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James Organ: The Art Of Playing Festivals

James Organ spills it out about the art of DJing at festivals.

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James Organ has had a very busy few months on the festival circuit with some mega shows over the last few years, plus plenty of club events as well. This year is set to be one of his biggest yet as he has already played shows at Parklife and V Festival, while also confirming shows for Reading, Leeds and Creamfields. With this, James Organ talks about the art of playing a festival with the short, small time frame and the difference between playing clubs and festivals.

The last few months have been extremely busy in terms of new music, plenty of touring dates and much more for James Organ. Can you sum up the experience so far? And has there been any stand out moments for you?

Hey guys, good to chat. The experience has been very welcomed as I’ve been working hard to break into this industry. There has been many (many!) standout moments so far, from the first festival gigs, to playing in Europe alongside some of my favourite DJs, signing music to some great record labels and many more. I’m learning every day, but the past few months (especially the gigs) have been phenomenal. I feel very lucky to be where I am right now and long may it continue.

Your sound is one which brings House and Tech House to the crowds. Is this something you always wanted to do? 

I never really have a fixed idea of the music I want to make. I just tend to sit down in the studio and make the music that I like to hear through trial and error; playing around with samples, chords and melodies and if what comes out at the end resonates with the people then this is a bonus.

I wanted to touch on the art of playing festivals, as many of your shows this year have been festivals, as well as upcoming shows at Creamfields, Reading Festival and Leeds Festival. How difficult is it to fine tune your set into a potential 45 minutes to 60 minutes? 

As any DJ will tell you, it’s hard to take the crowd on any sort of ‘journey’ in such a short time scale. However, a lot of my festival sets have been as long as 2 hours this year, including Hideout festival and soon to be Creamfields festival. You tend to get to play a lot harder at these gigs. In terms of ‘fine tuning’ a set, I’ll try and take in LOTS of different music so I am equipped to cope with as many different situations as possible. Whether I need to warm up, or play a bit tougher.

And in terms of the music which you select, depending on where you are on the line up, is this always a challenge as well? 

As mentioned earlier, I’ll always try to take in lots of music from early chuggy stuff, to BIG techno tracks so I am equipped to work with whatever the crowd are feeling on the day.

Now the crowd is one of the most important factors as well, feeding off of their energy and delivering the right tunes at the right time. How different is the crowd in the club compared to a festival? 

You find that club crowds tend to need a little more love earlier on, probably because they aren’t pissed yet! If you are playing first, you need to make sure to warm them up nicely, as opposed to getting excited too early on. This can have a negative effect on the whole flow of the night. On the flip side, festival crowds are there to PARTY, and you can usually notice this from very early on.

James Organ will also be delivering a set this year at the Warehouse Project at Yousef’s Circus event. Can you tell us how different that will be compared to your Summer festival shows? 

I played for the Circus crew last October at WHP, and it was probably one of the gigs of the year for me. Manchester crowds tend to be really patient with what you play, and so you can get away with playing lots of cool music, rather than just kick and bass. Hard to compare this gig to the festival stuff as it’s a different set up altogether. Expect some dark NASTY grooves at this one, I can’t wait!

Finally, rounding off the interview, what can fans of James Organ expect to hear or see from you over the next few months? 

I have releases forthcoming on New York based Nervous Records, a track on cool UK based label called ‘Carpe Diem Music’ as well as another EP on Junior Sanchez’ ‘Brobot Records’. I have forthcoming dates at Creamfields, Reading / Leeds, Chibuku Liverpool, as well as the Warehouse Project Manchester and many more. Come and say hello!

For more information on James Organ:
https://www.facebook.com/jamesorganmusic/
https://twitter.com/James__Organ
https://soundcloud.com/james_organ

James Organ - Press

James Organ

James Organ has had a very busy few months on the festival circuit with some mega shows over the last few years, plus plenty of club events as well. This year is set to be one of his biggest yet as he has already played shows at Parklife and V Festival, while also confirming shows for Reading, Leeds and Creamfields. With this, James Organ talks about the art of playing a festival with the short, small time frame and the difference between playing clubs and festivals.

The last few months have been extremely busy in terms of new music, plenty of touring dates and much more for James Organ. Can you sum up the experience so far? And has there been any stand out moments for you?

Hey guys, good to chat. The experience has been very welcomed as I’ve been working hard to break into this industry. There has been many (many!) standout moments so far, from the first festival gigs, to playing in Europe alongside some of my favourite DJs, signing music to some great record labels and many more. I’m learning every day, but the past few months (especially the gigs) have been phenomenal. I feel very lucky to be where I am right now and long may it continue.

Your sound is one which brings House and Tech House to the crowds. Is this something you always wanted to do? 

James Organ

I never really have a fixed idea of the music I want to make. I just tend to sit down in the studio and make the music that I like to hear through trial and error; playing around with samples, chords and melodies and if what comes out at the end resonates with the people then this is a bonus.

I wanted to touch on the art of playing festivals, as many of your shows this year have been festivals, as well as upcoming shows at Creamfields, Reading Festival and Leeds Festival. How difficult is it to fine tune your set into a potential 45 minutes to 60 minutes? 

As any DJ will tell you, it’s hard to take the crowd on any sort of ‘journey’ in such a short time scale. However, a lot of my festival sets have been as long as 2 hours this year, including Hideout festival and soon to be Creamfields festival. You tend to get to play a lot harder at these gigs. In terms of ‘fine tuning’ a set, I’ll try and take in LOTS of different music so I am equipped to cope with as many different situations as possible. Whether I need to warm up, or play a bit tougher.

And in terms of the music which you select, depending on where you are on the line up, is this always a challenge as well? 

James Organ

As mentioned earlier, I’ll always try to take in lots of music from early chuggy stuff, to BIG techno tracks so I am equipped to work with whatever the crowd are feeling on the day.

Now the crowd is one of the most important factors as well, feeding off of their energy and delivering the right tunes at the right time. How different is the crowd in the club compared to a festival? 

You find that club crowds tend to need a little more love earlier on, probably because they aren’t pissed yet! If you are playing first, you need to make sure to warm them up nicely, as opposed to getting excited too early on. This can have a negative effect on the whole flow of the night. On the flip side, festival crowds are there to PARTY, and you can usually notice this from very early on.

James Organ will also be delivering a set this year at the Warehouse Project at Yousef’s Circus event. Can you tell us how different that will be compared to your Summer festival shows? 

I played for the Circus crew last October at WHP, and it was probably one of the gigs of the year for me. Manchester crowds tend to be really patient with what you play, and so you can get away with playing lots of cool music, rather than just kick and bass. Hard to compare this gig to the festival stuff as it’s a different set up altogether. Expect some dark NASTY grooves at this one, I can’t wait!

James Organ

Finally, rounding off the interview, what can fans of James Organ expect to hear or see from you over the next few months? 

I have releases forthcoming on New York based Nervous Records, a track on cool UK based label called ‘Carpe Diem Music’ as well as another EP on Junior Sanchez’ ‘Brobot Records’. I have forthcoming dates at Creamfields, Reading / Leeds, Chibuku Liverpool, as well as the Warehouse Project Manchester and many more. Come and say hello!

For more information on James Organ:
https://www.facebook.com/jamesorganmusic/
https://twitter.com/James__Organ
https://soundcloud.com/james_organ

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