Ju Suk Reet Meate was born in 1952 to a non-musical family in Covina Calif and played trumpet in the fourth grade through his high school marching band, then stopped playing music altogether. However, shortly after moving to Pasadena in 1972, and with no further musical training, Ju Suk Reet Meate started the band Smegma, which continues to this day. He moved to Portland, in 1975 and started Pigface Records, putting out tiny quantities of 45s, EPs, LPs and cassettes, some with hand-drawn covers. He has played live gigs (mostly in Portland),several times a year, ever since. Recently, he has performed collaboratively as ‘The Tenses’ with Rock and Roll Jackie (also of Smegma) and solo.
At the moment Ju Suk Reet Meate mostly plays lap steel guitar, pocket trumpet, cassette loops, Sydrassi Organus (synth), toys, petals and percussion, and has been the creative mind behind the ensemble Smegma and a core member of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) for 40 years.
Solo 1978 & 1979, Volume II was recorded in various locations in Portland Oregon 1978 and 1979 as ‘real time’ improvisations with no overdubs, edits, or remixing. Some final EQing and Editing was done in Smegma’s Studio in January 2013. Many tracks were recorded on portable Cassette decks with automatic level control. Ju Suk Reet Meate plays Guitar, record player, bowed sheet metal, trumpet, vocals, gnome Synth., 1880‚ Ä≤s pump organ, bass guitar played with feet, and 1/4 inch reel-to-reel multi-head tape loops.