Jake Fairley aka Fairmont is an electronic music producer, live performer and DJ from Toronto, Canada. He began his career in the early 2000s making punk-rock-infused techno and electro under his own name for labels such as Kompakt, Sender and Dumb-Unit. However, it was his 2005 smash-hit Gazebo under his Fairmont pseudonym that solidified him as a heavyweight in the global underground scene. Released on James Holden’s Border Community label, Gazebo sold 20,000 vinyl copies, made Fairmont a household name and remains a club standard to this day.
His partnership with Border Community would continue for several years. In 2007 the album Coloured In Memory hit store shelves and became an instant classic in the melodic and indietechno scenes. The album showcased yet again Fairmont’s refusal to have a linear view of techno music by moving effortlessly between zeitgeist and influences that might have seemed completely out of place at the time, be it surf-rock, folk or kraut.
The next few years would see Fairmont’s sound evolving even further, incorporating dark-disco and goth elements into the mix, culminating in 2012 with his next album, Automaton. Released on My Favorite Robot Records, Automaton had a strong, albeit fresh 80s influence. With vocals dominating each of it’s 11 tracks, It was nothing short of an electronic pop opus.
Since Automaton Fairmont has been as busy as ever, touring every continent on the globe and putting out a steady stream of EPs. Recent releases such as Carthage (MFRR 2016) Shadows Of Mine (Suara 2017) and Brothers Keeper (Bedrock 2018) have been big club hits, getting played by such DJs as Maceo Plex, John Digweed, Sasha, Dixon etc.
Meanwhile he has revamped his all-hardware live rig by taking apart all of his machines and encasing the various circuit boards in clear, plastic, illuminated boxes he has brought the technical side of the show and made it much more visible to the audience. The end result is very special and unique both from an auditory perspective as well as visually.
Upcoming in 2019 will be 3 new Fairmont EPs – â€śFrozen In Glassâ€ť on John Digweedâ€™s Bedrock label, â€śStruthers Brothersâ€ť on Manpowerâ€™s NowNowNow imprint and â€śDeceive Meâ€ť on BOgâ€™s Atlant. He will also have 2 split EPs coming out on Clash Lion and Watergate Records.