Begin Here; Ahead of the Garden Get Together EMMA JOHNSON Catches Up with DJ James Holroyd

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Begin Here; Ahead of the Garden Get Together EMMA JOHNSON Catches Up with DJ James Holroyd


Byline: EMMA JOHNSON

HE HAS been in the dance music business for over 20 years, helped to co-found the Bugged Out brand and was there in the early days of legendary Leeds party Back to Basics. He is also the Chemical Brothers go-to guy when they need a tour DJ and his Balearic beats Begin alias has garnered him a cult following.

Next weekend James Holroyd comes to Liverpool for The Garden Festival Croatia and Kazimier Garden's Garden Get Together but first I caught up with the Manchester DJ for a quick chat.

So how has 2014 been for you James? It's been great so far thanks. I am busy trying to be productive, getting as much music made as possible. The bank holidays have been good, and now bring on the summer!

You have been in this business a long time - how did you get started? I never made any conscious decision to do it, but I was surrounded by music at home from a very early age. Great pop records were being made; I pretty much loved the little black seven inch singles as soon as I got my hands on them.

Back in the 70s and 80s it wasn''t unusual for people to have three record players in one house. Records were everywhere, and they still are for me. The thrill of playing someone a track they''ve never heard before was (and still is) great.

What was your big break/career-defining moment? I don't see it as a career. I am not really motivated by that, but I've had lots of little breaks that gave me a chance to do what I love. I think it's happened pretty organically really by getting resident DJ slots which helped me to progress.

You toured with the Chemical Brothers, how did that come about and what was it like? The Chems were in Manchester and putting their first records out from a student house. We were all mixing in the same circles. They we''re putting on parties prior to Bugged Out! starting.

They played one of their first live gigs at Bugged Out! and I was warming up with very slow music.

They liked the backdrop and the atmosphere as it left a lot of headroom. …

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