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James Talk - Interview

One of the unsung heroes of the UK house music scene, James Talk has gone from a fledgling producer and DJ championed by Pete Tong to a global star, gracing the world’s most respected labels and clubs on a regular basis. The 27-year-old Southampton talent has been DJing half his life, and over the last 7 years has carved a name for himself in the production world as one the most talented groove-makers around. Today, we offer you an exclusive interview with him. It follows notably the interview of other English producers like Michael Woods and D. Ramirez. First of all, I would like to thank James who answered our questions.

 “Hello James,

You’ve just released some days ago, a progressive track “Feeling fine” produced with Tom Budden. Could you please give us more information about this great tune?
> Tom and I try to get together when we can to work on music, but due to our busy schedule this only happens once a year. We finished this track in a few days, sent it to Coyu at Suara and he signed it immediately. It’s built around a vocal sample from an old Janet Jackson track.

What will be your next release?
> I have a few remixes coming out, one for Sunday Best, and a track by ThreeSixty. I also have finished a new James Talk & Ridney single, and 2 tracks with Android Cartel due out in early 2011. I’m also working hard on lots of James Talk solo singles for various labels.

If you look back to 2010, what can you say about it? You kicked off notably the new decade in sterling form with your stomping, peak-time remix of M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade’s Donut. Moreover, I’ve read that the German producers, we interviewed also some weeks ago, asked you to remix their stone-cold classic “Mandarine Girl”. In addition, you released others tracks on acclaimed labels like Blu-Fin, Great Stuff Recordings and Global Underground. So globally what is your vision about 2010?
> 2010 was great for me in the studio. Lots of releases, remixes and of course my big single on Defected called “Forever”. The “Mandarine Girl” remix is supposed to be released early next year I believe.

2010 will be over in a few days. For 2011, what we expect from you? New tracks? A compilation maybe? An album?
> I’ve thought about doing another artist album. Perhaps if things go well in the studio I might develop a collection of tracks into an album. I’m going to be launching a new label, club night, clothing line and Podcast with Ridney called Extra Dry. We released 1 track on Extra Dry this year “West End Girls”. We want to develop the label further and build a group of artists around us that we want to work with.

After we gave this little introduction about your music news to our readers, we wanted to get back to your origins. Indeed, could you please tell us in a few words, how did you become a DJ and producer?
> I started DJing at 14 at school, just as a hobby buying records and learning to beat match. I found I was pretty good at it, and did a few gigs around my home town. I started producing music at 18, It took me 3 years to sign my first track, its just evolved into a career since then.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> Ha, many of my family still don’t really understand. They’ve never experienced a real club , and they don’t really understand the process of remixing and making music on a computer. Many of my relatives didn’t think and still don’t think I have a proper job.

Concerning the electronic music scene in England, are there two or three producers you would like to talk about today?
> Yes, Reset Robot, Ghosts Of Venice, Jet Project.
> Reset Robot is an old school friend of mine, and was my inspiration to begin writing music. He’s probably the best technical producer I know, he’s not afraid to experiment with grooves and sounds. I would like to be able to make music as good as him.
> Ghosts Of Venice is a bit younger than me, he’s from Leeds, and has his own style of disco / French house. Its got balls and uses lots of samples, live bass and 909s. He’s definitely one to watch in the future.
> Jet Project are from Northern Ireland and have been on the scene a few years now, and have only just started to see rewards for their hard work. They released an awesome single on Riva Starr’s Snatch! Label this year, and have dozens of amazing records planned for 2011.

You work a lot with Ridney. What about this duo? How did you two meet?
> HA, Ridney is like my brother from another Mother. We are best friends and arch enemies at the same time. But when we work together in the studio, great things happen. It can be hard working with Ridney some times, and I know he would say the same, but because of our friendship we enjoy it. He’s from the same City as me, so our paths always crossed. We would chat if we bumped into each other, but didn’t really become close till we started working on music together. We hope to make more music in 2011. I’d like to do an artist album with him but it takes us so long to make a track it might take 7 years to complete.

Moreover James, what do you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know or especially love their music?
> I’ve DJ’ed in Lyon before and it was great. I’ve been travelling to France for holidays since I was young. I love the food and wine culture there. Some of the best dance music acts in the world have come from France, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Alan Braxe, Fred Falke, Lifelike, etc..  I always look forward to returning to France.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> I feel like I’m always working on something, but I like cooking, shopping, cycling my bike. I really enjoy movies too, and reading about technology.

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
> I can’t think of anything.


James, to conclude this interview, we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The song you advice us to listen in your discography?
> X Press 2 – Smoke Machine (James Talk Remix)

An artist you would like to work with, one day?
>  Josh Wink

3 words to define your music?
> Groovy, Melodic, Funk

Are you using vinyl or mp3 for your mix?
> I use digital audio formats now to DJ. I’ve recently transitions to Pioneer CDJ 2000s, and DJ using SD cards and Pioneer RekordBox software to prepare my music.

One word about France?

The software you use to produce?
> Logic Studio

One privilege, being DJ, gives you access to?
> Meeting amazing people

Did you use your aura of being a DJ to go out with a girl? Did it work?
> HA YES of course.

Your favorite track these days?
> Nic Fanciulli & Stacey Pullen - Limmo

Some words about the website I manage: Actualités Electroniques?
> Actualities Electroniques is a great website with interesting knowledgeable content about dance music. Thank you for the interview. I’ve really enjoyed it.

James, thank you very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions. We hope to see you in France soon maybe for a mixed session. See ya!”

Dj Aroy

James Talk on

1. Reset Robot - Tresoli (Roomba)
2. Alex Tepper - In Out Life (Saved)
3. Pirupa - The Leader (Snatch)
4. Westboy - Pocket Love (Pirupa  & Pigi Remix) (Suara)
5. Cassius - 99 (Tim Green Remix) (Cassius)
6. James Talk & Ridney - Forever (Defected)
7. Umek & Jay Lumen -Sinful Ladies (Great Stuff)
8. Format B - Dog Tag (Sebastien Leger Remix) (Mistakes)
9. Samuel L Session - Can You Relate (Joris Voorn Remix) (Soma)
10. Carl Craig - At Les (Christian Smith's Tronic Treatment Remix) (Tronic)
11. AN21 & Max Vangeli - Swedish Beauty (Refune)
12. Ridney - Arrivals (Size)
13. The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Boys Noize Summer Remix) (Virgin)
Written by Dj Aroy
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