Steve James (DJ)

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Steve James
Steve James in 2015
Steve James in 2015
Background information
Birth nameStephen James Philibin
Born (1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 25)
OriginJohnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresElectronic, pop
Years active2014–present

Stephen James Philibin (born April 11, 1998), better known by his stage name Steve James, is an American record producer, songwriter and DJ.


Steve James was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He began learning the piano at the age of four, classically trained.[1] He was introduced to progressive house music by his brother and was inspired to pursue electronic music production after seeing Avicii live, at the age of 14. James began experimenting with Ableton at age 15 and found early success with his remix of ZHU's "Faded," which was the top remix of 2014 on Sirius XM's BPM Station.

In the summer of 2015, James took a trip to Los Angeles, California and was introduced to Jason Boyd (Poo Bear). Upon their first meeting, James played Poo Bear an instrumental idea on the piano, which lead to them co-writing and co-producing the title track on Justin Bieber's fourth studio album, 'Purpose.[2][3][4] The album has since gone 3× Platinum in the US (RIAA)[5] and 4× Platinum in Canada.[6]

Following the release of "Purpose", James left Richland High School,[3] passed the GED test, and returned to LA to pursue music full-time.[7] In November 2015, James released his debut single, "Renaissance", on Seeking Blue and briefly supported the Chainsmokers on their Friendzone tour.[8]

After meeting Martin Garrix in early 2016, James and Garrix collaborated on "In the Name of Love".[9][10] In March 2016, James snuck into Ultra Music Festival 2016 to watch Garrix premiere the song, as millions streamed the performance live.[11][12] "In the Name of Love" has since charted in over 30 countries.[13]

James' premiered his second single, "In My Head" in July 2016, on Martin Garrix's 1st episode of STMPD Radio with Zane Lowe.[14][15][16] Throughout the rest of 2016, James supported Garrix, Matoma, and Vanic on their worldwide tours. James has since been seen working in the studio with Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Morgan Page, Matthew Koma, and Lights, among others.



Year Title
"Renaissance" (with Clairity) 2015
"In My Head" (featuring RKCB) 2016
"Candles (with Morgan Page)" 2017
"Warrior" (featuring Lights)
"Fall for You" 2019
"Missing You" (with Eric Nam)
"Bonfire" (with Galantis) 2020
"Like I Do" (with Morgan Page featuring Brooke Tomlinson)[17] 2021

Songwriting and production[edit]

Year Title Artist Credit
2015 "Purpose" Justin Bieber Producer and Writer
2016 "In the Name of Love" Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha Producer and Writer
"Power" Little Mix featuring Stormzy Producer
2017 "Middle of the Night" The Vamps and Martin Jensen Producer and Writer
"Morphine" Lights Producer and Writer
"Suitcase" Matthew Koma Producer


Year Title Artist
2014 "Rather Be" Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
"Ready For Love" Felix Cartal featuring Chloe Angelides
"All of Me" John Legend
"Reverse" SomeKindaWonderful
"Beating Heart" Ellie Goulding
"Take Me Home" Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha
"Stay" tyDi featuring Dia Frampton
"Faded" ZHU
2015 "All We Do" Oh Wonder
"Karaoke" Smallpools
"I Want You To Know" Zedd featuring Selena Gomez
"Earned It" The Weeknd
"Let You Go" The Chainsmokers featuring Great Good Fine OK
"Soap" Melanie Martinez
2016 "Remind Me" Conrad Sewell
"Friend" FRND
"Kisses Back" Matthew Koma
"In My Head" Steve James and Joe Mason
2017 "Flame" Tinashe
2020 "Raising Hell" Kesha


  1. ^ Steve James, 17, Is EDM's New Golden Boy — Just Ask Justin Bieber | L.A. Weekly
  2. ^ Justin Bieber's 'Purpose': Meet 17-year-old co-producer behind title track| Billboard | Billboard
  3. ^ a b Richland teen brings ‘Purpose’ for pop star Bieber | News |
  4. ^ Justin Bieber’s Surprise Collaborator: 17-Year-Old Producer Steve James Talks “Purpose” | Idolator
  5. ^ April 2, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Pigeons & Planes: The Best in New Music Discovery and Curation".
  8. ^ Steve James Teams Up With Rising Vocalist Clairity For “Renaissance” | Idolator
  9. ^ Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha - In The Name Of Love (File) at Discogs
  10. ^ "Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha - in the Name of Love Lyrics".
  11. ^ Underage EDM DJs Talk About Fake IDs, Bribing Bouncers and Sneaking Into Clubs | L.A. Weekly
  12. ^ Buzzin' With Steve James |
  13. ^ "Top 40". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  14. ^ Connecting to the iTunes Store
  15. ^ Martin Garrix Brings Steve James On Board For First Ever STMPD Radio | Your EDM
  16. ^ PREMIERE: Steve James Unleashes His Biggest Single Yet | Your EDM
  17. ^ "Like I Do (feat. Brooke Tomlinson) - Single by Steve James & Morgan Page on Apple Music". Apple Music. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2021.

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