Jerome Isma-Ae keeps a signature sound alive in all his productions while consistently delivering variety and quality. Although, finding his signature sound was a long journey. He's gone through the genres rock/metal, house, techno, drum&bass, classical music, chillout and trance, and nowadays, he’s greatly inspired by movie soundtracks.
At the age of 12, he played the bass in a metal band. By age 15, he started to program his first beats with a drum machine. 3 years later, he released his first 12″ record on a German techno label called ‘Delirium Records’. In 1995 he founded the popular house music project 'Future Funk' along with Marcel Krieg, which was the first German act on Strictly Rhythm. In 2002 his remix of Nightcrawlers’ ‘Push The Feeling On’ made it to #1 in the U.S. Billboard Dance Charts and reached #1 in the German Dance Charts in 2004. By pushing boundaries and exploring where music can take people, his ‘Underwater Love’ was voted Best Chill Out Track for the Beatport Music Awards in 2009.
It was definitely a non-stop working year, as he was also on remix duties for Faithless, Way Out West, Above and Beyond — he even added his own touch to Michael Jackson’s 'Stranger In Moscow'. Let’s not forget his tasty remake of ‘Hold That Sucker Down’. Besides releasing a string of remixes, he created major, heart throbbing dance floor productions such as ‘308’ (released on Jee Productions and dedicated to the Ferrari 308) and ‘Smile When You Kill Me’, known for being the perfect opening track used by Des. In 2010 Jerome was named breakthrough artist of the year by the world’s number one DJ, Armin van Buuren. “That was a very proud moment. Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, and a few other DJ’s also voted me as breakthrough artist in 2010. It’s a good feeling to know that my music is liked and supported by so many great DJs.”
With the launch of his podcast ‘Smile When You Kill Me’, Jerome is on a never ending road of creativity and success. 2012 was no different, as he continued his international career touring everywhere from the US to India. He recently remixed Paul van Dyk’s ‘I Don’t Deserve You’ and Flippers & DJ Slater feat. Uprag’s ‘Unlocked’.
He loves to experience new sounds and styles, and you never know what he will deliver next — the only thing that’s guaranteed is that it will be powerful, unique, and sharp.