Often regarded as electronic music royalty by credible music critics, Bristol grime and dubstep producer, Joker, has enjoyed a successful North American tour this Spring with Stööki Sound, a London-based tandem comprised of DJ Lukey and Jelacee. With the first date on April 14th actually across the pond in London, the remaining 24 tour dates have spanned the United States and Canada, hitting premier electronic music outposts like The Black Box in Denver and Bassmnt in San Diego. With the most recent show just last night at the U Street Music Hall in Washington D.C., Joker & Stööki Sound are slated to cap off their “Off the Endz Tour” tonight and Saturday at William Street Common in Philadelphia (tickets) and the infamous Middle East Downstairs in Boston (tickets).
Born Liam McLean, Joker is a 28-year-old producer who’s well regarded as a leader in dubstep and grime music. After launching his professional music career back in 2007, Joker’s since released over 30 different original works and has performed over 300 different events in over a dozen countries. Early in his career Joker was crowned Bristol’s “young prince of dubstep” by Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC before elevating his royal status to a “king of bass music” by music critics like XLR8R Magazine and MusicRadar, who delivered these accolades after attending his standout headlining performance at Spain’s Sonar Festival (headlined this year by the likes of Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Eric Prydz, Justice and DJ Shadow).
Throughout his 10 year professional career, Joker’s been credited with founding and pioneering the sub-genre “purple sound,” sometimes also called “purple wow sound,” “the purple wave,” “purple dubstep,” or sometimes simply “purple.” The sub-genre emerged in 2006 when Plastician started to advocate for the mixture of the explosively popular grime and dubstep scenes in South London. Using his Rinse FM and Radio 1 shows as a speaker box for this sonic innovation, Plastician featured Joker’s groundbreaking track “Gully Brook Lane” during his sets at the end of 2006 as a textbook example for the purple movement. While melody is typically minimalistic and mournful in dubstep, Joker’s “Gully Brook Lane” helped lead the way for purple sound by injecting more positive energy into the genre while also pulling in influences from G-funk and West Coast Hip-Hop. Alongside both Plastician and Bristol grime producer Gemmel Phillips aka GEMMY, the trio found immense success in the emerging dub step / grime scenes following “Gully Brook Lane” and have shaped purple sound over the past decade to where it stands today.
All-in-all, it would be foolish to sleep on these two tour-closing dates if you’re available and in the area. Joker’s a producer who’s taken the technology at his disposal and the influential sounds around him to build something new and develop his own realm of music. To stay on top of everything Joker, follow his Soundcloud and Facebook pages. Tickets and additional information for the last leg of the tour can be found below.
June 1st, Philadelphia, PA – William Street Common (tickets)
June 3rd, Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs (tickets)