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Corey James: Releasing ‘With You’ On Size Records

Corey James released a serious anthem on Size Records with 'With You'.

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Corey James has been one of the talented producers within dance music, one who has been churning out some huge hits in the last few years. The producer and DJ has been rising up through the scene on some of the major labels, but more recently he dropped his first single on Size Records. And with this, he has established a little bit of a sound change from previous singles. This however,  could be one of his best tracks yet. So Corey James opened up about his first Size Records release, how he got involved in dance music, the change in his sound and much more.

Taking things back to the start, how was it you became involved within dance music? Was there a real driving force behind the move?

I became involved with dance music around the age of 17-18, that’s about the time I started going out to nightclubs and events. Obviously I familiar with it but never really “got it” until I started going out and experiencing it for myself.  Yes, I remember being so motivated and wanting to create this style of music. I fell in love with from the moment I heard it. I actually quit my full time job the day I decided I wanted to make dance music and take this producing and DJ’ing serious haha. Scary and bold move, but 100% worth it thinking back.

Since then, you have released on some major labels. Working with such labels, how has this impacted your career to date in terms of releasing music and your musical direction?

I think releasing with major labels is great! It allows you to understand the music industry a lot more, its changed my way of thinking.  I remember back when I first started I used to think “today I’m going to make a SIZE Records track” but now I think going into the studio and being true to yourself as an artist is the best way, that way its 100% your sound and your style. I just enjoy myself and make whatever I am feeling at that current time whether its festival tracks or “at home” Spotify streaming tracks. I think releasing on these labels has helped me to realize that’s the best way to be because they don’t want something that sounds exactly the same as everything else out there they want original music.

This leads us to your most recent release, ‘With You’. It is your first solo release on Size Records, the label which Steve Angello heads. What was this like for you to release a track on such a renowned label?

Anybody who knows me, knows that it’s been a dream come true for me.  Steve Angello is a huge inspiration to me and for him to believe in a record of mine and want to release it on his label is amazing.

The track itself features Santez, a friend of yours you have known for a few years now. How did you go about working with him in the studio? Was there a process which you carried out?

Yes, Santez and I are both from the same area and are really close friends. We got back from Ibiza with plenty of partying and thought we would have a studio session using some of the inspiration from the house and techno events we went to over there.  I’m always in the studio and a few of my close friends make music too so its normal for them to come and chill while I work on stuff. Santez played this really cool riff idea and I instantly heard something in my head and from that “With You” was born. It was a magical studio session everything just worked, one of those studio gold moments. I knew straight away with this track it was something special and really different.

In terms of working with other artists, vocalists and producers, do you find it harder to work on a collaboration rather than a solo release?

I enjoy collaborating, it allows me to get creative with other creative people. I think surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals and passion for something is important, hence why my friends who make music come my studio a lot and it’s great. That being said, I enjoy solo projects too gives you full control over the production.

You have produced a lot of tracks with the likes of WILL K over the last few years. And on this note, the track itself is a little different to the tracks we have heard from Corey James before. This is an electronic big hitter. Was this a sound you wanted to follow?

I’m pretty diverse with my sounds and I that’s the way I like it. Who wants to listen to an artist who creates the same music with every release? I like to switch it up and keep the fans on their toes haha.  But the vibe of the track is what I’m feeling on that day in the studio, for example “With You” was made after spending a week in Ibiza and now every time I listen to it, it just brings back the good memories of last summer with my friends.

Looking to the future, a lot is set to go on for Corey James. You have a lot of tour dates on the way with mini-tours and supporting the likes of Third Party. How do you find touring and is there any performances coming up you are particularly looking forward too?

I’m super excited for the next couple of months, there are plenty of shows / festivals etc.  I love touring! It’s great getting to see the world, doing something I love and meeting so many of my amazing supporters. I’m really looking forward to festival season.

On a musical front, what cans fans expect to see?

We just announced my next release, which is called “Bring It” on Protocol Records and I have some really good releases coming up, tracks I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting and finding the perfect home for. It should be great to see what my fans think, I’m excited! Once again really diverse sounds too, some big festival hitters and some down tempo feel good music.

Will it be a revisit to the move groovier sounds or can we expect a focus on the more electronic, pure Progressive sound in the future?

Who knows, depends on how I’m feeling on the day haha. I think it’s just important to keep the standard high and keep the “Corey James vibes” going. But I like to always make sure I have tracks to play in my club / festival sets so there will always be groovy / progressive sounds coming up.

A final note from Corey James, what is the major ambition for you, still being a young artist on the scene? Is there one ambition or aim you hope to achieve in the coming years?

A major ambition of mine would be to collaborate with an idol, like Steve Angello for example and also keep producing the best music I can. I’ve seen plenty of artists make great progress and then nothing…so I want to try and keep producing the best music possible for as long as I can.

For more information on Corey James:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CoreyJamesOfficial 
https://twitter.com/ImCoreyJames 
https://soundcloud.com/coreyjamesofficial

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Corey James.

Corey James has been one of the talented producers within dance music, one who has been churning out some huge hits in the last few years. The producer and DJ has been rising up through the scene on some of the major labels, but more recently he dropped his first single on Size Records. And with this, he has established a little bit of a sound change from previous singles. This however,  could be one of his best tracks yet. So Corey James opened up about his first Size Records release, how he got involved in dance music, the change in his sound and much more.

Taking things back to the start, how was it you became involved within dance music? Was there a real driving force behind the move?

I became involved with dance music around the age of 17-18, that’s about the time I started going out to nightclubs and events. Obviously I familiar with it but never really “got it” until I started going out and experiencing it for myself.  Yes, I remember being so motivated and wanting to create this style of music. I fell in love with from the moment I heard it. I actually quit my full time job the day I decided I wanted to make dance music and take this producing and DJ’ing serious haha. Scary and bold move, but 100% worth it thinking back.

Corey James.

Since then, you have released on some major labels. Working with such labels, how has this impacted your career to date in terms of releasing music and your musical direction?

I think releasing with major labels is great! It allows you to understand the music industry a lot more, its changed my way of thinking.  I remember back when I first started I used to think “today I’m going to make a SIZE Records track” but now I think going into the studio and being true to yourself as an artist is the best way, that way its 100% your sound and your style. I’m just enjoy myself and make whatever I am feeling at that current time whether its festival tracks or “at home” Spotify streaming tracks. I think releasing on these labels has helped me to realize that’s the best way to be because they don’t want something that sounds exactly the same as everything else out there they want original music.

Corey James.

This leads us to your most recent release, ‘With You’. It is your first solo release on Size Records, the label which Steve Angello heads. What was this like for you to release a track on such a renowned label?

Anybody who knows me, knows that it’s been a dream come true for me.  Steve Angello is a huge inspiration to me and for him to believe in a record of mine and want to release it on his label is amazing.

The track itself features Santez, a friend of yours you have known for a few years now. How did you go about working with him in the studio? Was there a process which you carried out?

Yes, Santez and I are both from the same area and are really close friends. We got back from Ibiza with plenty of partying and thought we would have a studio session using some of the inspiration from the house and techno events we went to over there.  I’m always in the studio and a few of my close friends make music too so its normal for them to come and chill while I work on stuff. Santez played this really cool riff idea and I instantly heard something in my head and from that “With You” was born. It was a magical studio session everything just worked, one of those studio gold moments. I knew straight away with this track it was something special and really different.

Corey James.

In terms of working with other artists, vocalists and producers, do you find it harder to work on a collaboration rather than a solo release?

I enjoy collaborating, it allows me to get creative with other creative people. I think surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals and passion for something is important, hence why my friends who make music come my studio a lot and it’s great. That being said, I enjoy solo projects too gives you full control over the production.

You have produced a lot of tracks with the likes of WILL K over the last few years. And on this note, the track itself is a little different to the tracks we have heard from Corey James before. This is an electronic big hitter. Was this a sound you wanted to follow?

Corey James.

I’m pretty diverse with my sounds and I that’s the way I like it. Who wants to listen to an artist who creates the same music with every release? I like to switch it up and keep the fans on their toes haha.  But the vibe of the track is what I’m feeling on that day in the studio, for example “With You” was made after spending a week in Ibiza and now every time I listen to it, it just brings back the good memories of last summer with my friends.

Looking to the future, a lot is set to go on for Corey James. You have a lot of tour dates on the way with mini-tours and supporting the likes of Third Party. How do you find touring and is there any performances coming up you are particularly looking forward too?

I’m super excited for the next couple of months, there are plenty of shows / festivals etc.  I love touring! It’s great getting to see the world, doing something I love and meeting so many of my amazing supporters. I’m really looking forward to festival season.

On a musical front, what cans fans expect to see?

We just announced my next release, which is called “Bring It” on Protocol Records and I have some really good releases coming up, tracks I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting and finding the perfect home for. It should be great to see what my fans think, I’m excited! Once again really diverse sounds too, some big festival hitters and some down tempo feel good music.

Corey James.

Will it be a revisit to the move groovier sounds or can we expect a focus on the more electronic, pure Progressive sound in the future?

Who knows, depends on how I’m feeling on the day haha. I think it’s just important to keep the standard high and keep the “Corey James vibes” going. But I like to always make sure I have tracks to play in my club / festival sets so there will always be groovy / progressive sounds coming up.

A final note from Corey James, what is the major ambition for you, still being a young artist on the scene? Is there one ambition or aim you hope to achieve in the coming years?

A major ambition of mine would be to collaborate with an idol, like Steve Angello for example and also keep producing the best music I can. I’ve seen plenty of artists make great progress and then nothing…so I want to try and keep producing the best music possible for as long as I can.

For more information on Corey James:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CoreyJamesOfficial 
https://twitter.com/ImCoreyJames 
https://soundcloud.com/coreyjamesofficial

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