Culprit 1

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Culprit 1
Birth name James Hannam
Also known as Culprit 1, Culprit One, Culp
Born 1980
Origin Newport, Wales
Genres Electronica
Occupation(s) DJ
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 2003–present
Labels Exceptional Records
Associated acts The Automatic
The Martini Henry Rifles
Paul Hartnoll
Melanie C
Kaiser Chiefs
Website Official Site
MySpace page

Culprit 1 aka Culprit One (born James Hannam) is a London-based DJ, remixer and electronica producer. He is considered 'The DJ Shadow of Wales' by BBC Radio 1 and 'The Bastard Son of Orbital and RJD2' by XFM.

Hannam holds a degree in music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and attended Crosskeys College in the Welsh valleys, where the Manic Street Preachers also studied. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1 by Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe, Bethan Elfyn, Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale, Colin Murray and Huw Stephens (who contributed sleeve notes to first album 'Running in Order'). Eddy Temple-Morris, Adam Walton and Radio 101 (Croatia) have also supported Culprit 1 releases.

'What I Use', the first recording made under the Culprit 1 moniker, was released in July 2003 on Boobytrap. Hannam went on to perform at America’s legendary South by Southwest event and subsequently signed to Exceptional Records.

Following popular events with a string quartet early in 2007 (two members of which also performed with Kanye West on his 2006 UK tour), he found favour in the classical music world, earning the support of influential UK radio station Classic FM.

In November 2010, Exceptional released Hannam's second album 'Theme 2', featuring vocal contributions from Smiler, Polarbear and Iko.


Title Format Label Year
What I Use CD single Boobytrap Records 2003
Aqoon Guud CD EP My Kung Fu 2004
Jarred/What I Use 12 “ vinyl single My Kung Fu 2004
No Need to Ask CD single My Kung Fu 2005
Sway 12” vinyl single Exceptional Records 2006
Hollow Download single Exceptional Records 2006
Tricks 12” vinyl single Exceptional Records 2007
Running in Order CD album Exceptional Records 2007
No Need To Ask (reissue & remixes) 12" vinyl single Exceptional Records 2007
Screamer Download single Exceptional Records 2010
Distraction (feat. Smiler) Download single Exceptional Records 2010
Theme 2 Download album Exceptional Records 2010

Remix discography[edit]

Artist Release Label Year
The Messiah Complex Fever We Are Your Friends 2004
The Martini Henry Rifles Slash the Seats My Kung Fu 2005
Melanie C Next Best Superstar Red Girl Records 2005
Jo and Danny Dying Kiss Double Snazzy 2006
The Automatic Monster B-Unique / Polydor 2006
The Automatic Recover B-Unique / Polydor 2006
The Automatic Raoul B-Unique / Polydor 2007
Paul Hartnoll feat. Robert Smith Please Kids 2007
Kaiser Chiefs The Angry Mob B-Unique / Polydor (promo only) 2007
John Hardy & BBC National Orchestra of Wales Letters Ffin Records 2010


  • Unusually for a producer in a traditionally serious and publicity-shy genre, Hannam maintains an amusing, tongue-in-cheek journal and Facebook group in which he regularly describes his studio experiments, vegetarian recipes and journeys back to Wales.
  • A couple that met at the debut Culprit 1 performance in October 2003 married in 2008.
  • The name Culprit 1 was influenced by a graffiti scrawling at Newport bus station.
  • At Bettws High School in Newport, Hannam won the 1992 Eisteddfod keyboard solo competition with a rendition of 2 Unlimited's European hit 'No Limits'.
  • Hannam's first job after graduating from university was a club reviewer for the UK dance magazine Muzik. The editor at the time was Conor McNicholas, who later became editor of leading indie magazine NME.

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