James Dexter's 'Rise' Interview w/ Large Music
2013 kicked off in fine form for Large Music with the January release of James Dexter’s ‘Only You’ EP. The second track off of the ep stayed in the Traxsource Deep House Top 100 for months and garnered widespread critical acclaim. We are jazzed to present Mr. Dexter’s terrific follow up entitled the ‘Rise EP’. We sat down with him recently to get the scoop on his love of DJ’ing, his London roots, and what is in store for him for the future:
James Dexter Interview
1) James, can you first give us a little background as to where you are from, where you grew up, and how you first discovered House Music.
I’m from London UK and grew up in South West London, where I still live now. I guess like most people I discovered house music through the natural progression of listening and DJ’ing lots of different styles of music. Originally started DJ’ing when I was around 14/15 when UK Garage was at its prime and from there gradually over the years moved over to the house side of things.
2) Can you remember the first House record you purchased?
Off the top of my head I’m not sure I could remember what the first record would have been, but some of the early stuff I was buying & mixing was tracks like, Needin’ You by David Morales, Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Even Know Me and tracks by Kerry Chandler, and Todd Edwards.
3) You seem to have a keen sense of history when you sit down to produce. You combine elements of retro 90s Deep House into your work while still remaining fresh and contemporary. Who has been the biggest influence on your style and sound as a producer?
I find that I can be influenced by any one and their music really, if something is good its very hard not to take note and feel inspired by it, what ever style of music it maybe. There’s so many people I could list as influences, I think Fred Everything would definitely be up there as an one, though.
4) Do you combine analog gear in your production to create some of the trademark “warmth” in your tracks or is it all digital?
As much as I’d love to say I get my hands dirty with the Analog gear, 90% of the time it’s all Digital, I’ve got a few analog synths in the studio which get dusted off every so often, but right now its mainly all coming from the computer.
5) You recently mentioned on Ministry of Sound radio that you consider yourself a DJ first. Can you tell us why you feel that way?
Its my passion and always has been, I’ve never found anything else that I enjoy more than playing out in a club, or even just mixing for hours at home by myself, ha ha, as sad as that may sound.
6) How do you feel about the recent resurgence of vinyl in the Deep House market? Do you play or buy any vinyl?
I still buy records on vinyl, but not half as much as I used to, I play out using tractor with timecode vinyl, which also allows me to also use vinyl records so I flip between the two. Its great that people have been buying and pressing up more vinyl recently, always good to have a physical copy of a great record that will always be there and not get lost if your hard drive decides to break.
7) Do you have a particular club in London that is your favorite place to play?
Its always hard to answer that question, there are so many good spots in London and every club night/event can bring a different vibe, as long as its a good up for it crowd I don’t really mind where I play, a good thumping sound system always helps to. I’ve probably played @ The Egg more times than any other London club so I’m quite fond of it there.
8) Tell us what the rest of 2013 holds for you. What are some of your upcoming releases and gigs?
Release wise… Next up is the follow up to my Only You Ep, on the one and only Large Music ;) This is called the Rise Ep and is out on the 6th May, which I’m really excited about, the support and feedback for this release has been amazing. I’ve then got a remix coming out on Kings Street Sounds at the end of May, followed by my Follow up EP on Lost My Dog Records, which will be dropping in June. There are a couple of other projects on the go at the moment, but keeping my lips sealed on those for the time being. I’m looking to get out and gig as much as possible for the rest of the year, I’ve got some great gigs lined up over the next few months, playing the likes of Vibe Bar (Shoreditch), Pacha (London), Timbuk2 (Bristol) and some other cool venues, so really looking forward to them.
James Dexter’s Latest Release
‘Rise’ is out now on Large Music