Joakim (FR)

Since 1999, when he released his debut album as Joakim Lone Octet (an electro-jazz exercise in style on Future Talk, the experimental sub-label of Versatile), Joakim has been a tough musician to pinpoint. An ex piano student at the Conservatory, the man has taken great efforts to avoid being pigeonholed and has grown on the outskirts of the French Touch and international Club scenes, becoming one of their major players but refusing to permanently associate with any crew, current, style or genre. Year after year, Joakim has gathered experiences that confirm his global vision of music and explored many facets of the musical spectrum : a musician with five albums under his belt; an outstanding DJ whose huge musical spectrum makes him equally at home at Panorama Bar, and outdoor rave or an art show afterparty; a label founder and manager (the fantastic Tigersushi and the recent vinyl-only Crowdspacer imprint); a self-taught graphic designer (he designs his record covers and most of the label’s artworks); a producer (for Panico, Poni Hoax, Zombie Zombie, Y.O.U., Montevideo...); a high-profile remixer who sends the tracks he works on into another galaxy (Antena, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Todd Terje etc…); a fashion enthusiast (he launched Tigersushi Furs with his cousin); a sound designer for catwalks (Chanel, Margiela, Balenciaga); and a step into contemporary art, working on Camille Henrot's installations and videos (who won the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale with the video Grosse Fatigue) or making his own sound installations (Gwangju Biennale in 2014 curated by Jessica Morgan). From Fantômes in 2003, deviating house music from the end of the 90’s, to Nothing Gold in 2011, a vision of pop music as defined by the DFA label, and the more cerebral, frosty and metallic Monsters & Silly Songs in 2006, Joakim has left his fingerprints on current electro, modernizing and hybridizing it, with no concern for schools and genres, taking his inspiration from new wave as well as Krautrock, Noise and Disco, Soul and Pop, Ambient and House… That genre-bending approach is also the basis of Joakim's unique DJ style. In the path of his Dj heroes such as Larry Levan, Harvey or Optimo, Joakim will always surprise his crowd with a real journey through music, being at ease in super clubs like Berghain in Berlin or Output in NYC as well as in small sweaty underground parties or fancy art openings. Besides being a much in demand DJ, Joakim also performs live with a band, combining his electronic wizardry with live instruments within open structures. Some described Joakim's first live shows as a weird mix between LCD Soundsystem's electronic disco sound and Sonic Youth's noisy hypnotic textures. In 2013, Joakim moved from Paris to New York where he recorded his fifth album « Tropics Of Love » and built his new studio located in Gowanus, Brooklyn (the Crowdspacer studio www.crowdspacer.nyc). That is when he's not busy Djing somewhere in the world or touring with his live band. Workaholic you said?
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