Steve James (DJ)

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Steve James
Steve James Press Photo
Steve James in 2015
Background information
Birth name Stephen James Philibin
Born (1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 20)
Origin Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Electronic, Pop
Years active 2014–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 3x Platinum in the US (RIAA)[5] and 4x 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 & Garrix collaborated on "In the Name of Love.[9][10] In March, of 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, & Vanic on their worldwide tours. James has since been seen working in the studio with Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Morgan Page, Matthew Koma, & Lights, among others.



Year Title Feature Label
2015 "Renaissance" Clairity Ultra Music & Seeking Blue
2016 "In My Head" RKCB Seeking Blue
2017 "Candles (With Morgan Page)" None Proximity
"Warrior" Lights Seeking Blue

Songwriting & Production[edit]

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


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


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