Steve James presents: MercuryRising
Steve “Jibgolly” James has passed away in November 2008. Rest in piece our friend and respect for the footprints you left on this planet! It was an honor to have you on the program.
Originally from Central Florida, 28 year old Steve James is an up and coming DJ who has gradually been gaining recognition in the global arena through his mixes and promos. His typical GEMINI characteristics are almost visible through his sounds: strong, upfront, and NOT to be missed. Having warmed his hands to the touch of a pair of SL1200â€™s for the last 9 years, his persistence and evolution of his characteristic sound finally won him a spot on Eccentricbeats.
Steve has been severely influenced by Digweed. â€œJohnâ€™s music has the ability to propel you into a forward thinkingâ€ he retorts. Steveâ€™s roots to the underground EDM travel back to 1997. â€œI went to a party called Zen and it was the first time I witnessed the legends Sasha & Digweed. From that night on FL breaks were no longer cutting it. I was a full blown house addict, seeking out UK releases of Northern Exposure and listening to them countless times. Driving all over FL from 1997-2001, I frequented nearly every party that catered to the scene: WMC, UltraFest, Simons, Firestone, Shadow Lounge, Crobar, The Rubb, etc. Anywhere Digweed played, I tried to be there. Dragged by my obsession, I also crossed state lines and drove to Atlanta a few times to see him (Digweed) spin on several occasions. Iâ€™ve always been mesmerized how heâ€™s been able to transform his sound from one night to the next with ease.â€
Yet, for the next three years, Steve hadnâ€™t cashed in on his own set of â€œdexâ€. â€œI didnâ€™t buy my own turntables until 2000â€³ he says. â€œI spent a summer delivering furniture for extra money to buy a set of 1200â€™sâ€. To fulfill his obsessions, he continued to frequent record shops like Neptune (Tampa, FL) and the Drop Shop (Orlando, FL). Building a name for himself in Orlando on a small pirate station Party93 (93.9fm) playing each Sat & Sun from 11pm-3am.
â€œItâ€™s been quite a journeyâ€ he says. â€œHaving played for a local radio station and finally being offered a chance to spin on Eccentricbeats to a global audience, itâ€™s definitely been a wild ride of slipups and comebacksâ€. Having moved to Atlanta in 2001 right before Thanksgiving, heâ€™s been playing out there for nearly three years at clubs such as Illusions, The Crescent Room, and various other house parties.
Steve also spends a lot of his free time online finding out about new producers and records and has become a â€œdie-hardâ€ representative of the MercuryServer community with his show being aptly named â€œMercuryRisingâ€. When asked how he got tied to an online community such as MercuryServer Steve says: â€œInternet geekery and tireless networking. As soon as [ms] (MercuryServer) was launched, I was addicted.
The idea of creating a site just to spread the weekly Kiss 100 mixes from John Digweed and guests was original, in addition to being an incredible service to music junkies around the globe who havenâ€™t had the opportunity to listen to John spin live or havenâ€™t had enough of him. I wanted to help them in any and every way possible. Eventually someone from [ms] recommended my sound to Ariel Cybana. She then got in touch with me and requested a set. After receiving my mix and airing it, she was so impressed that she and Phil offered me my own radio spot.â€
As they sayâ€¦. the rest is historyâ€¦.
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