James Johnston has a real passion for deep house and the classic house sound and is established as one of the most exciting producers of the underground house scene. As well as releasing music on many respected labels he also co-ran No Matter What with..
James Johnston has a real passion for deep house and the classic house sound and is established as one of the most exciting producers of the underground house scene. As well as releasing music on many respected labels he has also DJed around the world and his sets are an education in how house should sound and be played, showcasing his ability in joining the dots between the classic 90s sounds that are synonymous with Detroit Techno, Chicago House and New Jersey Garage with an ear open to the future.
His debut track in 2009 ‘She’s Gone’ was an instant hit on Soundcloud and received such a high volume of positive feedback it reached No.1 in Soundcloud’s ‘Most Popular Deep House Tracks Of All Time’ chart. This didn’t go unnoticed and influential Detroit house label Kolour Recordings snapped up the track immediately for their off-shoot ‘Undertones’. The result was the ‘Honesty EP’, and James hasn’t looked back since.
His next release – ‘Feeling Good In The Dark EP’ – was released by Gerd’s label 4Lux label and sold out within 2 weeks – who said vinyl was dead? The track ‘Slow Dance & Romance’ also appeared on Hed Kandi’s ‘Beach Sessions’ CD – showing James’ commercial appeal yet simultaneously catering to ‘the heads’. With two EPs now released to great acclaim, James was asked to supply tracks and remixes to respected labels including Berlin’s ‘Dikso’ imprint and City Fly’s debut ‘Visions EP’. His track ‘Move Forward’ from the Visions EP was included on Harley & Muscle’s ‘Addicted To House 10’ compilation mix – emphasising James’ versatile appeal. He then followed these releases with two heavyweight EPs on Under The Shade and Fine Art Recordings with the latter EP 'A New Day Begins' being described by Clone as 'a masterclass in deep yet uplifting house music'
Not content with releasing tracks on other people’s labels, James co-founded the ‘No Matter What’ label with fellow house producer Alex Agore. The label’s debut release was an instant hit, with James’ track for the release ‘I Know It’s Not Time’ gate-crashing the top 10 of the most charted tracks by other DJ’s on Resident Advisor. Their second release on the label, Alex Agore's 'Stay Together EP' sold out within a week and was quickly repressed. All their subsequent releases went straight to N°.1 in the Juno vinyl House Chart..
As well as many releases on some of the best underground house labels around such as Wilson, 124 Recordings, Brother's Vibe's Mixx Records, Snazzy Trax and Washerman’s Deep Down Slam, James has also remixed the legendary Robert Owens twice and mixed Tomska's 'A Deeper Movement EP' for Saft.
More recently in 2016 he went back to his deep roots and released a beautiful EP and track on Alex Agore/David Nicol's new label Closer To Truth. True deepness for those who know...
Selected discography James Johnston
JULY 2012 - Alex Agore/James Johnston - A2J2 - No Matter What (NMW 004)
JUNE 2012 - James Johnston/Ben La Desh - That Was Now EP - Outernational (Out 004)
JUNE 2012 - James Johnston/Ben Pearce/The True Rebels/Sarp Yilmaz - Work That Love EP - Development
MAY 2012 - Various - 'I Get Lost' - The Illusion Family EP - Innercircle
JAN 2012 - After Everything EP - No Matter What (NMW 003)
NOV 2011 - Various - 'Before I Sleep Tonight' - Much Love 002
OCT 2011 - There Is Always Time To Change EP - Under The Shade (UTS 030)
SEPT 2011- A New Day Begins EP - FIne Art Recordings (FA 028)
AUG 2011 - The Chrome Hand EP - split EP with Deep Space Orchestra (Boogie Originals BGO 003)
MAY 2011 - Various - 'Move Forward' City Fly Records 001
MARCH 2011 - Alex Agore/James Johnston - NMW 001 - 'I Know It's Not Time' (No Matter What)
DEC 2010 - Feeling Good In The Dark EP - 4lux (4lux 1002)
NOV 2010 - Various - 'Give Me A Shock' - Dikso 003
DEC 2009 - Honesty EP -Undertones/ Kolour (UT 004)
MAY 2011 - Hed Kandi Beach Sessions CD - 'Slow Dance & Romance'
REMIXES: on Morris Audio Citysport, Tone Control, Deep & Disco, City Fly, Trendy Mullet Composite, Lightspeed Recordings, Dutchie Music, Audio Parallax, Assembly...
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