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 is that rare breed of DJ who has dared to have huge crossover success while still keeping his musical sights set firmly on the dance floor. An established player in Ibiza having claimed weekly residencies at Pacha, Booom and Mambo, hand picked to play by Pete Tong, David Guetta, NERVO and Erick Morillo. Kaz kicked off the 2013 season at the IMS Ibiza Opening Party alongside Fat Boy Slim followed by appearances at Ushuaia and his weekly residency at “Booom” where he played the official launch party with Avicii & Sebastian Ingrosso. With a star-studded fan base, including Elton John and Madonna and an ability to rock dance-floors at the biggest EDM festivals or underground house clubs, Kaz James’ dedication to the art of DJing has not gone un-noticed – earning him main slots on LA’s HARD Summer and Australia’s STEREOSONIC Festival plus the title of David Guetta’s official support DJ on his latest world tour. His studio ability speaks for itself, he has written and produced alongside artists including Macy Gray, Kelis, Limp Bizkit and Chad Hugo (N*E*R*D* / Neptunes) to name a few, as well as earning himself remix credits to tracks by Skrillex, Kaskade, Cedric Gervais, Tinie Tempah and the Gossip (‘Move In The Right Direction’ attracting a number 5 position in the UK Pop Charts). His latest releases Drums, Revolver, King & Stars are receiving global radio support as well as main stage love from the likes of Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, Armin Van Buuren, Jacques Lu Cont, Pete Tong plus many more. Kaz’s forth-coming material includes collaborations with David Guetta, Ivan Gough, Junior Sanchez, Tom Staar, Felix Da HouseCat and the Calvin Harris approved single “Show Me All Your Love”.
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
- "Various Artists - Pacha, Mixed by Kaz James, Dirty Laundry & Sarah Main" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
- "Kaz James: Stereosonic soldier" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- "Kaz James keeps it real" Brisbane Times, 11 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- "Kaz James: He's still only got Onelove" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- "Kaz James: Biography" 3DWorld.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- "MTV Confidential" The Daily Telegraph, 23 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Australian pop chart info AustralianCharts.com. Retrieved 1 May 2009.