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Witch presents: James Barnsley (Vessel Records / Back to Basics)

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Ahead of the opening of our new monthly house & techno event 'Witch' we had 5 minutes with Back to Basics resident and Vessel Records owner James Barnsley who is headlining at our opening party this weekend.

Hey James, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us.

ORBS: You’re playing our first ‘Witch’ event on the 13th August and have been an integral part of the house scene in Leeds for over a decade, what in your opinion is the main change in the last few years?

James: Hey, Leeds has always had a thriving underground scene, over the last few years we've seen more venues opening and more parties popping up which does have its ups and downs, however, I'm really looking forward to playing Witch and seeing what the future holds for it.

ORBS: Your label Vessel Records seems to be going from strength to strength since it’s inception last year - Can you tell us a bit more about how the imprint started?

James: Yes Vessel is doing really well. I had been wanting to start my own label for some time and I had a few tracks that I had put to one side and had a good idea of the sound I was looking for and at the time I felt like I was ready to do it so here we are.

ORBS: Obviously you’ve been around for a fair while in Leeds - What would you say have been your highlights to date in the city?

James: There's been many highlights of my career in Leeds so far but ones that stand out for me are when I started playing at Back To Basics, as well as many of her memorable Basics parties that I played at over the years along side some of my biggest inspirations. Another was when Basics moved into my own club 'Stinkys Peep House'. I never thought I would ever see that day but I did and those days have been some of the best in my life. Other amazing times were had at my hip hop brand 'Slowdown Sounds' where I played along many other idols such as Mix Master Mike, Pete Rock and do cash money under my alias Jimmy Brooklyn. Finally starting my label 'Vessel Records' has been one of my favourite projects to date and I'm overwhelmed with the support the label has been getting.

ORBS: Can you tell us anything about your forthcoming releases? What’s to come on Vessel?

James: I have a track coming out on Politics of Dancing's anniversary compilation. I really love this Parisian label and I'm really happy to be a part of that. I'm also working on material for London-based No Fit State along with my next EP for Vessel.

ORBS: And finally your top 5 producers turning your head at the moment?

James: My favourite producers at the moment are Politics of Dancing, Diego Krause, Dj Honesty, Karousel and my long time friend Burnski.

Many thanks to James for taking the time out to chat with us you can catch him at The Old Red Bus Station this Saturday 13th August!

Get on the event page here - http://bit.ly/2aWuizL