We caught up with DJ/Producer Olly James to chat about new music, festivals, fashion and what’s in store for this summer.
When did you first realise you could make a career in music?
To be honest when I first started going out & partying when I was younger, dance music was really big, so I was instantly hooked. Then when I really looked into it I discovered all these DJs playing these huge festivals & that became my biggest dream
Name three artists you had on your playlist when you were younger?
I used to love RnB & Hip Hop when I was younger so I always listened to Chris Brown, T-Pain & Ne-Yo.
Where and when was your first ever live performance?
My first ever show was actually in Scotland in a small club, I was so nervous!
What’s the best part of being a DJ/Producer?
Travelling the world & meeting fans is the best thing! Working from home on my own time is also a bonus.
If you could collaborate with one other artist, past or present, who would it be?
Dua Lipa for sure, her voice is amazing.
Have you got any new music out at the moment you can discuss?
I actually have a new song called “Turn Away” out on Maxximize records, it’s a clubby song with some house vibes!
Other than your own, what song have you got on repeat at the moment?
Mabel – fine line, I always hear it on the radio in the UK & I love it so catchy
What has been your career highlight?
The highlight has got to be playing Tomorrowland, I used to watch the live streams when I was younger, never thought id end up playing there
Are you playing or attending any festivals this year?
Ive got some really cool festival shows planned this year overseas, but I really wanna check out creamfields again as a spectator as its been years since I was last there
What about a Lad’s holiday?
I have no plans yet but I hope I can get some more shows in hot countries!
Where and when was your most memorable performance and why?
It has to be Tomorrowland again, it was such a dream to play there & even though it was raining, the crowd were super energetic. It really gave me chills and a lot of adrenaline.
Where, when & who gave your most memorable performance and why?
For me it has to be Swedish house mafia when they reunited this year at ultra as it was so iconic.
How do you spend your down time?
I spend my spare time at the gym & or out with friends, or just generally chilling out.
If I wasn’t a DJ I’d be…
Probably working as a barman in a nightclub still!
Favourite film & TV series?
I absolutely love Narcos.
Drink of choice on a night out?
Always vodka & coke for me.
If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza even though it would probably kill me.
Describe your style/fashion?
I love dressing casual & in all black but all DJs like black!
Who’s your biggest style inspiration?
David Beckham since he always looks fresh!
What would you wear on a night out?
I always like to wear skinny jeans & a long t shirt with a necklace.
Who’s your dream girl?
I used to have a huge crush on Shakira when I was younger, but nowadays I’d have to say my girlfriend or she’d kill me haha.
What are you looking forward to most in 2018?
I’m really looking forward to summer & going back to asia.
Check out Olly reppin’ our colour block sweater.
Listen to Olly’s new track below: