Phonox/Sub Club/Rinse FM
Emerging from his Glaswegian roots as a DJ championed by some of the UK’s most vital selectors, Jasper James has quickly established himself as more than just an artist-to-watch. Buoyed by a rich musical education that stretches way beyond his years, he’s wasted little time in exploring his own vision for UK dance music through relentless DJ sets and releases – see his 2014 debut EP, ‘Sneaky’, released via Optimo Trax imprint and 2015’s ‘ZTRK1’ for Leftroom – as strong cases in point.
More recently to be found moulding his sound week-on-week via his newly appointed residency at London club Phonox, his all-night marathon sets have garnered huge attention from key media outlets like Resident Advisor, where Jasper polled at #81 on their annual Top 100 DJs vote, as well as Mixmag and DJ Mag – the latter of whom named Jasper ‘Breakthrough DJ Of The Year’ at their annual Best Of British awards in December 2015.
Jasper’s exploits at Phonox have also cast a light on his ability to weave together an expansive, wide-ranging selection of records – from Detroit house to rip-roaring, upfront Berlin techno to classic disco, funk and soul – in his own, uniquely disparate style. Never afraid to let rip, his mixes – often abundant with vocal samples and catchy hooks – led Resident Advisor to describe Jasper as ‘one of the UK’s most popular new DJs’ in 2015.
Though only 25 years old, Jasper’s musical heritage goes back a long way too – a facet of his make-up that explains his mature, measured and beyond- his-years demeanour away from the booth. Having learnt to DJ at 13, he soon went onto hold the rare accolade of being the youngest DJ ever to play the legendary Sub Club in Glasgow – a record that still stands to this day.
With those early accolades firmly in tow, Jasper has since gone on to play some of the UK’s most coveted parties and festivals over the last few years, including Warehouse Project – where he played four times in 2015 – Bugged Out, Glastonbury, Chicago’s Smartbar, Berlin’s Watergate, Sub Club’s legendary Subculture night, Circoloco at DC10 and El Row, playing the London, Bristol and Ibiza legs of the latter.
He’s also played alongside some of Europe’s most revered DJs, including regular sparring partner Jackmaster, Optimo, Craig Richards, Levon Vincent, Ame, Bicep and even Disclosure at varying points in 2015 – a testament to his fluid and versatile DJ sets.
With new music and a relentless schedule forecast in 2016, including two standout dates at Circoloco in Ibiza, Jasper’s stock will continue to rise, although he’ll remain the same as ever – humble, focused and determined to make his mark.