In Demand: Jim-E Stack On Working With Bon Iver, Dominic Fike and More

When house-pop producer Jim-E Stack released his first album in 2014, he was in his early twenties and had just relocated from New Orleans to Brooklyn — and for the first time felt alone. Stack (born James Stack) grew up in San Francisco playing with his best friends in a jazz band, and while attending college in New Orleans was similarly surrounded by aspiring musicians. “I had a little musical community,” he says. “But when I moved to New York, I didn’t at all. There was no collaboration in any sense. I was really isolated, creatively and socially. It wasn’t good for me.”

He decided to move back west, relocating to Los Angeles where he has once again found a network of like-minded friends turned collaborators, including everyone from Bon Iver to Dominic Fike. While producing for others, Stack also found time to finish his second album Ephemera, distributed by AWAL in October. Unlike his debut, Ephemera features an artist on every track but one: “It’s the same person making [the album] at the end of the day, but it’s coming from the opposite of an isolated place,” says Stack. “It’s coming from an environment of ‘nothing really matters except listening to music and making music with your friends,’ and having fun doing it.”