Interview - Justin James

Interview – Justin James

"Entrevistas, Zona DJs", por: - 29 septiembre, 2015


Today, we bring you a new interview we have made an international artist fron Windsor, Ontario: Justin James.

Firstly, as we usually do, we would like to know something about the beginning of you career in electronic music. Who have influenced you during the first years?

Music had always been an integral aspect of my life. However, it was always from the consumer’s side of things. I had, and still have not, taken any formal music training. There was always, to me, an inaccessibility to being a musician who produced records for others to purchase and listen to.

As I got more and more interested in techno and house, I realized that these artists were forging their own paths and most didn’t have the formal training as musicians and backing of large record labels. That’s what really inspired me to take things into my own hands in both music production and starting my own label.

You have made some releases in important labels like Minus (Richie Hawtin) or SCI+TEC (Dubfire). Tell us about these. 

I’m very fortunate to have developed relationships with two of the most influential people in the industry. To have their ‘seal of approval’ as releases on their respective labels is such an amazing feeling for me. I’ve been a fan of Rich and Plus 8 and Minus since I started falling in love with this culture. To be able to contribute to the culture I live from the labels that inspired me, and so many more, is quite surreal.

In addition, you also run your own label: refused. Why did you start it?     What are your plans for it?

refused. has been around for almost a year and a half now. We launched in late May, 2014. It was a way for me to have a little one say in the world of techno.  It has given me an outlet to release my own music, using of colleagues whom I admire greatly and also to give some exposure to new artists looking to make an impact on the culture.

Our plans are to keep pushing in the direction we are heading. Better things are on the horizon.

This summer, you have been playing at some of the best clubs an festivals around the world, such as Tomorrowland, Enter, and Bestival. What do these gig mean to you & to your musical career? 

I love to have the ability to share the music I love to people. Playing out is the best way for me to do this. Also playing events with the Minus crew is completely amazing. Not only do I get to be part of an amazing line-up, but I get to see friends from around the world who are brought in for the events.

You have been also touring through Europe this summer, playing clubs in Barcelona, Ibiza, Rome and Berlin. How was the experience? Did you like the Spanish crowd?

I love all crowds. I’m fortunate to play music I love, to people who love the music. It’s like being a comedian and being guaranteed a laugh at every joke you make in your set. Sure some events are better than others, but not by too much. I feel like as long as my technology is working, the rest is usually smooth sailing. Spanish crowd are certainly exceptional, though. My gig at Club 4 in Barcelona was AMAZING!

Where could we see you in the following months? Are you planning to come back to Spain?

I’ll be touring mostly North and South America in the following months. I’ll be over in Europe again in the spring and summer.

You recently just released your “Planned Devation” EP on SCI-TEC which has hit #1 on the charts! What can you say about it?

This release is a long time in the making. Really excited to have it released and even more excited with the response to it so far. It’s happily recently reached #1 on the beatport charts. I’ll let the listeners decide how to define or describe the two tracks, ‘Planned Deviation’ and ‘Nor Can You’. All I’ll say is both deals with hardships with two previous relationships.

Lots of new remixes and original tracks are planned for the near future. Please stay up to date on my social networks for information about that.

As for an album, I’m working and planning on one to be released on refused. sometime in 2016.

If you have to choose one or two tracks to listen for the rest of your life, what tracks would be?

‘Jaydee-Plastic Dreams’ on repeat for eternity.

To carry on the dynamic of the rest of the interviews that we did in Xfadering, we would like to listen to any curious or funny story that has occurred to you on your life as an artist.

I am destined to hire a tour manager to set up my equipment before my set. I have a terrible habit of always doing something to disrupt the artist playing before me. Somehow I always unplug something or move something that causes an audio problem. This summer, in France, I unplugged the mixer while trying to set up. Thankfully the DJ before was cool about it.

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