James Marvel

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One of the drum and bass scene’s most respected record labels and a firm Zane Lowe favourite, AudioPorn, snapped up James Marvel in 2013 and signed him exclusively thanks to his fresh take on the genre. Having remixed both Dub FX and Xilent to huge effect recently, causing riots on 170+ bpm dancefloors across the globe, he went on to deliver hit single after hit single with titles like Way Of The Warrior, Trump and Dominator, the latter being produced in collaboration with one of Drum and Bass’ modern era legends June Miller and being released on the renowned RAM Records. James Marvel pushes further with 3 nominations in 2015’s Drum and Bass Arena Awards in the categories Best Newcomer Producer, Best Track for Way Of The Warrior and Best Remix for his remix of Dub FX’s Back To Basics in collaboration with Hypoxia. Taking the coveted #1 position on Beatport’s Drum & Bass chart within the first week of its release, ‘Way Of The Warrior’ is not only drum and bass at its finest and most energetic, it’s also Drum and
Bass at its most experimental. Fuelled with MC Mota’s off-key spitfire raps and James Marvel’s uncompromising, head-splitting bass. Receiving radio support on BBC1 by Annie Nightingale, Kiss FM by both Brookes Brothers and Joe Ford, the single has gained DJ support from heavy hitters such as Loadstar, Nymfo, and John B. After the tremendous success, the duo continues to deliver with Trump, another dancefloor-ready heavy hitter supporting MC Mota’s fiendish vocal assault on ‘The Donald’. This tune was in turn remixed to great effect by their Belgian colleague Doctrine, gaining DJ support by other legends like Audio and Noisia. After this, the duo teamed up with June Miller to write a collaborative release for RAM Records called ‘Dominator’. The team created a stunning videoclip to go with the release and both single and video launched themselves into the echelons of anthemstatus within days after release. To state it in the words of the Beatport editorial: “It’s been since Pendulum’s Tarantula that we had the feeling of discovering such a timeless anthem as Dominator”. The single went on to take the coveted Nr 1 spot in both singles and releases and even held the number 2 position in Beatport’s general top 100 chart. A feat seldom accomplished by a Drum and Bass release. James Marvel’s musical background benefits from broad musical and cultural influences spanning back to his early childhood when he learned guitar and saxophone, and later studied piano at the Ghent & Brussels Conservatories. Before making the switch to electronic music, James Marvel aka Jens Blaute, played keyboard with several bands in Belgium and Holland. Taking influence from drum and bass producers such as Ed Rush & Optical and Bad Company, Marvel launched his production career under the moniker James Marvel in 2011 and quickly caught the attention of tastemakers in the scene, gaining support from labels and promotional channels such as Ammunition Recordings, Titan Recordings, Liquicity, Neurofunkgrid and Skanknbass before the release of his AudioPorn debut ‘I Am The Robot’ EP in 2013. Remixing Xilent’s “Bosswave” to great effect gained him a lot of follow up attention that eventually led to the creation of big tracks mentioned above. With bookings at world renowned music events like Tomorrowland, Pukkelpop, Rock Werchter, Dour Festival, Rampage, Laundry Day, Star Warz, Let It Roll and UKF @ Fabric just to name a few, James Marvel has developed a solid reputation for delivering technically apt, highly energetic and memorable performances wherever you’ll find him delivering his widely varied taste of fast breakbeat music.