||James Kirsch (or JimmyK) studied himself some e-lectronic music at a small liberal arts school/conservatory named Oberlin. It's in Ohio, near Cleveland, and not much else.
One day, a small yet innovative company named Propellerheads came up with a stellar piece of music software called Reason which completely changed my life. It basically allowed me to have a giant modular studio like I did at school, only now it was all virtual on the computer. I started tooling around with the software and got mightily inspired. So much, that I made an album, called General Fuzz (2002). People seemed to dig it after they sat with it for a bit. At that time I released my music under the musical moniker "DJMessy", because my nickname at Oberlin was "Mr. Messy" (people called me mess), and I threw DJ in there to give it a musical edge.
After Inner Sunset, I discovered a new piece of software called Live, created by the good people at Ableton. This software integrated a musical technology called VST, which allowed me use all sorts of new virtual instruments. Live also has sophisticated digital audio recording capabilities, which means I could start having my friends (who are quite musically talented ) come over and work on stuff collaboratively in my studio. I also decided at this time to change my musical moniker to General Fuzz. People would ask me "where do you spin?", which is a fair question if I'm introducing myself as DJMessy. I didn't like answering that question. Thus the name change.
I finished up Messy's Pace just in time for Burning Man 2005 (my fourth year in a row). I went up, had a fantastic time, and gifted 500 copies of it to unsuspecting people. In the months that followed I got a bunch of emails from people who really enjoyed it. That was most encouraging.
I really wanted to explore the collaborative writing process further after Messy's Pace. I started gigging a little more, and began to meet more musicians. I also started composing songs with parts for other instruments. I learned more about recording techniques and how to push the technology farther. Musicians would come over and totally inspire me with new parts, directions, and ideas for songs. After hundreds of hours of composing, tweaking, and polishing, I released my fourth album, Cool Aberrations, in the beginning of 2007. This album is a tribute to the power of collaboration. The tracks range from soothing melodies to raging funk jams. If you are interested, I created a page describing the making of this album here.
People ask me why I am not selling this music. Mostly it's because I have a day job and my underlying goal is to have my music heard. I know in my heart that there are a few people who will really resonate with my music - I want to maximize the probability that my music will find those people. So all I ask is that if you like my music, please tell other people to check out the website.