James Vargas is a recording artist with Duffnote, Defected, Ministry of Sound, Guess, Sophisitacado, Solid Ground, Deep n Soul and Hed Kandi. Has featured on recordings with Boy George, Richard Earnshaw, Copyright, Imaani, Carleen Anderson, Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayers, Tantra Zawadi, Natasha Watts, Ben Collier, Dolls Combers, Mark Di Meo and Carlos Vargas, and has performed live with Culture Club, Julie McKnight, Lisa Millet, Paloma Faith, Ron Carrol, Nappy Brown, Shovell, Graeme Park, Sugar and Silk, Kenny Thomas, Adam Ant, DJ Spen, Brandon Block, Jeremy Healy, David Dunne, DJ Oliver, Pete Gooding, James Reid, Javier Barreda, and Mark Storie amongst others.
Last year saw James’ signature sax sound rise to no 8 in the coveted traxsource annual top 10 highest sellers with his long time friend and collaborator Richard Earnshaw’s underground smash, “iCulture”
These are exciting times for James, with a forthcoming Album Release from Boy George expected in late September, which will tour the UK in November and more collaborative offerings with Earnshaw, Dolls Combers, Oli Silk, James Reid, and host of other wonderfully talented producers. He enjoys a privileged and hard earned position as the one of the most respected and sought after saxophonists within the EDM community as well as being noted by many for his professionalism and friendly approach to his work.
As James himself says, “First there is my passion for what I do, which is boundless. It must go hand in hand with a complete dedication and respect to the music I am asked to play to.
I’m fortunate enough now to be able to choose the people with whom I work and they choose me because I get right inside the track. I try to imagine where I might include sax on the record I m hearing and play only to complement the vibe the DJ (the vast majority of whom are respected producers in their own right) I m working with is wishing to create. Less is always more. First respect the music, then shut your eyes and become one with the tune. Then something beautiful will happen.
It’s the best feeling in the world. Nothing on earth for me can or will ever compare to the feeling I get from making beautiful music in the most stunning and spectacular locations with the most talented and inspirational artists I am so blessed to be able to work with, many but by no means all of whom are listed here.
I give grateful thanks for the life I lead and the music I am lucky enough to share with all who wish to listen”