Profile : Residing in a city known more for motor sports than music, Adam Jay has proven himself to be a prominent figure in the world of techno through musical output alone. Classically trained since childhood, his influences span styles of music from around the world. His first output was shared between jazz and funk as an aspiring Clarinetist and Bassist. His passion for having complete control of both the rhythm section and the lead section lead Adam away from traditional bands and ensembles and towards electronic music production.
DJing at the age of 16 in 1997, Adam’s skills as a performer were quickly developed. Performing at the historic East Town Theatre (in its hay-day hosting the likes of Hendrix, Joplin, and James Brown) in Detroit on his 18th birthday marked the true beginning of an illustrious career as a DJ. Live Pa’s naturally followed with the request of a live performance alongside Marco Carola and Funk D’Void in 2001.
Azure Records was formed in 1998 by Adam Jay as an expression of funk and soul within techno music by various American artists, unknown and well known. Outside of Azure, Adam’s debut 12” output was heard on Placktown Sounds #23 “Ornithopter”. An immediate classic in the global techno community, this release paved the way for the timeless EP on Primevil, “The Wrath”. Other releases soon followed on Sweden’s Zync Records, and England’s Primate Recordings. Chromagnon Recordings was then formed by Adam Jay as an outlet for more up front and menacing tracks. When DJ T-1000 was asked about Adam’s recent output on such labels the response was simply “Damn!”
As a DJ and producer, Adam was consulted as a resource for the book “A Study of Rhythm and Meter in Electronic Dance Music” by Mark Butler. “The Punish Techno Show” radio program in Dublin, Ireland has also requested exclusive live performances from Adam for broadcast. Other accomplishments include a sponsorship by the German company Music and More (MAM) as thanks for the exceptional use and promotion of their products, and the licensing of “The Wrath” on DJ C-1’s Intec Records mixed compilation, “Shifting Gears”.