#100 – James Monro (UK) Part 1
This weeks podcast/s are VERY special and cause for a big celebration. We have reached an amazing milestone for our series… the big 100!
This podcast was started just over three years ago and since that time has grown into something none of us expected, for that we are truly thankful to the artists that keep the music flowing and the listeners who tune in every week.
But enough about us… let’s get back to the music.
This week is very special as we have one of the true legends of the outdoor festival scene, James Monro. Not only that, James has made us two mixes of his own originals and remixes… A world exclusive!!
Born in the UK and now settled in South America, James Monro’s immersion within the music industry goes back some 30 years. Having been classically trained at school, James’ musical influences diverged into a long and keen love affair with all things electronic. From his initiation into the otherworldly sounds of Yello, Jean Michelle Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Visage, Human League, Brian Eno, Georgio Moroder and the more left field electronic experimental bands of the early 80’s, and combined with a deep love of the psychedelic bands of the 70’s, disco and early hip hop, it was inevitable that he fall into a passionate relationship with electronic dance music. He entered into club land, journeyed through the early daze of Acid House, the uk’s “summers of love” in ’88 and ’89 , onto the beaches of Goa in the early ’90’s and out into the global circuit of parties and festivals that have since become his playground. All the while collecting the music as he went, finding and forging his own sound, and starting up the now legendary Flying Rhino Records with 2 friends in 1995.
With his countless influences, musical prowess and production skills, as a DJ, James weaves a heady journey through all styles of dance music. So much so that it’s impossible to truly define his sound. Suffice to say it’s deep, its hypnotic, it’s emotional and above all fat and funky. James is always pushing the boundaries of what constitutes house or techno, and his passion for his craft has never faltered – his global schedule is testament to that. He’s been touring the globe for over 20 years, and still can’t get enough. He has played along side many of the leading lights of dance music – Carl Cox, Nick Warren, Sasha, Hernan Cataneo, Sven Vath, John Digweed and Dave Seaman, to name just a few. He has also played in some of the most famous clubs in the world, including Amnesia in Ibiza, Heaven in London, Womb in Tokyo, The Edge in Sao Paulo plus many of the best festivals and open-air parties on the planet – all the while garnering ideas and inspiration that have made him both a finely tuned producer and phenomenally passionate DJ who has cemented his name as a popular and seasoned favourite within the underground music scene…..