Born to Grime and adopted by Dubstep, 19-year-old Joker refuses to be tagged although, his soul drenched productions have been described as Jehri Curl Boogie and Wiley stuck in an elevator with Cameo.
He burst onto the Dubstep and Grime scenes in 2008 with the vibrant ‘Grimey Princess’ and ‘Gully Brook Lane’ which were released on Earwax and Plastician’s Terrorhythm imprint respectively. His productions possess a rare duality in that they are both instantly identifiable yet impossible to classify. His musical peers include Rustie, Gemmy and Kode 9, the Hyperdub label boss and recognised tastemaker, identified Joker as one to watch when he named him as his protégée for Mary Anne Hobbs’ hugely seminal follow-up to Dubstep Wars, Generation Bass which was broadcast worldwide on BBC Radio 1. Joker and Nomad’s video can be viewed on Youtube and in testament to the level of interest in this Bristolian talent, continues to be the highest viewed video of the Maida Vale session.
His productions are battered by DJs including Appleblim, Pinch, Plastician and Rustie, he’s recently been named Pitchfork’s Producer Of The Year and Kapsize002, his latest release on his own imprint sold out in 2 days.
As we move into the unknown of 2009, Joker is one of the shining stars that can be seen in the distance.