James has been one of the purveyors of the underground Electronic Funk and Soul Music scene on the East Coast of Australia since 2001. Throughout this time he has also been at the helm of numerous radio shows featuring mash ups of house, funk, breaks, hip hop and soul. Most recently he has been part of a music radio show, which claimed No.1 as voted by the people specialty show in 2009 on Gold Coast station Radio Metro 105.7FM.
James’s first solo production release was ‘Latin Boogaloo’ on the Kingz of Steel Hip Hop compilation in 2002, through Butter Beats. He has since produced many tracks through his collaborations with a number of high profile artists under the alias Rubber Johnson.
In late 2009 Rubber Johnson collaborated with All Good Funk Alliance from the USA, to release the single ‘Man with a Jam Plan’ on Super Hi-Fi. This was pressed to vinyl armed with a Fort Knox Five Remix (R.I.P Jon Horvath). Rubber Johnson put their own spin on the track, releasing a remix in early 2010, (again on Super Hi-Fi) which gained much positive feedback, despite being hard to pigeon hole the sound.
James has played alongside a diverse array of international and locals acts including: Kenny Dope Gonzalez, The Resin Dogs, Kid Kenobi, Bob Sinclar, DJ Gregory, De La Soul, Ian Pooley, Syke n Sugarstarr, Grant Nelson, Nic Toth, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Roger Sanchez, Rasmus Faber, Blackstreet and many others. He has also played at premiere events such as Two Tribes, Summafieldayze, Good Vibrations and The Big Day Out.
James’s collection of music, industry knowledge and creative ability allows him to work with anything from a 12 piece funk band or 6 piece Latin ensemble, to create a soul/latin jazz lounge feel or throbbing tribal house DJ set. Whatever the vibe, if it has got rhythm or soul he will be a part of it, as he knows nothing else.
Confirmation of this dedication to his work can be found through his DJ trademark signature DJ sets and lifestyle slogan… Love Respect Music!