James Vincent

James Vincent


Inspired by Chicago house music pioneers like Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, Marshall Jefferson and Larry Heard, dj James Vincent has established a style of playing music that extends far beyond his “Windy City” roots. First given the platform to play for a diverse audience via college radio in the mid-south, he produced and hosted a weekly dance music show for a listenership whose musical tastes extended far beyond the valleys of Tennessee and the campus’ of TSU & Fisk Universities. With a student populous plucked from all corners of the country; mid-west, deep-south, west and east coasts alike - James would learn the value of playing to a diverse group of people with equally diverse tastes in music. By incorporating select regional tunes into his repertoire of dance music, he would come to understand the principle of “the journey”. That is, programming a set of selections that take its audience to a different state of being, releasing them of any inhibitions to dance freely. James came to believe a dj, like the painter who chooses certain colors to create an image and mood on canvas, is capable of “telling a story” via the music they select, and in doing so truly practice a musical art-form. Having been exposed to New York radio and the master mixes of Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, and Tony Humphries, JV began to focus his attention on the many “textures & layers” emanating from the NYC music scene. After about 2 years on the air-waves of WFSK and playing the college party circuit around the “Music City”, it would ultimately be the lure of the New York underground that would lead him to pack his bags. All it took was a weekend road trip to the Paradise Garage and then a bit later an invite to play a recurring guest slot for a crew of former Garage “heads” calling themselves “Snob Busters”. JV recognized that his personal journey with house music had more to teach him and he was eager to learn. Once in New York James began what was to be the education of a lifetime. By landing work at an indie record distributor, he found 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 some well established companies, indie and major alike. This would include stints working retail at the influential store Vinylmania Records, promotion and management at label King Street Sounds for dj/producer Ron Trent’s Prescription Records and urban marketing for Sony Music Distribution. Concurrently, James was establishing himself as a dj to be heard both in New York and Chicago. Starting with his NYC debut at “Snob’s”, as it was affectionately known, he learned the intricacies of working a dance floor sharing the decks with dj/producer Renato Pearson. From that early experience JV would go on to play respected venues like Blackbox, Shelter and Cielo in the NY area, as well as Clubhouse, Red Dog, Subterranean & The Shrine in Chicago. Whether playing an event in the city or one of his residencies in Brooklyn… (Atmosphere at 667, BK Lounge Sessions at Kili Lounge or ABHJ at the Bedford Loft), his reverence and passion for music was often reflected by the audience that came to hear him play. And with a weekly broadcast on Cyberjamz Internet Radio since 2004, James Vincent has been sharing that passion with the music lovers of Brooklyn and the world at large.