Here is a new interview conducted with Electronic North, a new UK music site based out of Manchester featuring artists in the northern parts of the UK. Thanks to Adrian Thompson who gave the opportunity to provide answers to a number of questions…
Residing in Glasgow via Sheffield, London and Vancouver, Soft Riot is an artist who’s been rocking the synths for the best part of 20 years across various bands and projects. He describes his current output as ‘art punk synth disco’ and you should absolutely be checking it out. We caught up with JJD for a chat as part of our Featured Artist series.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s the story behind Soft Riot and how would you describe your sound?
My name is JJD (Jack Duckworth) and I’m a Vancouverite currently residing in Glasgow after spending some time in London and a little bit in Sheffield. I moved to the UK almost 10 years ago from Canada. I’ve been playing in bands for the better part of 20 years, probably the one I’m known most for back in the homeland would be the “new wave” band Radio Berlin.
Soft Riot started very, very slowly in 2006 when I was still in Vancouver. I was playing in other bands at the time and I was using Soft Riot as a vehicle to try out ideas with electronic music that didn’t suit a band format, mainly as the music was too minimal and too specific the in musical detail that I had in mind that would have made it difficult working in a collaboration. I barely did anything with it until early 2011, a few years after I moved to the UK when I released an initial EP, “No Longer Stranger”. I started performing live with Soft Riot in mid-2011 in London.
Read the whole interview here
Germany meets Canada! Soft Riot has recorded a version of the Canadian classic “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” for an exclusive release on the Young & Cold IV Festival Compilation, out now on Young & Cold Records based out of Augsburg, Germany.
The song was originally written and recorded by Canadian songwriter Bruce Cockburn on his 1984 album Stealing Fire.
The compilation itself features a great collection of tracks from synth/wave and post-punk artists around Europe including Alles, Nao Katafuchi, Totenwald, Ben Bloodygrave, Zwarte Poëzie and more as well as core artists on the label such as Nacht Analyze, Paradox Sequenz, Adam Uzi and Endlose Emotion.
You can stream the track below and if you’re keen to find out more and purchase the compilation, check out Young & Cold Records and drop them a line.
Years Of Riot (Mixtape 2016)
The Swedish online music magazine Repartiseraren recently got in touch to ask if they could compile a mixtape of Soft Riot material into an online mix. The result is a 2 hour retrospective of material. Here’s more info from Repartiserarnen themselves:
“Soft Riot is just not another electronic act to me. He produces a very special sound with his music that resonates with my experimental and my electronic side. Every album he releases seem to have been crafted from perfection itself. To show off his skills and tracks, Repartiseraren have created a mixtape that spans from his first album No Longer Stranger (2011) to his forthcoming Sounds In Alternate Pictures (2016), a compilation album of remixes done by Soft Riot between 2012 and 2016.”
“As you’re going to hear everything from the start til’ the end, there’s also some miscellaneous songs that have been included for your pleasure, as well as exclusives from his forthcoming remix album.” READ MORE
Following the the previous two videos for “You Never Know What Might Come Next” and “For Your Entertainment” over the past several months, here is the third and final video to be released from the latest album, You Never Know What Might Come Next for the track “You Are A Caged Dancer”. Following the style of artwork from the various albums, this video is a collage of images showing impossible landscapes, dreams and other things. READ MORE
Originally airing this past Monday, January 18th on the Doncaster Electronic Foundation‘s weekly Monday night show, I was asked to provide a playlist of songs that I had some connection or personal engagement with. The playlist is likely a bit of an oddball mix of songs given that my musical interests when I was young were a bit unorthodox. Given that there’s a few “lost” gems in there including 90s synthesizer/post-hardcore band The VSS and their one album “Nervous Circuits”, some lesser known Canadian synth bands from back in the day as well as some tracks from projects I was involved in that have been dragged out of the vaults. READ MORE