Line-up /James Priestly (SecretSundaze)
We're two years old and our mummies and daddies are dishing up some jelly and ice cream. But they're wasting their time cos we're sneaking out to Spektrum to throw a party for you guys! And a nice chap called James Priestley from the legendary secretsundaze in London is joining us. Apparently he's bringing a whole load of really nice house music. So we can have real fun and games.
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James has a distinct djing style, playing broadly what you would describe as deep House & Techno, often borrowing from his freestyle background, preferring to move things around rather than follow one linear groove. You will also notice James' solid musical background in his sets and productions usually favouring strong melodies and warm, organic sounds. His style hasn't gone unnoticed and he regularly plays some of the best clubs and parties around the world, highlights including Cocoon (London), Circo Loco (London), We Love Sundays (Space, Ibiza), Module (Tokyo), Dama de Fera (Rio de Janiero), Propaganda (Moscow), Week-end (Berlin), Manumission (Ibiza) Nitsa & City Hall (Barcelona), Showcase (Paris), Morphine (Hamburg), and in UK Fabric, The End, Bugged Out!, Electric Chair, Basics, Asylum, Boutique, Superfreq, Faith, and Global Gathering, V Festival, Bestival, Hi-Fi, Latitude, Tales of The Jackalope, Bloom and Isle of Wight festivals.
In 2004 James returned his attention to writing and recording music, this time working with friend Dan Berkson. 2005 saw their debut release, a remix for Fine Records of Italian X-Rays. Whilst referencing the past and with a foot firmly in the future, a deep, melodic and emotive hypnotic cord connect their tracks and subsequent remixes for the likes of Spektrum have been licensed to compilations by Loco Dice, DJ T, Karotte, Alex Neri and Mar-T.
September 2007 marked 10 years since James began djing, and the month aptly saw the release of his first compilation / mix CD –'secretsundaze Volume 1', distributed worldwide through Amato Distribution on his own label, 'secretsundaze Music', which he co-manages and A & Rs. The same month also saw the release of his debut original track, 'Chariots' on leading UK label, Simple Records which has released music of the pedigree of Mathew Jonson, John Tejada and My My in the past. The follow up to that, 'The Source', was recently released, winning the highly prestigious accolade of 'Record of The Week' at Phonica Records and also hailed as 'House Release of the Month' there too. James is currently remixing a track of Robert Owen's set for release on Compost Records very soon and he and his secretsundaze partner Giles will soon begin to mix secretsundaze volume 3 due for release in 2008. Watch this space.