Drummer and producer Jörn Bielfeldt (aka JBXDR) is an artist between worlds. His work kaleidoscopes between electronic and acoustic music, New York and Berlin and Papenwohld.
Born and raised in the idyllic countryside of the Schleswig-Holstein region, Germany, he moved to Boston at the age of 23 to study jazz drumming at the renowned Berklee College of Music. Soon fatigued by the academic intellectualisation of the term "jazz" and rigid categories of genres, he moved to NYC after his graduation, where he continued to develop his music and skills, inspired by numerous collaborations.
"Wave Talk", his debut release as solo artist JBXDR, is a fusion of worlds and technologies in album form. The New York subway bounces off tractor sounds from farmlands, YouTube samples on breakbeats, fast-paced Berlin noise on Pacific waves and winds – fabricated by a Roland SPD SX.
JBXDR curates an individual setup for every track: composed of hundreds of different samples and rhythms, which pave the way for his improvisation between jazz, techno, and hiphop. Through this technique he demonstrates wonderfully warm sound collages (Wave Talk, Surfing a Wave of Populism) on mechanical funk as well as floaty groovy beats (Accelerate Everything), which are always organically arranged during live shows.
For JBXDR, being a solo drummer means constantly expanding tonal boundaries and connecting musical traditions with the mainstream.
In the press
Clash Magazine - "JBXDR ... is one of the most potent new voices in Germany's electronic underground."
Beatselector Magazine - “By far, this album is unlike anything you’ve probably heard all year or perhaps ever... Once you hit the play button, you’ll be hearing music like no other. It mystifies and amazes...”
Broadway World Music - "JBXDR's latest LP and magnificent body of work, "Wave Talk" is a mystifying journey like no other..."
Data Transmission - "The full album is a breathe to behold and we fully recommend checking it out."
Techno Music - "The upcoming LP Wave Talk is nothing short of colorful, carefully constructed and energetic potency. A collage of love, life and everything in between."