Musicality that Runs in the Family

I guess it’s true what they say, talent really does run in the family. Such is the case with English electronic artist Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson). A quick look at his family tree would yield a pretty interesting musical pedigree.

Ceephax Acid Crew, the staunchly old school acid techno legend, is his brother. A third brother named Jonny Jenkinson also is an accomplished drum and bass DJ and occasionally performs in support of his siblings.

Whatever the case may be, there’s no sibling rivalry in the ultra-talented Jenkinson family. Their works may belong in the same genre but they’re never in the same wavelength as far as their artistic approach and presentation are concerned.

Squarepusher’s style is different from his siblings in that his music is ultra-fast and is what can only be described as the amalgamation of cut-up beats, synth lines, fusion jazz and samples. A self-taught expert-level drummer and bass guitar player, Squarpusher’s envelope-pushing approach to electronic music has won him high praises from music critics over the years.

Perhaps one common trait that Squarepusher shares with his equally talented brothers is that he’s a brilliant live performer. In fact, his ingenious approach to his live acts has enabled him to be invited in notable events/projects such as BBC Radio 1’s The Breezeblock show (where he appeared twice) and the London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of the Show “Songs of Experience” a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

It goes without saying that the musical talent that Squarepusher shares with his brothers is undeniable which begs the question: Is there really such a thing as the ‘music gene’? Well, I guess we’ll never know. For the time being, just listen to Squarepusher’s music because it’s awesome! That is my opinion and such is beyond contestation!


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