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In 1997 at the age of 15 I decided I wanted to be a DJ...
Having been passionate about music for as long as I can remember and having no musical education this seemed like the perfect way to articulate myself via the medium of music.
Shortly after this decision I went on to purchase myself some KAM direct drives for 50 quid, acquired a dodgy amp, speakers and got my hands on some Drum and Bass records. Once I had gathered all the necessary tools I proceeded to drive my neighbours insane making an absolute racket, clanging in and out of the same four records several hours a day.
Fast forward a few years to 2000. After playing at any “House party” that would let me set my decks up in their living room, I finally got my first real gig at a Hard Dance event hosted by EZ DUZZIT, a well-established underground promotion in the South East.
From this point things escalated quite quickly for me before I knew it I had managed to land myself two residencies with EZ DUZZIT & Smile Clubbing UK under my alias Greed-e and had gone from making a racket in my bedroom to touring my favourite London clubs (SEone Club, Bagleys, Hidden, The Viaduct, Club Supreme) alongside DJ’s I’d admired and respected.
A few years later once I'd got into the production side of things, as well as making my own music I had begun engineering for Smile recordings. Things were going well and a couple of my tracks had received four star reviews from DJ mag as well as being supported by dominant names in the Hard Dance scene.
As time went on my musical taste broadened somewhat and had I started to appreciate the many other aspects House music had to offer.
I began playing at more House based event under my name Grant James as well as playing regular spots with UFO (United Funk Organization) who played host to many indoor and outdoor events and venues up and down the south coast and London.
On top of DJing and producing, in 2005 I was offered the job of events manager/ club promoter at Pier Pressure Hastings pier, this involved organizing and promoting 4-5 separate events a month, It was an extremely busy period in my life and helped me gain an abundance of experience that I would use for future projects. It was also during this period that I first met my future label partner and good pal Paul Jackman.
July 2006, the pier was suddenly shut down due to structural damage and this signalled the end of my short, frantic yet successful career at Pier pressure.
Since relocating to Brighton in 2007 as well as some smaller intimate venues I have been playing regular slots at some of Brightons premier clubs (Digital, Honey Club, Coalition); Fitting in plenty of studio work and preparing to De-Fine music as a label has been constant since!
De-Fine music the label is launched, which I now run with my label partner Paul Jackman.
I try to makes sounds that are in my head, sometimes it works, sometimes it gets lost in translation.
These are the results.
I thank you.