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Planningtorock
Planningtorock press 2020 credit Goodyn Green.jpg
Planningtorock in 2020
Date of birth 26 January 1972
Place of birth Bolton, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Pronouns they/them[1]
Gender identity nonbinary[1]
Occupation musician, producer

Jam Rostron, better known by their stage name Planningtorock or PTR, is an English electronic musician and record producer who lives in Berlin, Germany.

They began to identify as genderqueer around 2010, and as nonbinary around 2014.[2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Rostron studied at Blackburn College of Art on the Foundation course in 1990 together with Patrick Bridge, Andrew Hine, Lisa Roberts amongst others. Rostron then enrolled in an art school in Sheffield before moving to Berlin in 2002. In 2004, they launched their label Rostron Records with Planningtorock's EP Eins, following it in 2005 with a compilation LP Carousel of Souls that featured songs from The Knife and The Soft Pink Truth.[3] They sang backing vocals on the Badly Drawn Boy track "Outside is a Light 2", a B-Side from the 1999 single "It Came From the Ground".[4]

2006–2009: Have It All[edit | edit source]

Performing in Munich in 2007

After signing to Chicks on Speed's record label in 2006, Planningtorock released the limited edition 7" single "Changes/I Wanna Bite Ya", before their debut album was released the following summer.[5]

In 2006, Planningtorock remixed the song "Marble House" by The Knife.[6]

2010–2011: Tomorrow, In a Year and W[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Planningtorock collaborated with The Knife and Mount Sims to write an opera for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera, titled Tomorrow, In a Year, is based on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Tomorrow, In a Year was later released on 9 March 2010, by Mute Records and received generally favourable reviews from contemporary critics; according to the music review aggregation of Metacritic, it garnered an average score of 67/100.[7]

Rostron worked as the sound designer and componist for the Bruce LaBruce film The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange in 2010.[8]

Rostron began correspondence with electronic musician James Murphy after he sent them a fan email that said 'Really like the Planningtorock stuff – just saying." Murphy later invited them on LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver tour before signing them to his label DFA Records. Planningtorock co-wrote the song "Answering Machine" from the album From the Cradle to the Rave by DFA label-mate Shit Robot in 2010.[9] DFA released Rostron's second studio album W on 17 May 2011.[10] Rostron had been working on the album's songs since 2007, eventually writing more than 27 songs.[11] W received positive reviews from contemporary critics; according to the music review aggregation of Metacritic, it garnered an average score of 72/100.[12] The album included a cover of Arthur Russell's song "Janine."

2012–2013: EPs and All Love's Legal[edit | edit source]

In an interview with Resident Advisor, Rostron stated: 'Last summer after touring W, I had a bit of a creative meltdown and wasn't sure about making music any more—then I wrote "Patriarchy Over And Out," and suddenly the goal of the next album became clear'. During this period Rostron legally changed their name to Jam so as to have a non-gendered name. They also revealed that in the Spring of 2012 they set up a studio space with Olof Dreijer (of The Knife), Hermione Frank (AKA Roxymore) and Paula Temple.[13]

Rostron states that "Patriarchy Over And Out" was a turning point 'which was the beginning of being more direct and experimenting with being more political'.[14]

On 8 March 2013 Rostron released Misogyny Drop Dead EP[15] and in mid-July released a vinyl-only remix of "Full of Fire" by The Knife "Let's Talk About Gender Baby".[16]

On 29 October 2013 Rostron announced a third studio album All Love's Legal[17] along with a music video for its opening track "Welcome".[18]

2018-present: Powerhouse[edit | edit source]

On 31 August 2018, Rostron released "Transome", as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Powerhouse. It was followed by a second album track, "Much To Touch" on 12 October 2018. Both were released via Human Level / DFA Records.

Powerhouse includes several tracks in which they sing about their family and childhood in Bolton, England. The title track is a tribute to Rostron’s mother: "She's basically the powerhouse of the record. It was the hardest track to write, to pin down and express my love and adoration for my mum, because there's so many things that she's done for me, for the family, for my sister. She's the powerhouse, for sure."[2]

Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Instagram bio, retrieved 20 October 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hudson, David (12 October 2018). "Meet the genderqueer pop star you didn't realize you need in your life". Gay Star News. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  3. Martin Piers. "Girlie Action". Girlieaction.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Badly Drawn Boy - It Came From The Ground". Discogs.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "CHICKS ON SPeeD RECORDS". Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Knife, The – Marble House (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Tomorrow, In a Year Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange (2010) – Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "RA News: Shit Robot goes From The Cradle to the Rave". Resident Advisor. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. Fitzmaurice, Larry (4 March 2011). "New Release: Planningtorock: W". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. Mcfarlane, David (23 May 2011). "Planningtorock interview: "It's all I do. I love it."". Dummymag.com. Retrieved 23 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. "W Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. "Planningtorock returns with All Love's Legal". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. "New Sounds Battling the Fear of Queer: Planningtorock – Telekom Electronic Beats". Electronicbeats.net. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. "PlanningToRock - Misxgyny Drxp Dead". Discogs.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. "The Knife - Let's Talk About Gender Baby (Planningtorock Full Of Fire Remix)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. "PLANNINGTOROCK". Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. "Welcome - Planningtorock". YouTube. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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