PJ Norman is an artist and producer whose methods include guitar, programming, sound recording, acoustic feedback, audio collage, the utilisation of location recordings and sound-concrète. Through combinations of these forces he places traditional songwriting elements into spaces that are affected by avant-garde treaments, feeling that the blurring of lines between disciplines reveals a space between the familiar and the new.
He trained at City University London under electro-acoustic composer Denis Smalley. Here his studies of North Indian Classical Music and West African music developed the improvisation skills on guitar which, combined with the influence of sound-concrète, began to form his distinctive 'feedback guitar' techniques.
In 2005 he co-founded the 100m Records record label through which he has released three full-length albums with the electronic project tKatKa. The label functions as both a platform for his own projects and also those of artists and friends with whom he works. In the winter of 2014-15, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, it curated a six-week-long program at the South Street Seaport pop-up arts venue Sugarcube with highlights including the Sun Ra Arkestra and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (courtesy of Northern Spy Records).
Since relocating from London's East End to New York City he works freelance as a musician and producer, and has released a wide range of records on his label imprint. Additionally, in 2010 he launched the production company Drive By Shoot with photographer Diana Scheunemann to fund and produce her first film project Love American Skin, on which he served as assistant director and music supervisor.
Norman lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and works from his studio in DUMBO. Current collaborations include new projects with performance artist Narcissister, drum/bass two-piece King Collider and post-punk outfit Glass Rifle. He is available for sound recording, production and mix projects.
Send an email to info@pjnorman.com if you have a project in mind...
PJ Norman