JT Bates profile from Minnesota Public Radio:
JT Bates has worked with artists from the ends of the spectrum. Equally at home improvising with Paul Metzger, as well as delicately rumbling under a Pieta Brown song, the drums are an extension of his daily life. Exposure and experience into improvised and creative music through a high school friendship with Ben Vida (Bird Show, Town & Country) opened him to the idea that any sound is music, and that any music is just sound, organized. JT Bates is a drummer, keeping time and playing songs with many folks (Greg Brown, Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee, Dead Man Winter, The Pines, and more). JT Bates is an improviser, churning up the spirits alongside Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, Anthony Cox, Michael Lewis, Adam Linz, and Craig Taborn. He is a session drummer for the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, Marijuana Deathsquads, Joe Pug, and Trampled by Turtles. He is also a curator. The Jazz Implosion, now in its 17th year in the Twin Cities, has solidified modern and avant-garde music in the Twin Cities scene. Featuring folks young and old, from near and far, always searching for the newest sounds they can find. Many traveling guests over the years such as Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Tom Rainey & Ingrid Laubrock, Jen Shyu, Jerry Granelli, David King, David Tronzo, Tatsuya Nakatani, and many of Minnesota's finest talents as well.
JT's longest standing bands both feature his dear friend Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Happy Apple). Alpha Consumer, a true rock and roll power trio, also featuring guitarist/composer Jeremy Ylvisaker (The Suburbs, Andrew Bird, Fog) on the guitar. Fat Kid Wednesdays, the romping, slightly out of control jazz trio, which also features bassist Adam Linz (Embezzler, Upper-Torso Malfunction). Finding his own voice has been the main impetus to tirelessly continue in music, and these bands you will hear that shining through, alongside his closest friends.
Open Relationships represents his first recording under his own name, and it is a proud accumulation of many of these experiences.