High humidity and a consistent dose of Miami Bass music has warped the mind of John ‘somejerk’ Gregory into something more freeform than definable.
More in common with IDM than EDM, Miami’s somejerk has relentlessly fused the fringe of bass music and experimental funk, simultaneously riding and destroying the line that defines them. Born with a unique perception of time and space, enhanced with technology and dumb luck, somejerk is unpredictable in BPM but consistent in flavor and heaviness.
First taking music “seriously” in 2007 when he was given the chance to open for Skream & Mala (Laundry Bar) and helping to push the first incarnation of the Miami Dubstep scene, John ‘somejerk’ Gregory’s influence in all things bass music can be traced back a bit further.
Starting out as a graphic designer, graduating to promoter and finally a DJ, somejerk has played every role in the rave and now focuses on his first and truest love – creating the music that people lose their minds to. All the while, mostly kept to himself, he was developing his own production style and take on bass music, a decade before he would ever touch the decks.
"I didn't really want to be a DJ, but no one was playing what I wanted to dance to.
In 2010, the Miami New Times called him the "best new electronica producer" in the annual Best Of awards, an accolade that motivated the then beginning DJ to pursue it for real. That lead to a series of DJ gigs and residencies at venues such as The Vagabond, home to Get Low, Bar Black, home to DOWN and many other underground bass events.
In 2012, SomeJerk established Signaflo, an underground bass music label curating releases from up and coming producers from around the world.
Recently, he has returned to curating and promoting events, collaborating with some of South Florida’s most talented DJ’s and producers.
SomeJerk (or somejerk, or SOMEJERK)
John Gregory II
Miami, FL USA
Melanie Gapany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scratch DJ Academy
For the last five and a half years, John 'somejerk' Gregory has taught hundreds of students from all over the worldas head of the music production department at Scratch DJ Academy in Miami.
John has had a direct influence on a large number of prospective music producers and DJ's. Interested prospective students can sign up for hourly private lessons at Scratch - or contact John directly for other options.
Established in 2012 as a means to release his own music, Signaflo has published original and genre ignoring bass music from artists ranging from Miami to the UK.
Most recently, somejerks' debut album "Solid State" was released in 2016 and two new monthly parties were introduced - BassLine in Miami and Fat Beats in Ft Lauderdale.
Using Signaflo as a vehicle to drive his musical interests, the label has evolved into a driving force in Miami's under ground bass music scene.
Graphic design and music production are a passion that's roots began at the exact same time.
Love for Photoshop was only paralleled by a curiosity for creating beats, and the duality of this affair has helped propel John into his current unique position.
Designing as CHROMA13, John creates most of the graphics used for promoting his events and releases, including album/mix art, web development and marketing strategies.