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JAMES BAKER – DJ BIOGRAPHY
James baker is Dorset born and bred and grew up in the town of Bridport
where he has been Djing for over 20 years. His vast collection of over seven
thousand records started when he was 13 and first popped into his local
independent record shop Bridport Music.
James first started Djing at Free Parties back in the 80s and early 90s,
where you could just turn up with your bag of records and get on the decks.
House and Detroit were big on the scene then, which he also then took to
local Bridport club The Bee Hive and at 16 was resident DJ at The Flying
Saucer Club and then Club U Like. James went on to found UM UK around
the mid 90s.
James DJs locally in pubs, bars, at parties, events, weddings, and is highly
sought after for his eclectic yet specialist range and style.
He has supported a range of artists at gigs at various venues including DJ
Food, Chris Brubeck, The Kills, Courtney Pine, and Avishi Cohen.
James Baker is strictly a vinyl DJ and covers a very wide range of diverse
music; from funk soul and jazz fusion through to electronica, house and
Detroit techno...and beyond!
James is the co-owner of Amp-Art Records run with fellow Bridport DJ
Maxim Sullivan.They have a new EP soon to be released by Cottam called
'The Long Walk EP'. Lay-Far and Linkwood Eps also to be released this year,
ones to watch out for.
Ninja Tune's Solid Steel Radio have collaborated with James previously, with
two online radio shows.
INFLUENCES AND PERSONAL FAVOURITES
Influences are of course as diverse as James' style and include Aphex Twin,
Carl Craig, Underground Resistance, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May, Billy
Nasty, Spiral Tribe, Colin Dale, Ben T, Roy Ayers, Herbie Hancock and John
Coltrain...to name the tiniest amount!
I record under the name ReKab