Trevor Jackson has been working at the forefront of audio and visual culture for over 20 years. The London based Creative Director, Moving-Image maker, DJ and Producer’s work has been exhibited at the ICA, Baltic, Guggenheim and Barbican, as well as on countless, seminal record covers. With its emphasis on visual as much as musical artistry and innovation, Jackson’s iconic Output Recordings label (1996-2006) set a new aesthetic standard prompting critics to declare it that decade’s equivalent to the legendary Factory records.
Jackson’s career began in 1987 when he formed design company BITE IT! creating cover artwork for 100’s of record sleeves for many early house, hip hop & rave releases. Jackson subsequently ventured into record production and remixing: working as The Underdog, his dark blend of hip-hop, psychedelia, avant-garde electronics and dub won him many admirers, and remix work for Massive Attack, U2 and Unkle followed. In 1996 he retired The Underdog alias and formed a new label, Output Recordings. Jackson’s art direction gave Output its unique and immediate visual identity, one intimately and inextricably linked to the groundbreaking records it released and distributed – music by Four Tet, LCD Soundsystem and Jackson’s own Playgroup project, among others.
His visual campaign for the band Soulwax received several prestigious awards, including the Tokyo TDC Non Members Prize, a D&AD Silver Pencil Nomination and Creative Review’s Best In Book. Jackson’s work has featured in the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition on minimalism, Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present. A sound and light installation for the launch of the BMW 1-series car saw Jackson combine his audio and visual interests to much acclaim, leading to his debut A/V live performance for the 2005 onedotzero festival in Tokyo. In 2007, Jackson showed work at Gateshead’s Baltic, as part of the Dazed vs Warhol exhibition, and created a real-time live A/ V performance entitled RGBPM, which premiered at the London IMAX cinema as part of the Optronica festival. In 2011 Trevor produced a sound & light performance for the launch of the LEXUS CT200h on Hollywood Blvd in LA, a visceral exploration of intense light & sub bass frequencies the installation literally stopped traffic and was broadcast on the primetime US TV show JIMMY KIMMEL.
In 2011 Jackson had his first solo show Nowhere at the KK gallery in London, video, photographic & screen printed works explored the innocence of natural light and colour, as well as the power of opposing astrological forces, A natural progression from his work as a commercial Image maker, these highly personal studies were equally as expressive as they were cathartic.In early 2014 a show featuring magnified microscopic images of vinyl grooves Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever was presented at the 12mail gallery in Paris, Abstract and explicit, these images pay tribute to the physical recorded medium and reflect Jackson’s engagement with the visualisation of music through art. In Febuary 2014 Trevor created a large-scale installation performance space Palindrome at the ICA in London as part of their Richard Hamilton retrospective. A mirrored environment encompassing DJ’s, live performers and the audience along with minimal lighting & intense sonics created a visceral & unique multi dimensional experience.
This year he presented FORMAT a collection of previously unreleased tracks each on available on 12 different physical formats (12”/10”/7” vinyl, CD, MiniCD, Cassette, USB, DAT, Minidisc, VHS, 8 Track & Reel to Reel) no ordinary album release and his first for 14 years – it charts the legacy of the physical music format, in a characteristically beautiful and uncompromising way, paying homage to physically released formats over the decades and also celebrating the artistry, design and individual experience of playing music via traditional methods. says jackson: “every copy of a physical recording is different, a real object that has its own little story – a one of a kind, personalised by the effort you put in to purchase it, each time you touch it, and the unique ritual that goes along with playing it. Released by The Vinyl Factory, and launched at their Brewer Street Car Park space in London, A multiscreen installation produced by Jackson offered people the first chance to experience the album as a unique audio visual experience as well as purchase all the limited edition formats.
Jackson remains an in-demand Producer, Sound designer, Remixer and DJ, and has worked with the likes of Dinos Chapman, Tiga and Warpaint, His classic mix for the renowned compilation series DJ KICKS (K7! 2003), is much like his own approach to creating music: an uncompromising blend of diverse sounds that traverse the sonic spectrum, His METAL DANCE compilations (Strut 2012/13) showcasing industrial, new wave & post punk classic & rarities from the 70’s & 80’s have been embraced by all generations, winning Resident Advisors Compilation of 2012 as well as numerous other end of year polls. With a forward-thinking approach driven by an enduring commitment to promote innovation and new talent, as well as extensive knowledge and respect for music history and its cultural roots, Jackson’s ability to communicate with the dancefloor, whether it be in large clubs like FABRIC (London) PANORAMA BAR (Berlin) REX (Paris) Festivals (Sonar, Glastonbury) High profile music, fashion & Art events (Kraftwerk at the Tate, Serpentine Summer party, V&A, Art Basel, LACMA) or smaller underground parties across the globe, as well as his regular fortnightly NTS radio shows keep him one of London’s most notable and well respected dj’s.