‘The son of two Presbyterian ministers from an American backwater called Spokane, James Pants went from being the teenage DJ for a black nationalist rap group to a multi-instrumentalist who can count on fans as diverse as Flying Lotus, Zane Lowe, Erol Alkan and XL’s new teen hip-hop internet sensation Tyler The Creator, who calls James “one of the most creative fucking people to walk this earth.”

‘James met Stones Throw Records head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf after his high school prom and dropped a debut album in 2008, Welcome, which told the tale of a lone music obsessive who synthesized a staggeringly broad record collection into a coherent LP in a style he dubbed “fresh beat”, taking in ’80s boogie, synth experiments, garage rock and much more.’ – Stones Throw Records

Following the release of his debut album Welcome James toured some and in 2009 released Seven Seals, a tribute to his beloved ’70s cult and New Age records reportedly made "while reading mystical books and the book of Revelations." Spooky and intense at times, ecstatic and rocking at others, Seven Seals again covered a wide range of styles as seen through James’s “tacky, cruise-ship style entertainment” lens... with a good dose of sleigh bells and reverb.

His self-titled third album was a result of six weeks of solitude in his parents’ home in Spokane, Washington, tinkering (one-handed) with a Yamaha Portastudio, and a Radio Shack Custom Tone, MIDI drums, a fuzz pedal, and a space echo (lots of space echo). Listening to fifties teeny-bop doo wop and playing with these sounds in this solitary environment produced a moody, melancholy, nostalgic album to dance and daydream to, rich in suggestions of space and longing. It was supposed to be called Love Kraft, lovingly named after H. P. Lovecraft but Super Furry Animals beat him to it…

Despite finding collaborations difficult for fear of being bossy, James collaborated with his hero Gary Wilson on ”You’re the One” and with 70s new age music pioneer and video producer Iasos on a video for "Clouds Over The Pacific."  He has remixed for labelmates Mayer Hawthorne (who has also covered James Pants), Gary Wilson and Baron Zen, as well as for Them Jeans and Tyler the Creator. He has also been remixed himself by electro don Egyptian Lover.

James has moved to Cologne, where he works as a studio engineer and as an editor for Red Bull Music Academy.  He DJs all over the place, bringing prize picks of musical oddities and classics from his vast record collection to dancefloors worldwide. You can experience some of his archive and lovingly curated mixtapes on his brilliant blog jamespants.tumblr.com


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