Bernholz is musician, sculptor and filmmaker Jez Bernholz, who composes, performs and produces experimental pop using a combination of 4 track, casio synths, digital samplers and sequencers. The critical response to his ‘Madonna quoting’ debut single ‘Austerity Boy’ (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, 2012), established a promising first impression in UK press and radio, with support from BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing (Simon Price), and select tastemakers 20 Jazz Funk Greats.
Two years in the making, Bernholz’s debut album, ‘How Things Are Made’, was Written in part as homage to legendary concept LPs such as Hounds of Love (Kate Bush, 1985), Low (David Bowie, 1977), and Big Science (Laurie Anderson, 1982); ‘How Things Are Made’ is a cyclic suite of delicately layered cinematic soundscapes, contrasted against bold and fiercely catchy pop songs. It was released on Anti-Ghost Moon Ray/Cupboard Music in September 2014. A new LP, ‘The Innermost Surfaces In Eggshells’ is due for release later this year.
Bernholz is one quarter of record label and artist collective ‘Anti-Ghost Moon Ray’, which has seen the release of albums and EPs by Acquaintance, Gazelle Twin and Great Pagans. He was also a founding member of the artist-run gallery and studio space, thirtyfive-a. An alternative gallery and studio in the heart of Brighton, the ambitious collective acquired high acclaim in its short existence, receiving Arts Council funding. It was considered a valuable resource which provided a platform for emerging new artists at the start of their careers. As well as collaborations with other arts organisations including Fabrica and Phoenix Art Gallery, thirtyfive-a also co-created the publication ‘Vacuum’, an original arts editorial.