GENERAL

I was born in 1976. I grew up splitting my time between Andover in the Merrimack Valley (weekdays) and Charlestown & East Boston (weekends). At 17, I graduated High School early and chose to work odd jobs until it was time to head to college. I soon relocated to metro Boston and attended college at the Art Institute of Boston where I earned my Bachelors In Fine Arts in 1998. I also won the "Excellence In Design" for 1998 accolade from the school. I later instructed at the same college for a brief time in their "Continuing Education" program. After working a variety of freelance design jobs at firms around Boston, I stepped out on my own as a freelance Artist/Designer. Since then, I have primarily created visual work for the Independent Music Community.

Today I spend most of my time writing/performing music with Converge and other projects, running Deathwish, and creating fine art.

LABEL

Deathwish (2000-Present)
In late 2000/early 2001, I founded the Deathwish Brand/Label with my best friend Tre McCarthy. Started primarily as an aggressive record label, Deathwish has released over 200 released to date. In 2007, Deathwish acquired respected hardcore/punk label, Malfunction Records. Malfunction was founded by longtime friends Linas Garsys and Tru Pray. In early 2008, we also acquired the Perfect Victim record label and now manage their existing catalog of music.

In 2012, Deathwish branched out further into the distribution world with the creation of DW Direct. As of 2013, the distribution arm places thousands of titles from hundreds of labels into independent stores all over the world.

More info on Deathwish can be found @ www.deathwishinc.com

MUSIC

Converge (1991-Present)
In late 1990/early 1991 I started the band Converge with other founding member Kurt Ballou. I was around 14 years old at the time. We started like many bands, covering our favorite hardcore, punk, and metal songs. After about a year of writing songs and recording 4 track demos, the band slowly started to progress. Converge started playing our first shows in the middle of 1991. We started writing and playing what we consider "relevant" music in late 1993. At that time we started incorporating influences Starkweather, The Accused, Rorschach, UOA, Born Against into what we were creating. Since then our band has evolved and progressed throughout the years. To date, we have released music on labels Epitaph, Deathwish, Equal Vision, Hydra Head, Relapse, Ferret, and more.

In Fall 2001 Converge settled on a definitive lineup:
Jacob Bannon - Vocals, lyrics, visuals
Kurt Ballou - Guitar, electronics, backing vocals
Nate Newton - Bass, backing vocals
Ben Koller - Drums

More info on Converge can be found @ www.convergecult.com

Supermachiner (1994-2000)
Supermachiner originally began as a collection of 4 track recordings I recorded in 1994, just prior to me moving to Boston to attend college. The music was much different than Converge, having more in common with influences Swans, Bauhaus, and others. The project remained nameless and dormant for a number of years. With the help and inspiration of my good friend Ryan Parker (Daltonic, Black Spot, The Jaded Salingers), we casually brought the project back to life in the winter of 1998. With his input, we developed our collective song ideas into the "Rise Of The Great Machine" album. I structured the lyrical content around my feelings on the rise of technology and the death of the individual, making the project thematic in its content. We named the project "Supermachiner", a play on the term "Supermachinder" the compound word for Japanese Giant Robot Toys from the 1970's.

We entered the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the winter of 1999. During the sessions, Kurt contributed a great deal to the album material. "Rise Of The Great Machine" was released by the Undecided label in 2000 (now out of print). After the album was released future projects were planned but never materialized. A collection of all existing Supermachiner recordings and demos was released on Deathwish at as a 2XCD titled "Rust". The original "Rise Of The Great Machine" was also released on vinyl by the E-Vinyl label in France (limited to 1000 copies) in 2008.