About Me

First of all, thank you for checking out my website, James Best Music. I'm going to introduce myself, rather than pretending someone else has written a bio about me. I know that most other djs and producers seem to do that, but I think it's more personal if I do it this way...

DJing In Clubs

I started djing back in the days of vinyl and turntables, getting my first residency at the Coach Nightclub in Northern Ireland in 2000. I played house, electro and trance music alongside some of the biggest names in the business, such as Tiesto, Sander Van Doorn, Judge Jules, Fergie, Eric Morillo, Ferry Corsten, Mauro Picotto, Eddie Halliwell and Seb Fontaine to name but a few.

Coach Nightclub Banbridge
My view from the DJ box at the Coach Nightclub
We had guest djs almost every week and I was very fortunate to have been involved during this time. It meant that I was meeting these guys every week, and also their managers and agents. It was through this that I also got brought over to play in Ibiza. 

Ibiza is my favourite place in the world, and I've been lucky enough to have played at Eden, Amnesia, Es Paradis and a lot of other clubs and beach bars. I think the most nervous I've been over there when playing was for a workers party held in the Savannah back room, even though it was a smaller and more intimate venue. The workers over there know so much about dance music, hearing the best djs every night of the week, so I guess that's about an as educated crowd as I will ever play to..

During my last visit to the Amsterdam Dance Event I was lucky enough to meet up with the guys who run Residence, and they booked me to play two of my favourite gigs of all time. The first was warming up for Laidback Luke, who has been one of my biggest influences over the years. The second was for the Bingo Players, whose hit "Rattle" was number 1 in the UK charts the week of the show. 

I'm normally pretty busy behind the decks, so please excuse the fact that the video I took while playing before the Bingo Players is only about ten seconds long. It will give you an idea of the atmosphere that night though. I was buzzing for a long time after that set. 

Unfortunately my main residency at the Coach is no longer running. They changed their music policy, which became a lot more commercial. At the end of the day it wasn't really what I had become a dj to play, so although it was sad, I walked away from a club that I loved for over fifteen years. Maybe I'll get to play there again someday, who knows what way things will go..

Music Production

I have also been producing music for about ten years. I don't use a ghostwriter, I don't use sample pack construction kits and I don't copy melodies. However, I do use a studio engineer for the final mixdown and I use a professional mastering company to make it ready for radio play.

I've had some great support for some of my tunes over the years. Various djs on BBC Radio 1 have played quite a few of my songs, which I suppose has been an ambition since I was a small kid. I've also had plays on various internet stations, Fm stations and podcasts too. Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk playing my tracks on their shows would certainly be highlights in my music making career.

I had taken a break from production for a while for a few different reasons and commitments. I also wasn't sure in which direction to go musically, with the whole EDM sound becoming quite generic, overplayed and starting to just get boring. I have been putting some stuff together slowly, so hopefully most of these tunes should be released during the latter half of 2015.

Internet Radio Host

I had my own radio show for two years called Sunday Best, which aired every Sunday night on an internet radio station called Underground Sessions. It was a lot of fun, where I was able to play a varied selection of dance music. My show usually started with tech house, had a guest mix and then the final segment was full on EDM.

I would then normally have an afterparty, as the slot after my show became free. This was normally when the beers would kick in, and sometimes I'd still be live 7 or 8 hours after starting the show. There was only so long I could keep this up though, so time constraints and a few other reasons meant that I decided to take a break from it for a while.

What Next For My Music?

For the remainder of 2015 I'm going to be concentrating on three things:

  • Making music
  • Getting my podcast "All The Best" up and running again
  • Working on the "James Best Music" website

This will be more than enough to keep me busy for the rest of the year, especially after taking a break from all these things. Priority will be with the music, as to get anywhere in the scene today you need to be making good music.

I'll be making sure to keep you updated with all the progress, and if you want to keep up to speed with how it is all moving forward please subscribe to my newsletter.