EEEL (Jim Smith) is a electronic music producer/songwriter from New Jersey, founder of Synth Records (Synthemesc Recordings) and iheartsynths.com. Inspired by the 80s new wave movement, Teeel credits his sound to marathon movie watching and being an obsessive gear head. Creating music in a 10×10 teal painted room, stacked with synthesizers and guitars, TEEEL produces music that ranges from hypnotic vocal synthpop to dreamwave and dark electronic rock.
TEEEL’s critically-acclaimed debut album, “Amulet” (Moodgadget Records, 2011) has generated quite the buzz in the blog world as well as being featured on KEXP radio, ISO50.com, Boomkat, and more. With a slew of remixes and and singles his sophomore album “University Heights” was later self-released on Synth Records in 2012. Recently featured by Nike’s Jordan brand in a Carmelo Anthony promo video, a feature on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk radio and recent release of the Hydrostatic LP (2014 Mush Records), TEEEL’s sound is pushing into the future.
Although Teeel is a fairly new project, Jim Smith is no rookie to the music industry. Running his own record label, performing in multiple bands and professionally DJing hundreds of parties since the mid 90s, he’s been very busy. Taking the stage as TEEEL with an arsenal of synthesizers, controllers, guitars and effects, his captivating and powerful performances have grabbed interest across the world. With the addition of guitarist Stephen Chladnicek for SXSW, and recent appearances across the US, TEEEL continues to capture the crowd’s imagination.