Spotlight Series: James Clarke
The next DJ under our Spotlight is no stranger to the Evermix Team, and the winner of our DJ Competion with Brighton Music Conference earlier this year. This month, our spotlight is on Liverpool-based DJ/Producer/Label Owner, James Clarke .. check out our full interview with him below! ----- Hi James, thanks for sitting down with us! For anyone who may not already know who you are, can you please tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a DJ/Producer releasing on Serotonin Digital & DC10 records and winner of the BMC/Evermix /Inflyte/AFEM/Ticketmaster DJ competition. I’ve been DJing for a number of years now and in 2013 spent the summer in Ibiza where I played at many venues including Sankey’s, Ocean Beach and at a weekly secret illegal Villa party that I’m probably best not talking about too much. And if you had to choose one word to describe your musical style, what would it be? Groove Who are your biggest DJ inspirations and influences? Back in the day I was always into the USA Djs and producers such as H-Foundation, Onionz and Joeski, DJ Sneak, John Creamer & Stephane K, Mark Farina & Derrick Carter as well as John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Howells and local lad Yousef. These days I’d say Aaaron, Martin Buttrich, Nick Curly, Tim Englehardt, Gab Rhome, Phil Weeks, Metodi Hristov, Mihai Popoviciu & Samu L Coming from Liverpool, did clubs like Cream and Sankeys (granted this was in Manchester), have a big effect on your thirst for clubbing and underground music? Cream definitely did, I first went there when I was 17 and returned every week for about 4 years, at that time the best club in the world was either Cream , Ministry or Twillo in New York so to have one of them on my doorstep was unreal. You could be watching Roger Sanchez in The main room while Fatboy Slim was at his peak playing in the courtyard and Layo & Bushwacka would be on in the annexe. It also had lots of decent local lads as residents like Yousef, Phat Phil Cooper, Paul Bleasdale & Steve Parry.
Aside from DJing and Producing, you have experience as a Label Manager too. Can you please tell us a bit more about this? Can we expect to hear any new releases from the label soon? Yes I’ve took a break from Dig:it Recordings for a few years but I’m bringing it back soon watch this space. It’s been a while since we last spoke to you at Brighton Music Conference, where you played at our Opening Party after winning our DJ Competition! Did you enjoy the Conference and did anything catch your eye whilst you were there? The whole experience was amazing from meeting all the Evermix team & DJing with Just Her to lots of interesting discussions in particular the talk on how to get your music signed to a label and the Ableton production class interested me the most. During your set, you had eyes all over you from industry heads, were you nervous at all? Yes I always get nervous before I go on but I’ve read some of the best DJs on the planet who have been at it for 20-30 years still get nervous so that makes me feel a lot better. Once you’re on the nerves go anyway. And what have you been up to since the Conference? Have you been busy in the studio? Can we expect to hear new releases soon? Yes I’ve almost finished 3 new track they are being mastered and demo’s will be sent out hopefully next week. Thanks for sitting down with us James, good luck with everything coming up and we can’t wait to hear your new productions and sets from you on Evermix.fm soon!