and Supa DJ Dimitri. Upon returning to NYC and finishing his degree at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy he began devoting his time to music production and Turntablism completing tracks with partner Lloyd Sherman. While appreciating the house and techno sound of New York at events like N.A.S.A and Save the Robots Thee Joker developed a resonance with Jungle and DnB through Liquid Sky and its basement jewel Temple Records. He further honed this sound with the encouragement of Giant Step & Junglenut Dj Lion in the dim lit bars of lower Manhattan.
In 1998 Thee Joker was invited to perform in Vienna, Austria at a Familienurlaub party held at the Flex nightclub as co-headliner with DJ Rush. Attracted to the change of scene, the open minds and open arms that he was received with he decided to move to Vienna full time to continue his music career. While living in Vienna Thee Joker traveled extensively - performing in Austria, Germany, Czechoslavakia and Italy, both solo and as part of the DJ crew Th3 G4ng whose weekly 5 hour radio shows on FM4 showcased the talents of 6 DJs and multiple genres. Soon thereafter he was invited to Cologne Germany by Dr. Walker of Air Liquide and became part of the Liquid Sky posse, continuing the lineage that began in NYC with the association to Liquid Sky and Temple Records. Before leaving Austria Thee Joker's vinyl releases began with his inclusion on Berlin based Pharma Records' "Its Pharma Time" alongside Jammin' Unit of Air Liquide, Bad Street Boy and DMX Krew. After several releases on Cologne based Hotel Lotte and Harvest Records compilations Thee Joker, as part of Reissdorf Force, released the full length album "Smart Dust" for EMI records.
Upon returning to the US Thee Joker and Chase Dobson (c.db.sn) formed f(x):function as a vehicle for their twisted brand of live EDM they dubbed "Machine Funk Decimation." This project culminated in the full length album "Sketching Pieces of Scattered Silence" which included a wide swatch of their IDM/Electro/Hip-Hop/techno sound and even a one-off "Live" DnB performance. Continuing to perform live and DJ in the Tampa area since its release Thee Joker began searching for alternatives to the watered down sound being played all around him. Going back to his turntablist roots in DnB and Hip Hop he steadily began pushing a more bass heavy sound with broken beat and 2step as antidote to house and breaks, including many of these tracks on his Mix Cd "Smooshed."
Having never abandoned his interest in the dark and grittier side of Hip Hop he continued to collect raw tracks from the UK's Grime scene and its evolution into Dubstep. As an early adopter of this sound in the US Thee Joker has spent the past few years back behind the boards and the decks both solo and as part of the performance collective Static Grooves alongside DJ Q and Redvoid of Defcon 6. Never satisfied with the sounds in his head Thee Joker and Polish Pat (of uAnimals) decided it would be a good idea to launch a record label called "Low Pass Records" dedicated to "All Things Bass." 2012 ended with 16 releases on the label, most of which charting in the Top 50 on Beatport.
2013 brings things full circle yet again as "Trap" rears its head and Thee Joker uses his turntablist skills to educate a new club going public to the truth that "Boom Bap" will never die. And if thats not enough Joker has teamed with long-standing DNB icons Force Recordings and Stepping Forward Records to release a label compilation mix combining new, old and as yet unreleased gems from both catalogs.
More Machine Funk Decimation to follow...stay tuned....