Initially inspired by Chicago House music legends Steve Poindexter, Larry Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and the many talents being featured on urban radio, James Vincent would establish a style of playing music that extended far beyond his Chicago roots. Having been schooled as a drummer and percussionist at an early age, he would develop a vision of music that was unique to his experiences. Much like a painter, choosing certain colors to create an image or mood on canvas, JV strove to become the type of dj who was capable of channeling emotions via the music they selected, and in doing so truly practiced the art-form.
As his journey progressed, influenced by New York radio and the master mixes of Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, and Tony Humphries, JV began to focus his attention on the many layers and textures emanating from the NYC music scene; much of what he felt to be at the root of what would become known as House music in Chicago.
A road trip to the Paradise Garage in its final days, along with the mystique of the New York underground would be enough for JV to accept an invite to play a loft party for a crew of “clubheads” calling themselves “Snobs”. It would be during this time sharing the set with dj/producer and Snob Buster's resident Renato Pearson that he would learn the intricacies of working a crowd, both from the booth and the dance floor. JV would later come to recognized that his journey with House had so much more to teach him beyond the music, and he was eager to learn.
After moving and landing work at an independent record distributor, he would find his way into the heart of New York City nightlife, learning the ins and outs of the music industry along the way. Over time his experience and insight would lead him to work for well-established music entities. From the influential Vinylmania Records, to dance music staple King Street Sounds and Chicago dj/producer Ron Trent’s Prescription Records, as well as for conglomerate Sony Music Distribution.
Over time, especially after beginning a long run on Cyberjamz internet radio, JV would establish himself as a dj to be heard both in New York and Chicago. No matter the venue, James Vincent has come to be known as a dj that exerts a reverence and passion for music, which is often reflected by the audience that comes to hear him play it.