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Justin James

Justin James

The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Musician Record producer Composer
Type Business Music
Gender male
Birth 7 May 1975
Star sign TaurusTaurus
The details

Justin James Warnock, commonly known by his stage name Justin James (born May 7, 1975), is a Canadian electronic musician, DJ, educator and label owner. He has become an influential part of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan’s Techno scenes. He is best known for his work with Richie Hawtin’s “Minus” records and Dubfire’s “Sci+Tec” record label, as well for his DJing techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. In May 2014, James founded his own record label, refused.

Early life

James was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and at the age of two moved to Amherstburg, Ontario, a suburb of across the river from Detroit, the birthplace of techno. His father, James, worked as a manager at Chrysler and his mother, Marie-Claire, worked in various financial institutions. He has one sister, Nicole, who is a teacher. Love of music was introduced at early age in the household. James attended St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School in LaSalle. Upon graduation he studied Communications Studies at the University of Windsor, focusing on film, video, photography and sound production. After earning his degree, James continued his education through teachers college earning his Bachelors of Education from the University of Windsor.

In 2011, his track 'Suck My Soul' was featured in the compilation 'New Horizons' by Richie Hawtin along with several Minus's newcomers. In 2012, the track 'City Club' appears on the CD Mix 'A Transmission' by Dubfire, In 2013, Justin released 'Shallow Dreamer' (Sci+Tec), 'Exchange' (Minus), alongside Jorge Ciccioli and NSound. On May 23, his track 'Song So True' was featured on the MINMAX compilation, consolidating James as an internationally recognized artist.

On July 25, 2015, he performed at Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium). On October 31 of the same year, he performed at San Bernardino, California for ENTER. LA Escape: All Hallow's Eve. On 2016, he made his debut in The BPM Festival, at The Octopus Recordings Showcase.

Selected discography

Release Label Year
Space Sleaze refused. 2015
Planned Deviation SCI+TEC 2015
Not The Curator refused. 2014
Exchange Minus 2013
Shallow Dreamer SCI+TEC 2013


Release Artist Label Year
Jack EP Fer BR Trapez 2016
Prayer EP Carlo Ruetz Moonplay Records 2016
Anthracite Album Remixes Sian Octopus Recordings 2015
Meteorite EP Julian Jeweil Form 2015
Deep Something Dantiez Saunderson refused. 2015
Restored Marc Houle Minus 2015
Chemtrails EP Stone Owl Trapez 2013
Letting Go EP Hilary Warner Nightlight Records 2012

Appears on

Release Label Year
refused.one refused. 2015
accepted., Vol. 1 refused. 2014
minMAX Minus 2013
Dubfire - A Transmission SCI+TEC 2012
We Get Deeper - Deep & Tech Collection Vol. 6 Recovery Tech 2012
Colors - Deep & Tech Session 10 Recovery Tech 2012
Hot N Wet Sampler, Vol. 1 Hot N Wet Music 2012
University Of Electronic Music Recovery Tech 2012
120 Hz - Techno Selection Vol. 1 Recovery Tech 2012


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