James Elder

In 1996, James was a Uni student and a waiter in a Canberra restaurant. One evening before work, he popped into the nightclub next door to check things out. The DJ, whom he knew, asked him to step in and play a few easy listening tracks while he took a slash. He must have impressed as three weeks later, he was made a resident receiving on the job training playing everything from rock, 70s disco and funk to 80s, R & B and top 40 hits. 

However, seduced by the sounds of the underground and armed with his new skills, he quickly found regular slots on the Canberra rave and club scene. This eventually lead to a residency at the infamous Heaven Nightclub at a night called Positive, which embodied the epic house and progressive house sounds of the time.

James has supported acts such as Anthony Pappa, Phil K, Frontside, Sonic Animation and Andy Carroll. He has run his own nights in London, played in an abandoned monastery in Italy, held residencies in Sydney and Canberra and is likely to join the crowd on the dance floor mid set.

With impeccable track selection and programming, silky smooth mixing, an innate ability to read a crowd and an understated enthusiasm and joy for all things underground, you know you’re in for a ride when he’s behind the decks.

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