About Rex the Dog
Back in 2004 Jake read in a magazine about a synthesizer from 1974, the Korg 700S, which was used by Daniel Miller (founder of Mute Records) to make the record ‘Warm Leatherette’. Already fascinated by old synthesisers, Jake tracked down his own Korg and started to learn how it worked.
Shortly after, Jake made a track called 'Prototype' using only sounds from this synth and then a second song 'We Live In Daddy’s Car' also using just sounds from the Korg.
Teaming up with Rex, Jake released these first tracks as a 12” record with the German electronic label KOMPAKT.
Five more 12” singles followed, 'Frequency', 'Maximize', 'Circulate', 'I Can See You Can You See Me?' and 'Bubblicious'. After this, they released their first album 'The Rex The Dog Show'.
During this first phase, Jake and Rex produced remixes for other bands including The Knife, The Prodigy, Soulwax and Depeche Mode.
Later on they made remixes for Fever Ray, Tiga and Aeroplane.
Since the beginning Jake has made drawings, screen prints, models and animations which connect to the world Rex inhabits. When they play live or DJ, these animations are presented as part of the show.
Jake has worked with 3D animators and stop motion animators to make films to accompany the singles. The stop motion video for 'Bubblicious', a collaboration between Jake and French film maker Geoffroy De Crecy has been shown at animation festivals around the world and is cited by Jake as one of his favourite things ever ('We didn't actually make any of it, we just gave Geoffroy a hard time by telling him exactly what we wanted, which we definitely got').
Jake and Rex recently started their own regular party which is called BREED. It takes place every two months at Dalston Superstore in London. BREED has a music policy which is strictly electronic, and focuses purely on synthesiser and sequencer based music. That means anything from Synth Pop, Detroit techno, through Italo Disco, all the way up to the present day. But no real instruments or disco. Jake (along with a robot version of Rex) plays a two hour set each time, alongside friends and resident DJs RUFUS&Bambi (Elena Colombi) and Pleasure Cruiser (Nic Liu). There are lasers and smoke and screaming.
During summer 2012 Jake and Rex played a four date residency at Space Ibiza and now, in early 2013, Jake has been refining and testing out new Rex material at BREED. This has led to the completion of a new set of Rex material. The first new single 'Do You Feel What I Feel' features vocals by Jamie McDermott from the band The Irrepressibles and is released in May 2013 on Southern Fried Records.