James Holden (producer)
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James Holden Producer

James Holden
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Holden at a performance at Pacha, New York
Background information
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 39)
Exeter, Devon, England

James Alexander Goodale Holden (born 7 June 1979) is a British electronic music artist and DJ.


Holden started his career in 1999 at age 19, when he released the trance single "Horizons", which he created with the freeware software Buzz.[2] After this he released numerous singles and remixes on different labels such as Lost Language, Perfecto Recordings, and Positiva Recordings. He was also one-third of Mainline, which was responsible for the double single of "Narcotic" and "Innerspace". He has also worked with singer Julie Thompson as Holden & Thompson. He grew up in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, before studying mathematics at Oxford University.[3]

Holden kicked off his record label Border Community with his own future single "A Break in the Clouds". From then on, he has released remixes of artists from Madonna and Britney Spears, through Depeche Mode and New Order, to Nathan Fake and Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid. In April 2006, his mix album James Holden at the Controls was Mixmag 's 'Album of the Month'.

In 2006, Holden released The Idiots are Winning, described by The Guardian as "the most astonishing debut in electronic music since Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children." [4]

Border Community kickstarted the careers of many young musicians, such as Nathan Fake, Fairmont and Holden. James Holden often performs alongside his labelmates at one of his Border Community label nights at Corsica Studios in London.

Selected discography

Mix albums



  • Milky Globe & James Holden - "Sun Spots" (LoEB)
  • James Holden - "The Wheel" (Cocoon)
  • Holden & Thompson - "Nothing" (loaded) - UK #51[5]
  • "Spongiform Lifeblood" (Border Community)
  • "A Break in the Clouds" (Border Community)
  • Holden & Thompson - "Come To Me" (loaded)
  • "Solstice/I Have Put Out the Light" (Silver Planet)
  • "One For You" (Direction Records, Silver Planet)
  • "Horizons" (INCredible)
  • "Renata" (Border Community)


  • 3 Phase feat. Dr. Motte - "Der Klang Der Familie" (James Holden Wet & Fucked Mix)
  • Aaron-Carl - "Dance Naked" (James Holden Remix)
  • Accadia - "Into the Dawn" (James Holden Remix)
  • André Kraml - "Safari" (James Holden Remix)
  • Avus - "Fancy Arse" (James Holden's Sunday Night Remix)
  • Black Strobe - "Nazi Trance Fuck Off" (Holden Mix)
  • Blue Amazon - "Breathe" (James Holden Remix)
  • Blu Peter - "Funky Suite" (James Holden Remix)
  • Britney Spears - "Breathe on Me" (Holden Dub)
  • Britney Spears - "Breathe on Me" (Holden Vocal Mix)
  • Caribou - "Bowls" (Holden Remix)
  • The Coffee Boys - "The Touch" (James Holden Remix)
  • Depeche Mode - "The Darkest Star" (James Holden Remix/Dub)
  • Dextro - "Do You Need Help" (Holden Acoustic/Noise Tool)
  • Electrique Boutique - "Revelation" (James Holden Remix)
  • Joshua Ryan - "Pistolwhip" (James Holden Remix)
  • Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - "The Sun Never Sets" (Holden Remix)
  • Kirsty Hawkshaw - "Fine Day" (James Holden Remix)
  • Loki - "NYC Underground" (James Holden Inertia Remix)
  • Madonna - "Get Together" (James Holden Mix)
  • Meerkat - "Colours" (James Holden Re-edit)
  • Mercury Rev - "Senses On Fire" (Holden Mix)[6]
  • Mogwai - "The Sun Smells Too Loud" (Holden Mix)
  • Misstress Barbara - "Barcelona" (Holden Bass Tool)
  • Misstress Barbara - "Barcelona" (Holden Bell Dub)
  • Nathan Fake - "The Sky Was Pink" (Holden Remix)
  • Nathan Fake - "The Sky Was Pink" (Holden Noise Tool)
  • New Order - "Someone Like You" (James Holden Heavy Dub)
  • Radiohead - "Reckoner" (Holden Mix) [7]
  • Roland Klinkenberg - "Inner Laugh" (James Holden Remix)
  • Solid Sessions - "Janeiro" (James Holden Remix)
  • System 7 - "Planet 7" (James Holden Remix)
  • Timo Maas presents Mad Dogs - "Better Make Room" (James Holden Remix)
  • Ultra Violet - "Heaven" (James Holden's Ariane Dub)
  • Watergate - "Heart of Asia" (James Holden Remix)


  1. ^ Play.fm
  2. ^ "James Holden". beatfactor.net. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved . The stuff everyone is really interested in begins aged 19, with a track called "Horizons". Written during his summer holidays from his maths degree at Oxford University on a £500 PC and a piece of revolutionary music software called Buzz (a freeware internet download), this crossover anthem of the summer of 1999 propelled young James and his bedroom set-up into the top flight of dance music production.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  3. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/jamesholden/biography
  4. ^ Guardian.co.uk
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 254. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ 'Senses On Fire' Remix
  7. ^ 'Reckoner' Remix Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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