Christopher James Karyotakis, known professionally as Kaz James (born in 1982), is an Australian singer and DJ. He is a former member of the group BodyRockers. He was raised in Melbourne and is of Italian and Greek origin. He released his first solo album, If They Knew, in 2008.
Kaz James established himself in early 2012 as one of EDM's hottest new stars, ignited by his debut release Kids, which gained instant support with strong radio play from Pete Tong and Andi Durrant, could be heard on dance floors the world over, and was a favorite of some of EDM's biggest hitters, including Tiësto, Kim Fai and Swedish House Mafia. It also saw Kaz signing with his long-term cohorts at Onelove, and was quickly followed by the launch of his own That Music imprint.
Kids resulted in a string of summer remix requests, including a featured remix on the Kaskade & Skrillex collaboration Lick It, which received global praise with over 400,000 listeners on YouTube. The The Gossip also approached Kaz to remix 'Move In The Right Direction', which was released in August 2012, and has again received strong Radio 1 air play as well as massive club support, plus a number 5 position in the UK Pop Charts.
On the gig front Kaz's prodigious talent and steady climb through the ranks have not gone unnoticed, which was cemented by a season residency at Pacha Pacha Ibiza alongside Pete Pete Tong, Erick Erick Morillo and David Guetta, culminating in the latter inviting him to be his official support act for his David Guetta October Asia Tour – with gigs across Asia including Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Kaz will end 2012 with the release of his second club release, Drums, which has already been causing dance-floor mayhem globally. Drums comes complete with five remixes signed Maison & Dragen, Static Static Revenger, Ivan Gough and no less than two cutting-edge re-rubs by Sweden’s Oskar. The forthcoming months see Kaz embark on an extensive Australia leg of his world tour, kicking off with the Stereosonic Tour where he will be performing main stage in front of crowds of 60,000 in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane – alongside the likes of Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Example, Laidback Laidback Luke and more.
James was raised in suburban Melbourne. He received his education at Marcellin College in Bulleen, where he was active in music, playing trumpet as well as singing with the choir. Forgoing university, James became a DJ at OneLove, a popular Melbourne nightclub that has also helped launch the careers of Grant Smillie and Dirty South. He saved money that he earned mixing songs in Melbourne to travel the world and perform sets in other countries, "kind of like a backpacking DJ."
Before he started his career as a soloist, James was one half of BodyRockers, who rose to prominence in 2005 with their first release, "I Like the Way (You Move)". This guitar-laden dance track reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart in April 2005 and achieved popularity in other regions of the world as well. A self-titled album was released, as was the group's follow-up single, "Round and Round". The duo, James and British guitarist Dylan Burns, toured extensively in 2005 and 2006 and recorded a second album, but according to James, "we just didn't get around to releasing it". BodyRockers then parted ways in 2006.
In 2008, Kaz James released his debut single, "Breathe", which features Canadian actor and musician Stu Stone. The music video was directed by Fred Schepisi. On 13 September 2008 he released his second song, "We Hold On". His debut album If They Knew was released in Australia and New Zealand in October 2008. In early 2009, James released his next single, "Can't Hold Back", featuring vocals by Macy Gray. This song became James' first solo song to reach the Top 50 on the Australian pop chart, peaking at #42. Other tracks on the album include "All Fall Down", which features former House of Pain and Limp Bizkit member DJ Lethal.
In April 2008, James was the DJ for both the MTV Australia Awards as well as for the official after party. In late 2008, James appeared on the Stereosonic tour, along with Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Booka Shade, Sneaky Sound System and Pnau.
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Singles / EPs