At the age of just 25, Jasper James boasts a big profile for someone so young. 2015 turned out to be something of a breakthrough year for the Glaswegian DJ-producer: playing regularly across Europe—including Berlin’s Watergate and Ibiza's DC10—on lineups that included the likes of Craig Richards, Levon Vincent and Jackmaster, it came as little surprise when he landed within the world's top DJs in Resident Advisor's annual poll. In August that same year he was named the new resident of London's Phonox nightclub—and today he has offered up a new mix available for download in advance of his performance at next week's Social Festival. More information can be found here.
When and where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded at the infamous Mitchell Street Studio in Glasgow last week.
What equipment did you record the mix on?
I used two CDJs 2000 Nexus and one Technic with an Allen & Heath DB2 and Serato Scratch to record the audio.
Did you have a specific mood/ idea that you wanted to express?
I went in with the original plan of making something a bit more deep, I suppose—but it didn’t really pan out that way!
How did you select the specific tracks that you wanted to include?
I picked a mixture of tracks both new and old. Some released some unreleased from lesser known artists that I'm really into at the moment.
How did you approach this mix in comparison to a regular DJ set?
My regular DJ sets tend to be built on the energy of the dancefloor and trying to create a journey which will keep people dancing throughout the course of the night; especially after playing for six hours at Phonox I have learned how to pace myself, letting tracks ride and not “blowing my load” all at once!
For this mix I hit record in my studio with no one around, so I guess it became an expression of my own energy. The mix represents music I'm currently playing and enjoying at all different points of a day and night. I made a conscious effort to make the beginning of the mix more club orientated and toward the end I went a bit more disco—this was not planned though; it just kind of panned out that way and it’s what I felt at the time of the recording.
What else have you got coming up this year?
I have my last four weeks at Phonox this month, where I have some exciting guests lined up to come see out what has been an amazing year. I have a couple gigs left in Ibiza at DC-10, playing at the Warehouse Project four times, Bristol’s In:Motion opening party and some new music coming soon on Edible and Play It Say It.