Tech It to the Limit; Ahead of His Appearance at Circus This Month, Emma Johnson Catches Up with James Zabiela

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Tech It to the Limit; Ahead of His Appearance at Circus This Month, Emma Johnson Catches Up with James Zabiela


Byline: Emma Johnson

IF YOU are still scraping mud off your wellies after Creamfields spare a thought for James Zabiela who was not so sensibly attired at the event.

"I completely totalled a pair of Converse," he laughs. "I got them out of the washing machine this morning though, they have survived."

Always a favourite at Creamfields, James closed Eric Prydz's Pryda arena on the Saturday night to much acclaim: "People had been raving in the mud all day," he laughs.

Having first found fame just over a decade ago, Southampton-born James was one of the youngest superstar DJs of the early 21st century.

He literally broke out of the bedroom winning Muzik Magazine''s Bedroom Bedlam competition in 2000 and went on to win Best Bedroom Bedlam DJ at the Muzik Awards a year later.

Since then he has barely stopped. He has just turned 32 ("I've started shaving," he jokes), so with the current crop of wunderkind DJs out there, does he feel like one of the elder statesmen of the game? "You know what? I don't," he offers, "because all the guys who I grew up listening to are all still around. I hate to think how old some of those guys are," he laughs.

These days there must be plenty of people looking up to James too.

Considered one of the most technically skilled DJs out there (he helped Pioneer Electronics develop their CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 media turntables), he holds a residency at Space in Ibiza, plays the world over - our chat is taking place in the lounge at Heathrow - and remixes for everyone from Radiohead to Royksopp. …

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