Being just across the river from the revered school of Detroit producers, has not left James unmoved. The powerful emotions deep within the seminal tracks that emanate from across the border resound heavily in him. Being touched by this rich history has deeply influence James’ music production, sharing his own vision of techno with other like-minded souls. A slew of creativity is already available, through releases quickly signed to powerhouse international labels such as Richie Hawtin’s Minus and Dubfire’s Sci+Tec.
James has taken his vision to the next level by curating his own imprint Refused, a record label which will showcase forward thinking techno from himself, established artists and up-and-coming talent from around the globe. Justin James is all about his deep love of the diverse elements of techno. His juxtaposition of raw techno with more organic elements, gives him boundless energy in the studio and behind the decks, which keeps the dance-floor militia on their toes. Cohesively developing a unique style that rolls all elements of techno into one highly kinetic experience, James has the ability to pool his influences, and endlessly move crowds to the far reaches of the genre.
A preview of what’s to come can be heard from Justin’s most recent bootleg:
Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (Justin James Grub Take)