Glenn Jackson’s been a music addict for as long as he can remember – growing up, he’d rummage through his father’s record collection, steal his brother’s tapes and CDs, and generally make noise with whatever he could find. In middle school, he picked up DJing from a friend and began dabbling in hip-hop production using rudimentary computer programs before eventually, through the magic of Napster, discovering electronic music.

A move to the Bay Area city of Oakland, CA further immersed Jackson in electronic music, studying production at a local art school and interning at the legendary, but sadly now defunct Recombinant Media Labs performance space in San Francisco where academic and experimental electronic performance was pushed to the edge and would open his mind to endless possibilities within electronic productions.

Over the past five years Glenn, who is still based in Oakland, has deservedly made a name for himself. Serving as one half of stoner/synth-pop outfit James & Evander and, more recently, as part of local projects Benefits and Hoodcats; all the while Jackson continues to be a force in pushing his city’s music community to the forefront by throwing events, running Oakland-centric blog Mapzzz, and in 2012 he founded the West in Dust label alongside fellow Oakland resident Elephant & Castle.

Morning Swim marks Glenn’s official debut release and serves as an introduction to the type of productions he both loves and makes his very own by fusing his influences and experiences – sample-heavy, synth-obsessed tracks hitting somewhere between bummed-out house and bliss-leading dance music.


Glenn Jackson