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Festival Favourites: James Organ

Festival Favourites: James Organ

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Decay Records, Roush and Witty Records favourite James Organ has been making an impression over the festival season, with appearances at the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Space Ibiza, Warehouse Project and Creamfields setting his stall out as one of the brightest new talents in UK house. Picking up bookings left, right and centre, James has become the Ray Mears of festival survival, so we thought we’d catch up with him to find out a few festival favourites for getting you from your front door to festival bliss and back. Here’s what he picked out when we asked him to lay out the soundtrack for his perfect festival experience.

In-car listening for the drive up
I drove to a gig in Chelmsford recently and the soundtrack was anything from tracks like Four Tet’s ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’ to Warpaint’s ‘No Way Out’. Anything a bit chilled before the mayhem of the club commences. 

The motivational track for setting up camp
Something along the likes of Chic’s - Everybody Dance… Banger!

The perfect warmer for the opening of the arena
I’d say something like Weatherall’s remix of Jagwar Ma - Give me a Reason, build them up nice and slowly ;) 

Daytime summer anthem
When I ever I think of ‘summer anthem’ I always think of a track by Alex Niggemann called ‘Play House’. For me this is the perfect summer track 

Sunset tune
Something by the likes of Guy Gerber, I LOVE an old remix of his for Deniz Kurtel called ‘The L Word’. Such a nice track, perfect for sunset 

Peak time, dark of the night tune
Let’s go with something from my Creamfields playlist; Ramon Tapia - ‘Karma’ normally does the trick. This tune goes clean OFF 

The emotional festival closer
Maybe a bit of a cliche now as it’s been around so much, but I closed my Hideout set with the new rework of Oxia’s ‘Domino’ on Sapiens and it always seems to go down well. Midland’s ‘Final Credits’ also (obvs)

One for the craic on
Something that’s not too in your face - Matthew Herbert’s ’Tasteful Dub’ of Moloko - Sing it Back for example 

A track to ease the post festival blues
I’d say one of my all time favourite tracks has to be a track by Red Hot Chili Peppers called ‘Dosed’. This always cheers me up.

James Organ plays at Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend, and will also appear at Circus’ 15th Birthday at Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace on Saturday 30th September. He then appears with Circus again during their Store Street takeover for The Warehouse Project in October.

Photo courtesy of James Organ

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