“Never mind what’s on TV.”
Concise and true to life, that lyric from Jexy’s recent vocal cut “Human Emotion” nicely sums up the Canadian musician’s two-decade adventure in electronic music.
From his cassette tape & PC experiments in the 90s, through to his days in Edmonton’s pioneering electro duo DVAS in the early 2000s, and finally to the creation of his Good Timin’ label in 2013, Jex has always managed to do things his own way.
This singular approach has paid big dividends for the NYC-based producer and DJ: A clutch of well-received EPs, a celebrated LP and steady remix work have allowed Jex to DJ all over the world and connect with likeminded heads, diggers and dancers.
And 2019 will see him continue that DIY approach with a fresh all-hardware live set and the launch of a new sister label focused on the night club: Bad Timin’ Records.
On the subject of DJing, Jex regards himself as a servant to the party—with disco, house, electro and new wave influences all thrown into his eclectic mix.
You’ll also be likely to hear plenty of exclusive edits and originals as he sweats out one of his vinyl-heavy sets.
Indeed, versatility both in the booth and in the studio has been key to Jex’s recent run of success: From his melody-focused releases on Good Timin’ to his big room excursion on Gerd Janson’s Running Back, Jex manages to connect the dots across genres and scenes in a way that allows him to float above them.
One minute he’s playing a searing techno tune, the next it’s a stomping disco cut. One party might see him playing peak time, while the next day he might be playing an afternoon downtempo set.
Likewise, Jex’s production duo Conga Radio (with collaborator Roberto) has released an eclectic batch of tunes over the past three years, including 2016’s “Right Beside You,” an underground deep house hit which featured Jex on vocals.
A NYC resident since 2014, Jex’s busy touring schedule as a DJ and his label’s continuing success with listeners also point to his ability to straddle both the club and the home-listening worlds.
As Jexy says: “We’re in the bath, we’re in the bar, we’re in the club, we’re in the car!”