Jam Rostron is the Bolton-born, Berlin-based music producer behind the multimedia recording and performance project Planningtorock.
A classically trained violinist who began playing at age eight, Rostron moved from Bolton, Lancashire, to Berlin. The Planningtorock persona first surfaced in 2002, after moving from London to Berlin, when she began performing at the city's clubs. In 2004, she launched her first Berlin-based label Rostron Records with Planningtorock's EP Eins, following it in 2005 with a compilation LP Carousel of Souls that featured songs from The Knife and The Soft Pink Truth, and then releasing her much anticipated debut album “Have It All” in 2006.
In 2010, Planningtorock collaborated with The Knife and Mount Sims to write an opera for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera, titled Tomorrow, In a Year, is based on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Tomorrow, In a Year was later released on 9 March 2010, by Brille Records / Mute Records. During the same year Rostron worked as the sound designer and composer for the Bruce LaBruce film The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda.
After touring with LCD Soundsystem, Planningtorock released a second critically acclaimed studio album ‘W’, via DFA Records in 2011. The album included a cover of Arthur Russell's song "Janine." Her most recent album 'All Love’s Legal' was released in 2014, it is both an extension of her previous work and a refinement and of its ideas and sonics. Planningtorock has always incorporated politics into her music, but this is by far her most explicitly political record yet. Rostron officially changed her first name to the more androgynous Jam (formerly Janine), reflecting the album's manifesto for transnational gender equality. 'All Love’s Legal was released on Rostron’s own Human Level Records label, which Planningtorock founded to provide a wider platform for female talent.
Rostron has recently been working with with Berlin-based friends Olof Dreijer (of The Knife), Hermione Frank (AKA Roxymore) and Paula Temple, as part of the ‘Decon Recon’ project, under the Aquarian Jugs pseudonym. Planningtorock also continues to collaborate with Peaches, and co-wrote the song ‘Free Drink Ticket’ featured on Peaches’ recent ‘Rub’ album.
Planningtorock was the scholarship holder of Musicboard Berlin’s 3-months residency at the Villa Aurora L.A in 2016.