Soft Riot is JJD; a former Vancouverite who has clocked over fifteen years of musical output in various bands and projects. Moving from Vancouver to London UK in the late 2000s, Soft Riot came into full being, having released a couple of acclaimed albums and EPs and staging numerous tours around Europe. Soft Riot now has set up camp in Sheffield, a small UK city with a history of innovative synthesizer music.
With origins from the mid-nineties in the vibrant art-punk/hardcore dominating the West Coast American/Canadian underground at the time (the first EP, “No Longer Stranger”, is the name of a track by hardcore band Universal Order of Armageddon), JJD followed a trajectory through to the revival of synth-based post-punk music just over a decade or so ago, which spawned a number of highly successful Canadian artists out of that scene.
Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, early EBM, minimal synth, a dose of psychedelic synthpop and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, Soft Riot is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour.
Soft Riot has toured with Lebanon Hanover, desire artists Keluar and London’s Női Kabát and has done remix work for numerous artists, including desire artists TSTI and Keluar, the latter which has included a Soft Riot remix on their most recent CD on desire.
JJD was one of the main curators of the desire release ‘And You Will Find Them In The Basement‘ LP (dsr072), a compilation documenting London’s current synth/wave scene. He provided the liner notes outlining the inspiration for the release. He also contributed production work to A Terrible Splendour‘s album ‘Poseurs‘, also out on desire.
Soft Riot has put out the following releases:
‘No Longer Stranger’ – 2011 Panospria, re-released on LP/digital with extra tracks on Volar Records in 2013
‘Another Drone In Your Head’ – Spring 2013 on Tundra Dubs (Funerals, δAIMON)
‘Fiction Prediction’ – Summer 2013 on Volar Records (North America)/Other Voices (Europe) in LP/CD/Cassette format
‘And You Will Find Them In The Basement’ – compilation album released on desire (dsr072)
JJD also does graphic design under the name JJD Works, responsible for creating www.desirerecords.com.