Kaz James

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Kaz James
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Background information
Born 1982
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Electronica, alternative dance, house
Occupations Singer-songwriter, DJ
Years active 2004-present
Labels Sony BMG
Website www.kazjames.com

Kaz James[1] (born in 1982), is an Australian singer and DJ. He was raised in Melbourne and is of Italian and Greek origin. He released his first solo album, If They Knew, in 2008. In 2014, he had another international hit with "Blast Off" in collaboration with French house DJ and producer David Guetta.

Kaz James was a co-founder in 2004 of the group BodyRockers, a British/Australian electronic music duo collaboration, consisting of Kaz James and Dylan Burns. BodyRockers released a self-titled album BodyRockers in 2005 and had a big international hit with the single "I Like the Way" also in 2005 before disbanding in 2007.

Early life[edit]

James was raised in suburban Melbourne.[2] He received his education at Marcellin College in Bulleen, where he was active in music, playing trumpet as well as singing with the choir.[3] 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.[4] 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."[3]

BodyRockers[edit]

Main article: BodyRockers

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)".[4] This guitar-laden dance track reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart in April 2005[5] 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".[6] BodyRockers then parted ways in 2006.

Solo career[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[7] In late 2008, James appeared on the Stereosonic tour, along with Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Booka Shade, Sneaky Sound System and Pnau.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

as BodyRockers

(for details, refer to BodyRockers discography section)

Solo
Year Album Peak positions
AUS
[9]
2008 If They Knew  –

Singles / EPs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
[9]
BEL
(Vl)

[10]
BEL
(Wa)

[11]
FRA
[12]
2008 "Breathe"
(feat. Stu Stone)
57  –  –  – If They Knew
2008 "We Hold On" 81  –  –  –
2009 "Can't Hold Back"
(feat. Macy Gray)
42  –  –  –
2014 "Show Me All Your Love"  –  –  –
2014 "Blast Off"
(with David Guetta)
 – 49*
(Ultratip)
14*
(Ultratip)
33

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Other releases
  • Airport West - Sweet (Kaz James & SupaFly) (2001)
  • P.Phunk - Young and Lonely (Kaz James additional production) (2002)
  • Bodyrockers - I Like The Way You Move (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - I Like The Way You Move (Junior Jack mix) (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - Handel on Your Face (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - Round & Round (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - NYC Girl (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - For One Night Only (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - You Got Me Singing Feat Mike Cuban (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - Dignity (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - I Wanna Live (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - Round & Round (2005)
  • Bodyrockers - Round & Round (Switch mix) (2005)
  • Doping Panda - Miracle (Bodyrockers remix) (2006)
  • Carl Kennedy - Ride the Storm (Kaz James remix) (2007)
  • Kaz James - We Hold On (Burns remix) (2008)
  • Kaz James - We Hold On (Adam K & Soha) (2008)
  • Kaz James - Still Thinking About You (2008)
  • Kaz James - Hollywood (2008)
  • Kaz James - You My Friend (2008)
  • Kaz James - Cool Like You Feat. The Last Goodnight (2008)
  • Kaz James - "Breathe" (featuring Stu Stone) (2008)
  • Kaz James - Breathe Feat. Stu Stone (Thomas Gold remix) (2008)
  • Kaz James - All Fall Down Feat. DJ Leethal/Limp Bizkit (2008)
  • Kaz James - Subwoofers Feat Stu Stone (2008)
  • Kaz James - Star (2008)
  • Kaz James - I Did It Again (2008)
  • Kaz James - "Can't Hold Back" (featuring Macy Gray) (2009)
  • Kaz James - Cant Hold Back Feat Macy Gray (Don Diablo Mix) (2009)
  • Kaz James - Cant Hold Back Feat Macy Gray (TV Rock Remix) (2009)
  • Macy Gray - Lately (Produced & Written by Kaz James) (2010)
  • Kaz James - Control My Body for "Kings of Mykonos 2 Movie" (2010)
  • Kaz James – "Kids" (2012)
  • Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick it (Kaz James Remix) (2012)
  • Kaz James VS The Gossip - Move In The Right Direction (2012)
  • Kaz James – "Drums" (2012)
  • Kaz James & Carl Kennedy - "Revolver" (2013)
  • Kaz James & Christian Luke - "King" (2013)
  • Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones - "Things Can Only Get Better" (Kaz James Remix) (2013)
  • Kaz James & Jono Fernandez - "Stars" (2013)
  • Kaz James & David Guetta - "Blast Off" (2014)

Remixes[edit]

  • Doping Panda - Miracle (Bodyrockers remix) (2006)
  • Carl Kennedy - Ride the Storm (Kaz James remix) (2007)
  • Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick it (Kaz James remix) (2012)
  • Kaz James VS The Gossip - Move in the Right Direction (Kaz James remix) (2012)
  • Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones "Things Can Only Get Better" (Kaz James Remix) (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Various Artists - Pacha, Mixed by Kaz James, Dirty Laundry & Sarah Main" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Kaz James: Stereosonic soldier" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Kaz James keeps it real" Brisbane Times, 11 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Kaz James: He's still only got Onelove" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Kaz James: Biography" 3DWorld.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b "MTV Confidential" The Daily Telegraph, 23 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  8. ^ Australian pop chart info AustralianCharts.com. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Kaz James discography". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kaz James discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014.