Updated: Dec 20, 2020
We welcome James Owen; an incredibly talented producer and DJ hailing from the home base Melbourne for the 19th Arteq podcast.
James has been honing in on his production for over a decade, and it's evident there is experience and maturity in his music. It was a no-brainer for us to get him involved at Arteq.
James, thank you for a beautiful mix. It's smooth, moving, and completely raw in its entirety. We look forward to seeing you crush it at one of our future events!
More from Arteq and James Owen below.
What direction did you take on the podcast?
Hypnotic, trippy deep tech engineered for dark & loud rooms.
Why did you decide to go this way?
I’ve always been a bit enchanted with the interesting sounds and versatility of deep tech, so I put this mix together to reflect the direction I tend to approach with my club performances but also something you could find yourself getting a bit ‘lost’ listening to at home or in quieter environments.
What did you use to record this mix?
2 x XDJ 700 + DJM 450
When did you start DJing, but more importantly, why?
Initially I was somewhat opposed to the idea of DJing, preferring to continue working on my own music. I started producing electronic music about 11 years ago (when I was around 15), before then I had composed a few classical albums from a young age. Funnily enough, the catalyst for me to get behind the jog wheels was attending a fair share of uni parties which had absolutely atrocious DJs playing at all of the events. I remember one specific moment thinking to myself I could surely do better than that guy up on the stage! So I bought myself a pair of CDJ400’s and a DJM 350, practiced at home with a bunch of very diverse music (mainly progressive house & electro you could say), and within 6 months or so was offered to play at a uni event one of my mates was involved with. From that point, I transitioned into proper parties, clubs and festivals over the subsequent years.
Describe James Owen in 5 words.
Great question, albeit a tough one. I’d say - unfamiliar, rhythmic, subtle, atmospheric & hypnotic.
Are there any productions coming out soon?
I’ve just signed a 4 track EP with a very cool label which I’m super excited about. Also got a few other tracks in the pipeline that I’m working on which will most likely be seeing a release within the near future too.
Do you have any new projects in the near future we should keep our eyes peeled for?
With Melbourne’s intense lockdowns, my focus over the coming months is to finish as much music as I possibly can as well as further refine my sound - so watch this space.
How have you been during the turbulent year of 2020?
This year has obviously been a huge challenge for all of us involved within the music industry. I unfortunately lost about 15 hours per week of regular gigs since the beginning of March and my plans to relocate to Amsterdam for my music was put on an indefinite hold. Having said that, I did officially release my first ever EP this year (Pseudotrip EP with Vandalism Musique) and it had been about 6 years since I’d finished a track before 2020, so I’m pretty stoked with the fact that I’ve been quite productive on this front.
Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?
Don’t be so hard on yourself, and just keep at it.
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