James Zabiela

James Zabiela

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James Zabiela
James Zabiela (born August 7, 1979) is a DJ from Southampton in the United Kingdom. His signature style is a fusion of Breakbeat and House music. He is known for his turntable skills, extensive use of loops and effects, and the use of the Pioneer CDJ1000s, EFX1000 as well as more recently using Ableton Live.

James gained fame in 2000 by winning Muzik Magazine's Bedroom Bedlam competition, Best Bedroom Bedlam DJ 2001, and has since been signed to Sasha's Excession agency.

James joined forces with Nic Fanciulli to form the one+one collaboration. The pair performed a series of gigs across the US and Europe throughout 2009. Zabiela is now touring the world on his own, having just wrapped up shows in Australia and Colombia.
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James Zabiela Discography


RENJZDVD01 James Zabiela The Masters Series - Life(DVD-D, Album, Club, Enh, Promo, S/Edition) Renaissance RENJZDVD01 UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RENCDS029 James Zabiela Utilities EP (EP) Renaissance RENCDS029 UK 2005 Sell This Version
RENX040 James Zabiela Weird Science (EP) Renaissance RENX040 UK 2006 Sell This Version
RENX053DJ James Zabiela The Perseverance E.P. (EP) Renaissance RENX053DJ UK 2007 Sell This Version
RENX048 James Zabiela Human(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Renaissance RENX048 UK 2007 Sell This Version
RENX 065 James Zabiela Darkness EP (EP) Renaissance RENX 065 UK 2009
123 James Zabiela Human(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Sti) Not On Label 123 2010 Sell This Version
JZB1 James Zabiela Burnt Bridges(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Not On Label JZB1 2011 Sell This Version
HOPE099 James Zabiela Blame(3xFile, WAV, Single) Hope Recordings HOPE099 UK 2011
BE001D James Zabiela The Healing (Single) Born Electric BE001D UK 2012 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

GTDJ001 James Zabiela GTDJ James Zabiela 001 (Comp) Groovetech Records GTDJ001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Xmag000 James Zabiela Reason Mix (Comp) XMAG Xmag000 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
HOOJCDLP016 James Zabiela Sound In Motion (Comp) Hooj Choons HOOJCDLP016 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SYS1037-2 James Zabiela ALiVE (Comp) Renaissance SYS1037-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
90738-2 James Zabiela Utilities (Comp) Renaissance 90738-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
none Meat Katie And James Zabiela Meat Katie And James Zabiela - DJ Face Off(CD, Comp, Mixed) DJ Magazine none UK 2005 Sell This Version
DJ 430/12/06 James Zabiela The Appliance Of Science(CD) DJ Magazine DJ 430/12/06 UK 2006 Sell This Version
REN48CD James Zabiela The Masters Series Part 12(2xCD, Mixed) Renaissance REN48CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
MIXMAG 12/10 James Zabiela Destination: Future Mixmag MIXMAG 12/10 UK 2010 Sell This Version
none James Zabiela BBC Radio 1 - Essential Mix(File, AAC, Mixed, VBR) BBC Radio 1 none UK 2010
REN57CD James Zabiela The Masters Series Part 15 - Life(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Renaissance REN57CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
none James Zabiela Live @ The Warehouse Project Manchester UK 18-12-2011 (Fixed)(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Not On Label (James Zabiela Self-released) none UK 2011
none James Zabiela Paradigm Shifts 1 & 2(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Not On Label (James Zabiela Self-released) none UK 2011
none James Zabiela Paradigm Shift Pt 1(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) Not On Label (James Zabiela Self-released) none UK 2011
RA.319 James Zabiela RA.319 Resident Advisor RA.319 UK 2012

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September 6, 2008
The constant references to Zabiela as Sasha's protege don't give him enough credit; Zabiela has eclipsed Sasha. I don't dispute that Sasha's production skills are top quality, but his live performances lack something. They increasingly sound like the work of only a good -- not great -- DJ.

Zabiela on the other hand, well, Zabiela is one of the few DJs who can excite me these days. He's got Sasha's ability to innovate, a Qbert's ability to manipulate records, and his own proprietary mix of chunky, grooving basslines.

Perhaps he's not the most forward thinking DJ, but I've not been disappointed so far. I look forward to hearing his sound evolve and mature.


January 24, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
In my opinion James has a very unique style with choosing his trax & mixing. It is true minimalistic art on music with a lot of hidden details in trax & mixes. He is not your typical Top 10 mainstream DJ. That makes him even more special. I hope it remains like that! Now I understand why he got a lot of support from Sasha! His style his a crossover from different Genres. James, keep up the good work.


April 29, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
What strikes me about James's Mixes is not only their technical brilliancy but how unique the music is. Maybe I don't listen to enough tech house (which I guess is what you could classify his music). It's glitchy, it's breaky, it's solid beats, whatever he puts on his CD music sounds like something completely new. The live stuff I've heard has a little more recognizable stuff, but this is different. And as I listen more and more the more addictive it becomes.


May 30, 2004
If the second apprentice of Sasha isn’t the living proof that djing can be more than just playing records then I don’t know who is. James is redefining what being a dj is. His style is fun techyacidbreakbeatmashup with heavy doses of fitly baselines, but you have to see him live to understand anything anyone has ever told you about this guy. His live manipulation of both vinyl and digital music is indescribable. Sure, you’ll hear you local djs saying words like “I’m a dj’s dj cos I play vinyl on two tables with my mixer and I do it the old fashion way.” Well, that’s nice and all, but if you want to see the progress and full potential you can get out of that gear then look now further. You will never see a pair of decks the same again once you see how James handles and abuses them like no other.

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