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EDMC RADIO: Devon James // RVDIOVCTIVE, Dubspot [NYC]



June 16th, 2014

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EDMC RADIO w- Devon James

Devon James is a Boston-bred, Brooklyn-based DJ and Producer. While attending college at Syracuse University, he started Chemicals of Creation – a DJ/production duo with partner, John Kunz. Winning multiple DJ competitions & creating a following within their local scene, they became an in-demand act opening for every major artist that came through the Syrcause area, from Tiesto, Diplo/Major Lazer, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, Porter Robinson and more.
Upon graduating college in 2011, Devon planted himself in NYC and began working at Dubspot as a DJ Instructor. He is now tour manager and sound engineer for Felix Da Housecat. A regular collaborator with Felix, he has also worked with legendary producers such as Nile Rodgers and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Devon regularly DJ’s in NYC; has been all over the world from India to Space Ibiza; and has spun private parties for the likes of Diddy and Rob Kardashian. In his free time, Devon runs RVDIOVCTIVE, a multi-media artist collective that holds monthly parties in New York City.

 

 

/////////// WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO DJING? WHAT DRIVES YOU?

Well, not to over simplify things but I really just try to play great music that makes people dance. It’s pretty simple honestly – I just like to make people feel happy and sexy and see that expressed through dance. It’s even better when you’ve got an audience that is open and receptive, but it’s just as exciting to win over a more reluctant crowd. It’s all about creating a vibe thats inviting and encouraging for the people there. My direct approach definitely changes based on the situation. When I was doing Chemicals of Creation I was opening for a lot of bigger acts, which was super fun because I got to unleash so much new, unheard music. It helped me develop a strong sense of what works on a dance floor and taught me how to read a crowd – without simply slamming them with big tracks. Opening is a skill in its own right.

Now as Devon James however, I get to do a lot more late night sets… closing sets… after parties. I still get to break new records and play stuff that is unfamiliar to some, but the environments I now play in allow me to take things deeper. I got to spend this past summer in Ibiza where I really learned that music just sounds better after 2am; I drew a lot of inspiration from seeing guys like Marco Carola keep a crowd going from 4am until 11am. I feel like I have the most fun during these wee hours and you can really get some most out of your crowd if you’re all on the same page.

The biggest thing that drives me are people; I like to explore their emotions and see where they are at, not only during my set but throughout a party, taking them on an adventure. I am on the same journey as them – I try to lead this adventure, but we explore it together.

 

/////////// WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU INTO NOW? WHO’S GOT YOUR ATTENTION?

Oh man, there’s really so much good music coming out right now. Anything with a nice, sexy groove and cool melody – I’m hooked. Right now, I’m a really big fan of Danny Daze, Sergio & Benoit, everything that Maceo Plex does blows my mind, Booka Shade, The Martinez Brothers, anything produced by Paul C and Paolo Martini is a secret weapon and I’m sure theres a few people who may get mad at me for revealing that! Others I follow closely include Treasure Fingers, the Knocks, Bixel Boys, MikeQ, Jerome LOL, MK, Oliver $, Jesse Rose, Solomun, Tensnake, Tornado Wallace, Poolside, Solidisco. In my personal life, there are a few people that I talk to regularly and who have been influential to me over the years. First and foremost, Felix Da Housecat – Felix has been been like a big brother to me the past two and a half years and I have learned such a tremendous amount from working with him. Other homies who continue to help me out and who I’ve got massive respect for include Maurice Tamraz, Codes, Tony Quattro, J Paul Getto, Eagles & Butterflies, The Japanese Popstars, the entire RVDIOVCTIVE crew – the list goes on.

 

/////////// WHAT DID YOU GO FOR WITH THIS MIX?

I wanted to include some of the tracks I have been playing in my sets, as well as songs that inspire me as a producer. I also wanted to share some of my influences and favorite classics. I think that this is a varied mix that demonstrates, at least slightly, where my head is at musically right now. I really wish I had 4-6 more hours to really let loose though.

 

/////////// TRACKLIST

Solomun – Kackvogel
Tuccillo – Samantha (DJ W!LD mix 2)
Sound Stream – Love Jam (Maceo Plex Unofficial Remix)
La Fleur – Kattflickan (Jesper Ryom Remix)
Mickey – Sweet Baby
Martin Butrich – Meeting Dave Dish
Emanuel Satie – Go Down
Oliver $, Jimi Jules – Pushing On
Santos Resiak – A Better Light feat. Dilo (The Martinez Bros Remix)
Patrick Topping – Forget
The B52’s – Love Shack (DJ Tonka Radio Edit)
Prince – Sexy Dancer
Laid Back – White Horse
First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
Taana Gardner – When You Touch Me (Larry Levan Mix)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Dim’s re-edit)

 

 

Featured artwork by Trey Ratcliff.



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