Jerk is brainchild of composer, producer, and multi instrumentalist Joshua Kinney. He began playing saxophone around ten and producing beats around fifteen, studying jazz at Purchase College under the guidance of musicians like Jon Faddis, Charles Blenzig, Gary Smulyan, and Ralph Lalama. Though studying music performance, he kept up with producing and began working with lyricists. Searching for the connection between producing beats and playing jazz is how Jerk was conceived.
From 2017 to 2018, Jerk independently released a trio of EPs (Pink, Yellow, and Green) and performed extensively both as a solo act and with a full band. In 2019, Jerk joined the roster of London, UK independent label Deep Matter.