JKriv is a Brooklyn-based producer, DJ, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, co-head of Razor-N-Tape Records and co-producer/guitarist of live disco band Escort.
JKriv is a Brooklyn-based producer, DJ, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and label-owner. With a professional musical career stretching nearly 2 decades, J has gained serious attention recently for his masterfully crafted disco reworks, original productions, and rousing DJ sets. A Traxsource Top-20 Nu Disco / Indie Dance artist for the past 2 years, his tracks have been played by DJs such as Derrick Carter, Disclosure, Andrew Weatherall, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Mark Farina, Greg Wilson, and have gained mainstream support from Drake and Majid Jordan in their Apple Music OVO Radio show, as well as legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and BB6’s Craig Charles.
Bringing a seasoned musicality to everything he touches, JKriv’s talent for organic production and songwriting is evident in his original songs Another Night, Make It Hot and Redo, as well as his recent disco opus Vertigo, released October 2018 on Joey Negro’s Z Records. A sprawling production with dazzling live instrumentation performed primarily by J himself, Vertigo shows J’s knack for seamlessly melding modern and retro club sounds.
With releases on Disco Deviance, Barefoot Beats, Secret Squirrels, Whiskey Disco and his own Razor-N-Tape among others, J has solidified his status as a master of the modern edit/rework, and has been called on to remix numerous artists such as Dimitri from Paris, Imagination, Escort and more. Luke Solomon recently tapped J to remix his anthemic Powerdance tune A Safe and Happy Place. J’s remix, another disco belter which set late-summer Ibiza dance floors alight, is set to drop October 2018 on Classic Music. A purveyor and curator of outer-national sounds as well, JKriv dropped Ferias ’77, an album of varied Brazilian reworks on Razor-N-Tape or RSD 2018, and also has remixed for Soundway Records and Africa Seven.
Like his productions, JKriv’s DJ sets showcase his deep and diverse taste, weaving eclectic disco, house, and offbeat selections together seamlessly, always with an ear for groove and harmony, and an eye to the dance floor. In addition to regular nights at hometown hotspots Black Flamingo, Le Bain, Good Room, Output and Elsewhere, J has performed and DJ’d in over 30 countries and nearly every state in the continental US, sharing bills with Todd Terje, Session Victim, Joey Negro, and many more. JKriv is also a foundational member of the live disco band Escort, co-writing, producing, and touring with the group at Coachella, Sasquatch Festival and innumerable club gigs around the world. JKriv has been announced on the lineup for the boutique Mareh Music festival in Brazil for NYE 2019.
JKriv’s talents as a tastemaker extend beyond the studio and DJ booth, as co-owner of respected Brooklyn record label Razor-N-Tape. RNT now boasts a 50 release-deep catalog that has garnered support and spins from some of the biggest names in modern dance music, and is one of the most respected and consistent new disco labels in the game today.