James has been producing EDM since 1993 under many different monikers. His earliest releases were on the legendary UK record label, Rising High Records, where he was label-mates with artists like Luke Vibert, Mixmaster Morris, The Black Dog, Union Jack and Hardfloor!
James has released many records since 1993. As Influx on Sapho records, a sister label of UK label Rising High. His first ambient album, Atmospherics was released in 1994 on well respected label Rising High. He also releases on Isophlux Records (as Influx and Protocol), Analog Records (as Influx), BML Records (as Influx) and now on Three Sixty Records. Please See Discogs.com for his complete discography.
As the trance scene evolved and became more commercialized, James started to experiment with producing other types of electronic music. Soon, Influx had changed it’s sound into a more IDM, syncopated style and more releases followed on a slew of other indie labels (Isophlux, Analog Records and more) and resulted in him signing to TVT/Wax Trax records in 1998 as the primary member of the group “Expansion Union”.
A song that was written in his bedroom, named “Playing with Lightning” as a working title, had gotten the attention of someone with New Line Cinema who chose to use the song for the movie “Blade” (with Wesley Snipes) and include it on the companion soundtrack CD. Over 700,000 copies of that CD were sold and James received a gold record for his achievement.
James spent many years also as the face of Korg, doing demos for the Electribe series and also as part of the Korg Sound Design team, where he created sounds and patterns for many of their synths including… EA-1/ER-1/ES-1/EMX1, MS2000, microKorg, The Legacy Collection and many others.
Fast forward to 2012 and James is still producing lots of music and his sound has matured greatly. One minute he might be working on some epic bass style track, the next an ambient/electro-infused texture.
Musical Influences….more than I can list…. but here are ones that have always influenced me. Brian Eno, Philip Glass, David Bowie, Chopin, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Autechre, Plaid, The Black Dog, Bochum Welt, everything released on the Wax Trax! label, This Mortal Coil and electronic music from the 80’s. Some more recent ones… Herbert, Murcof, Venetian Snares, Luke Vibert.