Oliver James is one of the hottest things to hit the recent London club scene, and hails from the northern musical hotbed of Manchester, UK. He draws a great deal of inspiration from the city’s dance music golden era of the 1980s and 1990s, which was embodied by Factory Records and the Haçienda nightclub.
Fast-forwarding to 2002, we find Oliver James moving to the Capital and jeopardising his student loan by investing in his first pair of Technics, which provide the much-needed output for his passion and soon-to-be-discovered natural gift for DJing.
In 2005, he enters the UK Daily Telegraph Student DJ competition, where he reaches the national final and drops musical bombs on the world-renowned main room of Ministry of Sound in London, landing himself 2nd place in the process. He was the only entrant in the competition to mix entirely from CD decks, which demonstrated a bourgeoning interest in the latest DJ technology.
In December 2006, alongside Marcus Robson and Jon Passey, Oliver creates one of the top DJ groups in London – Nuestra Casa - who strive to bring the sexy sound of deep and progressive house to the Capital’s dance floors.
Their nights, the first of which was held in the modest surroundings of Juno Bar in Shoreditch, instantly send ripples across the London house scene. In January 2008, Oliver joined forces with fellow Nuestra Casa resident Cosmique and delivered an unforgettable set at T2 in Turnmills, after which they realised how much they have in common in terms of music taste, DJ style and passion.