PLANNINGTOROCK

PLANNINGTOROCK

English, Berlin-based producer Jam Rostron (formerly Janine) released her first EP in 2004 as Planningtorock under her own label, Rodstron Records. This was followed in 2005 with a compilation LP Carousel of Souls that featured songs from The Knife and The Soft Pink Truth. She sang backing vocals on the Badly Drawn Boy track ‘Outside is a Light 2’, a B-Side from the 1999 single ‘It Came From the Ground’. After signing to Chicks on Speed’s record label in 2006, Planningtorock released the limited edition 7″ single “Changes/I Wanna Bite Ya,” before her debut album was released the following summer. For its exuberance, eccentricity, and halfway-circus-and-madhouse atmospheres, she immediately hypnotized her audience. In 2010, Planningtorock collaborated with The Knife and Mount Sims to write an opera for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera, titled Tomorrow, In a Year, is based on Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. (In a manner of trivia, Rostron has worked for Bruce LaBruce as soundtrack-designer on several occasions.) With the aid of her voice and wild electronic atmospheres which set us in the twenty first century, in W, her second album (which James Murphy wanted to see released in DFA), she goes deeper when it comes to guide us through the unknown. And, for All Love’s Legal –where she makes use of androgenic voices, sui generis electronic and Orlan-like facial prosthetics–, we will see Jam absolutely devoted to questioning our traditional notions of gender and sexual identity. Her work will definitely be pervasive for our public after they see her in our edition this year.