In a world of pop-star DJs, short shelf-lives and shorter attention spans, Jimmy Van M is that rare thing – a craftsman, willing to put in the time, energy and creativity to bring his audience something timeless and distinctive, whether he’s in the stu..
In a world of pop-star DJs, short shelf-lives and shorter attention spans, Jimmy Van M is that rare thing – a craftsman, willing to put in the time, energy and creativity to bring his audience something timeless and distinctive, whether he’s in the studio or performing live. With over 20 years experience, Jimmy has worked tirelessly to spread his sound across America and beyond, and to create unique opportunities for other artists to do the same.
Jimmy started DJing in the early nineties, honing his skills at the legendary house parties at his place in Orlando, Florida. These parties saw Jimmy playing alongside anyone and everyone from local friends showing up with a bag of records to the cream of the DJ talent passing through the city. 1996 saw Jimmy joining Sasha and John Digweed on the North American leg of their Northern Exposure tour, and from then until 2000 he was a resident at the world-renowned Twilo in New York, a club often credited with bringing underground house and techno back to the US. Another landmark came in 2002, when Jimmy took to the road with Sasha and Digweed once more, this time for the Delta Heavy tour. Delta Heavy saw the three DJs play 32 gigs in 8 weeks, taking their sound to corners of the States that had previously been neglected by the electronic scene, and laying the foundations for the explosion in popularity that electronic music has witnessed in the States over the past decade. Never one to rest on his laurels, Jimmy has continued to be involved in the biggest and best events in the world, including welcoming in the new millennium with 25000 party-goers in Melbourne, and performing at the first Creamfields Russia in Moscow in 2005 and at Creamfields Buenos Aires in 2009, which drew in an incredible crowd of 55000.
As a DJ, Jimmy has reached even wider audiences through his compilation albums. After bringing some much needed underground credibility to Ministry of Sound’s Trance Nation series with Taylor, Jimmy turned in the acclaimed sequel to Digweed’s first Bedrock mix album in 2001. Five years later he released one of the high points of the hugely respected Balance series, a triple cd showcasing his range as a DJ, and still widely regarded as one of the finest mix compilations ever made. 2012 saw Jimmy return to Bedrock, this time as one half of the Audible Suspects, teaming up with legend Oliver Lieb to again deliver something really special, the aptly named ‘Collaborations’.
Jimmy has also made his mark as a producer, with early tracks such as ‘Sanctuary’, ‘E.C.I. – P.S.’ and ‘Love Like Sleep’ featuring on compilations from Sasha, Digweed and Dave Seaman, and becoming firm fixtures in the progressive canon. Jimmy’s more recent work with vocalist Steve T saw him back in the boxes of the world’s finest DJs, ‘My Eyes’ receiving a massive three-part remix package on Proton and ‘We Are Children’ providing a highlight of both John Digweed’s Structures 2 album and Dave Seaman’s most recent Renaissance Masters Series. Despite this success, Jimmy felt like he needed to go back to basics in the studio, and so when he moved to Frankfurt to work on the ‘Collaborations’ album he also took the opportunity to spend a year learning production values from the master, Oliver Lieb.
The past year has seen Jimmy take the knowledge and skills he acquired in Frankfurt to the very heart of the recent musical explosion in South America, Buenos Aires. Living in Argentina has enabled Jimmy to bring something of his Delta Heavy concept to the country, letting him reach audiences in the smaller cities which, despite being all too often overlooked by big name DJs, are just as ready to party as their counterparts in better known destinations. Jimmy has also established his own studio in Buenos Aires, working with the Spanish producer Affkt’s mastering studio Pobla.es to make sure his ideas are fully realized. Recent tracks on RLS and RELEASE and collaborations with rising Argentinian star Adrian Hour have given us a hint of what’s in store. But with his creativity on overdrive, further collaborations with Affkt and with a number of upcoming Argentinian producers on the horizon, and his label Dirty Resonance launching in 2013, you’ll need to keep watching this space to see where Jimmy Van M takes us next.
Selected discography Jimmy Van M
BEDROCK RECORDS - COLLABORATIONS - THE AUDIBLE SUSPECTS - JIMMY VAN M & OLIVER LIEB - 27.02.12