For this Australian DJ, it’s all about bass and beans. Capable of blurring the lines between the more underground and crossover sounds, Kaz James has held a residency at Scorpios Mykonos for the past two years. The Aussie has been DJing since his school days, consistently evolving and pushing the brooding sounds of the techno scene, playing alongside the likes of Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, The Martinez Brothers, Solomun, Pete Tong, and Black Coffee. Having recorded alongside top names such as Life and Death boss, DJ Tennis, and Guy Gerber, Kaz has become a regular at the latter’s RUMORS events, and will perform at the Ibiza closing party in October.
His new single, ‘Trip The Light’, a balearic string-led anthem, released on close friend Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records. Soaked in his signature pulsating beats, this release looks set to tread the same successful path as previous releases, solidifying Kaz James as a true innovator and curator of unique and rugged minimalistic beats.
Join us as we catch up with Kaz James since his recent gig at The BPM Festival: Portugal and his latest release ‘Trip The Light’ out now on Saved Records. Brew yourself a ☕️ and read on below👇
OUT NOW: Kaz James – “Trip The Light”
MCOT: Kaz, you recently got back from The BPM Festival: Portugal after playing a fantastic show at Villa Mariazinha. Can you describe your BPM experience in 3 words for us?
Kaz James: I just wanted to be part of the festival to be honest – I’m a massive supporter of the guys who run it. I had no idea what to expect but let’s just say it ended up being one of my favourite shows this summer. The crowd were so up for it and the energy was amazing.
MCOT: As an artist or guest, have you been to The BPM Festival before? If so, how did this debut edition in Portugal compare to previous editions?
Kaz James: BPM Mexico was super special and it’s a shame that for reasons out of their control it won’t happen there again. But what they have created in Portugal is definitely a good thing and it will only get better as the years go on. Also, the country doesn’t have many huge electronic music events so it’s good to see that there’s a scene finally happening there.
MCOT: What is your favourite memory from the festival?
Kaz James: When I closed with Bicep ‘Glue’. The crowd went absolutely crazy for it, it was one of those special moments that as a DJ you long for to happen during your sets.
MCOT: Your new release ‘Trip The Light’ – out now on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records – has received a great response thus far! Did you play the track during your gig at Villa Mariazinha? What was the response like?
Kaz James: Yeah I’ve been playing at all my shows and it works really well within my sets. People love it because it has this really melodic, musical tone to it.
MCOT: Hearing this tune in such a picturesque setting of Portimao is like a dream come true. What would be the dream location to be able to play ‘Trip The Light’?
Kaz James: I feel like the track is perfect for sunrise so I think a beautiful beach somewhere would be the perfect location. I have a residency at Scorpios in Mykonos, somewhere like that would be the best sunrise location.
MCOT: Was there a specific moment that inspired ‘Trip The Light’?
Kaz James: Not really… I was just jamming in my living room with my mate Nicky Van She and we came up with this cool musical part. I worked on it on and off for a while. I think it sat on my laptop for a good year before being released.
MCOT: What’s the story behind how ‘Trip The Light’ made its way on to Saved Records?
Kaz James: I was mixing the record down in a studio in Ibiza and it just happened to be that my homie Nic Fanciulli who owns Saved was in the room next door. He popped in to say hello and heard the record, instantly he wanted it and the rest is history!
I was finishing the record in Ibiza, and Nic (Fanciulli) heard it. He came to me and said, “Kaz! What the hell is this, I love it… I want it!”
MCOT: How did you and Nic first meet?
Kaz James: We met in prison actually years ago… kidding! We just met through mutual friends. He was actually one of the first guys I met when I moved to London years ago – he is an amazing guy.
MCOT: What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?
Kaz James: It’s been a long season. I have my final show this Sunday at Scorpios in Mykonos – it’s going to be a nice way to end the summer. It will actually be the 21st show for the season in Mykonos, it’s been so busy! I then head to Ibiza to play RUMORS with Guy Gerber.
MCOT: Finally, how do you take your tea?
Kaz James: Tea?! It’s all about coffee for me www.grind.co.uk