We speak to the Berlin-based producer about her new politically-charged album, which aims to shine light on issues of gender equality.
The Berlin-based producer, who recently changed her name from Janine Rostron to Jam Rostron, says the record is conceptually focused on her vision of "transnational gender equality." Speaking to RA, she said this latest record is dance floor-focused and carries more of a "punk attitude" than her previous full-lengths. Her most recent solo album, W, came out via DFA in 2011—in that same year she collaborated with The Knife and Mt. Sims for electronic opera project Tomorrow, In A Year. You can watch a video of album track "Welcome," directed by Rostron herself, over on YouTube. We spoke to the producer via email this week to discuss All Love's Legal:
Why did you choose to use gender equality and identity as central themes for this record?
Gender politics is where I am right now, and it is something that interests me. Last summer after touring W, I had a bit of a creative meltdown and wasn't sure about making music anymore—then I wrote "Patriarchy Over And Out," and suddenly the goal of the next album became clear.
Musically, how does this differ from W?
The biggest difference on this album is it has more dance tracks on it. I really wanna dance and especially while singing about these issues—i'd like to think there's a more punk attitude in this record.
Has life in your adopted hometown of Berlin influenced the album? Where exactly did you record it?
Berlin has afforded me so much over the years. Some of my most important friendships were formed here. I recorded the album in Berlin and worked entirely alone—I didn't want any filters because there was something very specific I needed to achieve with this LP. But parallel to working in a kind of self-inflicted solitude, I was surrounded by inspiring friendships which really supported me. Last spring me and my friend Olof set up a studio space here in Berlin—the space has a few rooms and we wanted to bring in other artistic friends. We currently share the space with fellow producers Hermione Frank, AKA Roxymore, and Paula Temple. It's a special place, very open and supportive, with lots of sharing of gear and knowledge and fruitful discussions.
Why did you change your name to Jam?
I just wanted to have a name that wasn't gender defined. I think the genderization of everything as we know it in society is one of the biggest causes of gender discrimination.
What else have you got in the pipeline for the rest of this year/early 2014?
Making some videos in November and December for the next singles, which I'm pretty psyched about. Then after Christmas we begin rehearsing the new show for the tour starting in February—Sarah Jones will be joining us as the drummer, which is mighty exciting stuff.Tracklist
02. All Love's Legal
03. Human Drama
04. Answer Land
05. Let’s Talk About Gender Baby
06. Words Are Glass
07. Misogyny Drop Dead
08. Beyond Binary Binds
10. Public Love
11. Purple Love
12. Patriarchy Over & Out
Human Level Records will release All Love's Legal on February 10th, 2014.