Soft Riot is JJD; a former Vancouverite now residing in the UK who has clocked in around twenty years of musical output in various bands and projects, including half a dozen art-damaged punk and hardcore bands as well as first-wave post-punk revivalists Radio Berlin.
His sound is an amalgamation of JJD’s personal experience with music, containing elements of synthesiser-based film soundtracks, romantic italo-style flourishes, throbbing arpeggiations and angular, psychedelic synth-pop all tied together with an underlying tension. It is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour.
When playing live JJD mans no less than three synthesizers, a microphone, an on-stage mixer, and a variety of outboard effects. Soft Riot has toured Europe numerous times, most recently France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium as well as Moscow and a number of UK cities. Stages have been shared with such peers as Keluar, She Past Away, Drab Majesty, Uncanny Valley, Lebanon Hanover, Noi Kabát, Robert Görl of DAF and more.