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). In 2019, Jerk released its first full length album, Pressing On, through London based record label DeepMatter. Jerk has had music featured on Spotify's "State of Jazz" Playlist, Worldwide FM, Reprezent Radio, JazzFM, Soho Radio, and in Music is My Sanctuary, Earmilk, Stereofox’s Featured Tracks, Somewhere Soul’s Track of the Week, The Daily Drop’s Album of the Day, and Indie Pulse Music’s blog.