KAZ JAMES

An Australian of both Italian and Greek descent, KazJames is one of electronic music’s most indispensable talents. Propelled into the public eye by his ‘Sweet Dreams’ bootleg which was championed by Pete Tong and Frankie Knuckles amongst others, Kaz has gone on to produce a slew of acclaimed house cuts, working with revered labels including Saved, Objektivity and Glasgow Underground, collaborating with the likes of Guy Gerber and DJ Tennis along the way. Initially a passionate kid on the Australian scene inspired by greats like Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Sasha and Digweed, Kaz began producing his own tracks and remixes. A resident at One Love Records, the biggest club night in his native country, his bootleg of Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’ was picked up by Pete Tong, and Erick Morillo, who frequently used the track in their live sets, catapulting Kaz into a more public eye, where he ended up being handpicked by Frankie Knuckles to open for his Ibiza shows. With the white isle now inevitably calling, Kaz’s Ibiza love affair began in his late teens, upon being given a residency by Pacha. Chosen to be resident for Nic Fanciulli’s much-loved Friday night Pacha party, ‘We Are The Night’, Kaz has been performing at the iconic two-cherry club for over a decade. Capable of blurring the lines between the more undergroundand crossover sounds, Kaz James has enjoyed a career in which he has also produced tracks for the likes of Kelis and Macy Gray, but his love of house has always been at the heart of his productions. His Sunday night residency at the world’s No.1 beach club Scorpios in Mykonos continues to attractmore than 3500 people each week. Making it the most popular night on the island. 2018 was the fourth year of his resdeincy, with Kazconsistently leadingthe way in evolving the brooding sounds of the techno scene, playing alongside the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Solomun, and Black Coffee.Having recorded alongside top names such as Life and Death boss, DJ Tennis, and Guy Gerber, Kaz has become a regular at the latter’s RUMORS events.Having hosted the likes of Seth Troxler, Kaz’s ‘That Party’ event has become one of the most in-demand dance events in the calendar, taking place annually on New Year’s Day in Melbourne.Highly personable, Kaz has utilised his Aussie charm to focus on ventures outside of music, opening his highly successful ‘Shoreditch Grind’ coffee shop in 2011. “I moved house in London, from West to East”, Kaz adds. “This building was available in Old Street and coffee has always been a passion. I had been in music for 12 years by this point, so this was something different to break it up.”


 
 

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