No Cliches: James Holden

A MERE GRASSHOPPER: JAMES HOLDEN

"Most of the exciting music is in the new scenes, or at least outside whatever is dominant at the moment - if there's another me out there I hope he likes my tracks."



 

Dance music's number one non-conformist became trend setter. James Holden needs no further introduction. His music is as unpredictable as the man himself and as founder of Border Community he paved the way for all the other idiots out there. We tried to unveil some questionmarks.

In what aspect you feel your music differs from the more popular genres of electronic dance music?

"Hopefully mine/ours isn't 'genre' music - there aren't too many cliches, it isn't trying to fit in or please anyone."

Whatever people say, it's undeniable you explore new boundaries. Are trends and charts something you totally ignore?

"Pretty much yes, I always found charts and message board chatter really boring - compared to the never ending discoveries you can find 'in the music', the world around it is pretty flat. Most of it is like watching a nature program about these strange bald not-cute monkeys, battling for status in their social group with MP3s instead of tree-thumping. That said, most of the exciting music is in the new scenes, or at least outside whatever is dominant at the moment."

Your music has a 'trippy' feel. Is that a coincidence, the result of an expanded mind - or something you carefully plan having a pre-defined palette of layered sounds in mind?

"A lot of the music I like is like that, though I wouldn't use the T word as I'm not sure it's really that strongly linked to drugs. Lots of people who use drugs like the most pedestrian music possible - and I know teetotallers who make complete brain-melting madness. I think

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