Perhaps due to his relative youth and inexperience, Jim E Scavenger’s DJ sets up to the age of ten are, objectively, relatively forgettable. Competent and functional as they were, they leave little lasting memory. That’s not to say they weren’t pleasant, but really they were like a motorway service station sandwich. They served a purpose, but left you wanting something more substantial.
It is only around the age 11, following an incident in the sewers of New York with radioactive gloop, that Jim would discover “his” sound. As the neuro-poisons bonded with his DNA, Jim felt renewed enthusiasm for the art of DJing and under the strict tutilage of his pet rat Xiansheng Sensaî, Jim threw out the rule book, eschewing traditional mixing techniques in favour of a more abrasive head on style. This approach – that has been compared to brutalist architecture – would see Jim quickly establish himself in the field as a no compromise DJ that even today, few can compare with. Of course, the dramatic change in oeuvre did inevitably lead to Jim losing his daily Drive-time slot on BBC Radio 2, but traffic jam radio’s loss was the underground’s gain.
Stand out moments in the J E S timeline are his landmark set at the WWF world summit, where he played a piece of fiberglass for three hours, and his third long playing album which reached number one in 48 countries and remains the only spoken word techno album to have sold more than one copies.
Jim E Scavenger won the Taylor Tea award for a lifetime contribution to Hard Techno in 2017 and it seems likely more awards will follow soon.
If you can find him, and if you can afford him, maybe you can book Jim E Scavenger.
Dj Trev, New York Times, November 2018.