Tuesday, May 18, 2010
More about... James F!@#$%^ Friedman
James F!@#$%^ Friedman has been a fixture in New York's underground dance music scene for a decade now. As a journalist, DJ, promoter, label head and music supervisor, he has championed emergent sounds and artists like few others in North America. A one time staffer at XLR8R, Vice, and The Fader, he's also worked at !K7 Records, managing releases for the likes of Swayzak, Trevor Jackson and Tiga. In 2003, he left !K7 to launch Trevor Jackson's Output Recordings in the US, which he ran successfully for two years.
In that same period, his REFUSE! parties took off, garnering massive press support from the likes of I-D Magazine and playing host to visionary DJs like 2manydjs, Headman, Twitch, Erol Alkan and Michael Mayer. In fact, REFUSE! hosted the US debuts of Tiefschwarz, Ewan Pearson, Jackson and His Computer Band, Cut Copy, Annie's live band, David Gilmour Girls, and Greg Wilson.
His 2006 mix cd Go Commando served to establish Friedman's tastemaking aesthetic internationally, garnering rave reviews (10/10 in Vice for instance) and a nomination for Mix Album of the Year from the PLUG Awards alongside such heavyweights as Richie Hawtin, Ewan Pearson, DJ Shadow and Dominick Eulberg.
Already touring across the US and Europe, Friedman used this momentum to expand his efforts, launching Throne of Blood Recordings with the members of the Rapture in late 2006.
In 2007, Throne of Blood hit the road across the US and Canada alongside the Ed Banger Records crew to host and DJ at the infamous "Dafter Parties," after-show events following Daft Punk's groundbreaking ALIVE 2007 Tour.
2008 has seen Friedman return to throwing parties in New York, launching the highly successful Prime Time series with partner-in-crime Eamon Harkin. Held at classic venues Love and Santos Party House, Prime Time has hosted Metro Area, Todd Terje, Alexander Robotnik, Rub N Tug, Hercules and Love Affair, Ewan Pearson, Greg WIlson, and Stacey Pullen.
Next followed a year-long residency at the white-hot Mister Saturday Night parties in NYC where he shared the bill with Farley Jackmaster Funk, Kerri Chandler, Justin Martin, Mr. Fingers, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, JD Twitch and many more.
2010 has seen Friedman focusing on his record label, Throne of Blood, building up a schedule of amazing releases from new comers Populette and Harkin & Raney while working with veterans like Mugwump and The Rapture.