Get To Know Dead Celebrities

The Dead Celebrities production team are made up of UK duo James Dowbekin and Dave Conway. They’ve been making quite a name for themselves recently, with their underground house and techno sounds picking up heavyweight support from the likes of Carl Cox and Nic Fanciulli.

Their latest release is the sublime ’95 Cats’ on the Black Rock Records imprint. The title track is a seriously skippy slice of tech house with old school garage undertones, whilst the flip ‘Party People’ goes deeper into the depths of a red lit basement at 4am. With a release of this quality, we decided to sit down with the super hot producers to find out more about the track AND the talent, as we Get To Know Dead Celebrities.


Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.

Thanks for asking us. We are both in London right now and feeling really good.

Tell us a little bit about your new 95 Cats EP on Black Rock Records.

95 Cats came together pretty quickly. We both liked the vibe right from the start, which meant we knew the direction it was heading early on. We mixed both tracks at Steve Mac’s Studio in Brighton. It’s such a great room (with great speakers!) and Steve’s knowledge is always a great help, especially in the mix down stage. We’ve been really pleased by some of the early support from the likes of Nicole Moudaber, Rhythm Masters, Golf Clap and Traxsource’s very own Brian Tappert, so there’s been a lot of good feedback from all types of DJs across the board.

Where does your artist name emanate from, what does it mean to you and why did you choose it?

To be totally honest, the details of this are a bit fuzzy. We’d been partying in ibiza for a few days! ha

What do you think is the main difference between DJ/Producing as a duo, rather than as a solo artist?

Bouncing ideas off each other always helps with work flow, as we both know what we want and are quite critical. If something isn’t right, it’s good to have a second pair of ears to point out anything that needs improving on. We’ve also been friends for a good few years and going out to DJ/perform together is fun and comes naturally. We like to party!

Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?

There is a lot and they are also very varied. Both of us have been born and raised in London, which means a massive influence coming from the pirate radio scene. From late hardcore, to drum n bass, garage, with house music being there all along too. People like Colin Dale and Colin Faver, Tuff Jam, Sunship, Dubaholics, can’t forget DJ EZ. Drum and bass wise, we love Andy C, Doc Scott, Alex Reece and Adam F. Plus so many house heads like Rhythm Masters, Paul Woolford, Carl Craig, Nic and Mark Fanciulli, all of the Fuse crew, East End Dubs, Mark Broom, Tim Green, Wade, Leftwing & Kody, Mandy, Neverdogs, Josh Butler, Eats Everything, Alex Arnout, Tini and Roger Sanchez. As we said, the list is long, varied and still growing!

What next for Dead Celebrities?

Produce and release more tracks and pick up some more DJ sets. We also have plans to release some of our more underground/after party tracks on vinyl as DC Dubz sometime next year, as well as start a podcast series.

Finally, what would be your short list of dream collaborations, past or present. DEAD or alive?

That’s a tough one! Collaborations seem to be really popular at the moment, I think it’s best to happen naturally through friends and sharing similar ideas. To pick someone to work with based on their sound or success doesn’t guarantee results in the studio.


Dead Celebrities artist page and releases on Traxsource.