Jessica Risker

Jessica Risker


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Jessica Risker is an American musician and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Risker also performs under the name DEADBEAT. Risker’s music fluctuates between electro-psychedelic/experimental albums and psych-folk songs. 
 Frequenting open mics, serving as an engineer’s assistant at a recording studio, and an active participant in Chicago’s DIY music scene, Risker has spent the past decade developing her sound and honing her recording/engineering skills. In 2012, Risker was named Chicago’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” by The Deli Magazine. In 2015 and 2016 Risker was awarded two independent artist grants from the city of Chicago, resulting in two 2016 releases: Big Forever, an ever-shifting continuous eighteen-minute piece of electro-psychedelic music released via Already Dead Tapes & Records, and Soft Moons: Twenty Lullabies, a self-released album of original instrumental music-box lullabies. 
 In 2017, Risker recorded a new psych-folk album with engineer Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings. The resulting album "I See You Among The Stars" caught the attention of Austin label Western Vinyl, who released the album in Spring 2018. 
 Jessica Risker performs both solo and with the following musicians: 
 Joshua Wentz - keyboard/synths, drum machines, electronix 
 Jarrett Hothan - bass 
 Adam Wiebe - drums