An eventful Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but the dancing won’t stop. On Saturday, Sept. 26 we will come together once more in the basement bar of the Dnipro Ukranian Center for Origins. Last week the Sequencer spotlighted some of the artists on the lineup, put together by Igloo co-founder Paul Kuenzi and Charlie Abbott.
In the second part of this series, we will meet Jessica Lyn, a fresh new face from Denver, Colo. by way of Buffalo. She moved to this city from the Hudson Valley in 2004. While not a Buffalo native, Jessica adamantly states that moving to Buffalo was the best decision she could have made for her journey through music.
“Buffalo gave me the tools that sculpted the adult I am today, and I’m proud to say that,” she said. With the help of some friends, Jessica found herself falling into the world of electronic music. Lucky to have the musical powerhouse of Toronto nearby, she became enamored with Break&Enter parties, which brought a slew of high-quality underground events.
Finding footholds in the funk, soul, and disco influences of house music, she also found herself drawn to the deep and intelligent sounds that techno brings. Jessica credits a part of her humble beginnings to Buffalo’s own Lydia Wrobel, better known as Bflo Lydia, who strongly encouraged her to learn to spin and let her borrow a set of turntables.
It wasn’t until early this year that she bought her own turntables and began pushing herself to play by ear, making it very clear “no laptops or sync buttons allowed in this house!” Due to her multifaceted interests, Jessica has described herself as “an M&M, with a hard techno shell and an ooey-gooey house center.” With names like Four Tet, Ben Klock, Luxxury, Gene Farris, Maceo Plex, Bicep, and Oliver $ making appearances in her playlists, she will be sure to bring a well-rounded sound to the party.
Stay tuned next week for a profile on Paul Kuenzi.