-Tell us about yourself and How you got into DJing and producing music?
I'm a middle aged techno producer from Ireland. I been djing since the early eighties. I grew up in a small west of Ireland town called Westport, it's a cool place and actually has a really strong music culture. Traditional Irish music being predominant of course as there are over 200 pubs and almost every one there is a music session going on most evenings .. there wasn't much in the way of alternative or dance music events going on of course, but there was a local record shop run by a forward minded music lover called Peter Corcoran and he introduced me and my friends to so much amazing stuff like Talking Heads, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd (even!).. my friends and I were mad into music, we loved ska (the Specials, Madness, The Beat) we loved The Police.. etc. When I was still underage I convinced the local disco to allow
me to run these nights where I would dj all this new and exciting stuff and all our friends would come along.. even the local professional DJ was kind enough to lend me his decks, Dick Bourke, he thought me how to dj! What a legend.
Friends had this great band in town at the time too and I was a total fan! And I started my own band and made crap music..!! But it was a fun time and that's how I got started.. naively and earnestly!
I moved to Australia early 90's and got seriously into the scene in Melbourne around '94 .. djing etc. played at Tresor in Berlin in '95 with Rolando and DJ Hell .. what a blast! Didn't know it at the time of course... but never looked back.. and so it's been many years that I been doing this..! And I still love it !
-How does it feel to be a part of Awesome soundwave?
I feel honoured and privileged.. it's a great privilege to work closely with Carl. He has such passion for the music and his energy is positive and infectious! Every time we get together I feel energised and inspired. And it's exciting to reach out to new artists and talk about new ideas for releases.. both Carl and I really believe in this project. It's just really awesome!
You know the name Awesome Soundwave came from a Buddhist teaching about a Buddha called "Awesome Sound King" .. he used the sound of his voice to inspire people and bring peace.. that's what music can do. Music is the answer :)
-You have been releasing records since 1995, what's your most memorable one and why?
An album called "Digital Primate" .. that's where I got my artist name from.. it was a really weird diverse crossover of techno and rock.. with strings.. :) and then in '99 or 2000 I started releasing eps through the London based Pro-Jex label.. jackin' techno, alongside artists like DJ Rush, Angel Alanis, DJ Funk even!! A bunch of Chicago dudes, and an Irish guy..;)
My most memorable record though is one I released in 2009 called "Keep Calm and Carry On" .. it's a weird dubwise record that I did with Mad Professor, at his studio in London! That was an amazing experience, working with him for a month and watching him mix in such an intuitive and organic way.. just amazing!
-Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you?
For this album MNTNS of SLNC I have been inspired by the landscape of my homeland, co. Mayo, west Ireland, the mountains, the mystery, the beauty and the stark vistas.. so dramatic, it's techno!
I wanted to somehow articulate that sonically, create a sonic landscape if you will. I'm inspired by environment, landscape, nature .. I'm also inspired by other exciting music.. from Jon Hopkins (the composer of our time) to Recondite (such emotion) .. and by my friends.. they play me their favourite music and it's inspiring to listen with another's ears!
-What are your plans for the next 10 years?
To live in a cliff top overlooking an azure sea with studio and infinity pool. And to continue to make deep music...
-Any inspiring words for up and coming DJs in the house and techno scene?
Don't get distracted by other stuff
Music is the answer
Nocturnal Wonderland returns for three nights of camping under the Southern Californian skies and two days of electrifying music! Join the fun September 14th & 15th at Glen Helen Regional Park! This is its last year at Glen Helen, so it is your last chance to experience it at its original home, get your tickets now before prices go up!
Escape: Psycho Circus is back and better then ever, it is returning to San Bernardino, CA, Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26. Get your tickets now before it is too late! This ghoulish event has a star studded line up including RL Grime, Headhunterz, Code Black, Alesso and many more.
Get to know LP Giobbi! She takes the main stage at HARD Summer this Sunday at 1:30pm. Her new single “Ready To Go” is out today! It is a unique blend of catchy beats that will keep you dancing until the end of summer!
“An opportunity to dig even deeper, an ethereal journey from the first record to the last.”
If you're headed out to HARD Summer this weekend make sure to download the app to view the set times and map. But for your convenience we have included them both here! This year will feature a new layout, free water stations and shade structures. General parking is FREE. Tickets are still available, get them here!
with Green Velvet, Joris Voorn, Yotto, Cristoph, Ben Bohmer (live) and Miss Jennifer
A new beginning in the beautiful beach resort town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Annoucing: Carl Craig, DJ Three, Felix Da Housecat, The Martinez Brothers, Damian Lazarus, and more!
Featuring performances by Cali Flow Latino, Vetta, Xermane, and special guest Saeed Younan
First BPM event in Israel to host Acid Pauli, Âme (live), Danny Tenaglia, DJ Koze, Honey Dijon, Sasha and more!
Final tickets are still available, including very limited early entry. Arrive early, happy hour is from 6 PM - 8 PM
the King, Carl Cox made his debut performance at the pristine Brooklyn Mirage.
Aug. 23-24th, Chicago
Innellea’s visions and impressions visibly transfer into their music
As the community grows stronger each and every year with the experiences created at All Day I Dream and spreading globally sharing the dream with everyone.
Win Tickets Plus Meet & Greet with EDX
“This is a celebration of summer”
What makes Movement Detroit so special that everyone returns every consecutive year?
The Catskill Mountains got an infusion of bass Memorial Weekend courtesy of NYC’s Teksupport.
This upcoming year is going to be a huge one for EDCLV. Insomniac has officially announced the dates for its 10th year in Vegas and has even put tickets on sale today!
When techno titans collide, it's bound that magic will be created and that’s what happened
Crust Nation presents iBoatNYC Summer Concert Series
On September 7th, Afterlife will return to New York to curate two spaces and the visual journey at The Brooklyn Mirage
Andrew Rayel, Chus & Ceballos, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, Sam Feldt, and Shiba San plus Toolroom, Heldeep, Deep Space, Deep House Brunch, DJ Mag, Wicked Paradise, and Incorrect Music all feature
The future is bright for this Dallas, Texas native. We at Electric Vibes were fortunate enough to talk to him after his amazing EDC performance at the Neon Garden. His unique sounds are known as “Surrealist Techno”, he describes it as his take on Techno music that incorporates his love for 90s Trance and IDM. Get to know Declan James with us!