- Music: House, Hard House
Sasha, Smile, and James Holden in the Ministry's most massive weekend ever!
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Sasha, Smile, and James Holden all in one weekend ! for one ticket-price of $60
(Individual gig tickets also available)
"James Holden is absolutely amazing!" - Nick Warren
"Man of the moment!" - Pete Tong
"The best new talent to emerge in 1999" - Dave Seaman
"Give that man a first!" - Mixmag
James Holden is just twenty one years old but despite his youthful age has written a number of astoundingly stunning progressive house tracks and has just signed a major deal with Sony.
Having been classically trained in both violin and piano and with a maths degree from Oxford University, James Holden's music can best be described by the reactions of other key players on the scene:-
With his earlier work surfacing on Silver Planet during the trancetastic year of 1999, James has quickly developed his skills and polished his production talent into a stunningly deep and gorgeous house sound.
He draws influence from the sound coming from Berlin as played by Timo Maas and also the deep progressive house sound coming from the likes of DJs such as John Digweed, Danny Howells, Sasha and Anthony Pappa, (James' joint collaboration project Mainline has been signed to John Digweed's "Bedrock" label.) as well as more diverse sources, with the dubby, abstract and melodic edge of bands like labradford and mogwai creeping into his work.
His early work included a 12" under the guise of Pulse State and a couple of Pulse State remixes for the Silver Planet label in 1999. But it was really his next 12" that caught everybody's attention. His biggest success to date, the critically acclaimed "Horizons", was picked up early by Way Out West's Nick Warren on CDR who championed it for the next three months. It was not long before Pete Tong and Timo Maas were also championing the record which was made Essential New Tune by Pete Tong at the end of January. Last year Silver Planet has just licensed James' "Horizons" to Sony for UK and Europe and "Horizons" was re-released last October by Sony.
James's follow-up to "Horizons" entitled "One For You" has been played by Pete Tong on his Essential Selection on Radio 1 several weeks in a row and also features on Pete Tong's "Clubbers Bible" and is due to be released later in June this year both by Silver Planet (on vinyl) and by Sony (on CD single).
The success of "Horizons" made James one of the most sought after remixers in the industry and James has remixed records for labels such as Ministry of Sound, Positiva and React Music.
After "Horizons" James began a new project under the name of Ariane for Hope Recordings and Ariane's new single "Eternity" was also released last year.
Having been a guest DJ on Oxygen FM in Oxford for over a year and in various clubs around the Oxford Area, James began to be in demand for DJ-ing. Last year he DJ-ed at the Berlin Love Parade, at the Notting Hill Carnival as well as at Sternradio in Berlin. He is currently a resident at Slide in Oxford playing alongside the likes of Anthony Pappa, Nick Warren and Parks & Wilson and has just been offered a residency at Passion in Coalville and is due to be launched as their new resident in Ibiza this summer where he will play every other week for six dates. James also plays regularly at Elements in London and played at the Limelight in New York this Easter 2001. James can also be caught DJ-ing at the Extrema festival in Holland this summer and various other gigs in Berlin, Prague and Ireland.
Production-wise this year James will be working on his album as well as working with Sasha on some tracks for Sasha's new album