The dawn of 2018 sees one of the underground’s most entrepreneurial artists, further confirm his position
as one of the most exciting and characterful exponents of deep and emotive techno.
After killer releases on Bedrock and Suara - that have remained staples in many A-lister’s sets over the
past couple of years - James Trystan has continued to pick up key, influential fans throughout 2017,
resulting in alignment with yet more tastemaker label talent. A huge EP on Sascha Braemer’s evergreen
What I Play was followed by an incredible collab with London’s Barber on the enigmatic Flashmob. The
result being ‘Black Magic’ - a full-bodied, rolling, tech-house beast that slayed Ibiza all Summer. And a
beautiful widescreen epic by the name of ‘The Way Back’ Aptly saw in the Autumn, gracing Amsterdam’s
highly influential Click Records.
The year has also been highly significant for Trystan on the live front. Not only does he continue to build
significant fanbases in much talked about hot spots like Ukraine, Kuala Lumpur, Koh Phangan, Bangkok,
Bali, Singapore and the US through his own expertly curated sets; his now scene-wide reputation as an
unrivalled self-starter when it comes to carving out opportunities on the DJ front, has spurred him on to
create his very own touring agency - Flow. Only a few months in and James can already count the likes of
Animal Picnic, Djuma Soundsytem, Luigi Rocca, Manuel Del La Mare & Aaryon as staple members of the
And this passion for collaborating with artists is always at the heart of what James does. As well as
continued work with long time partner Rory Gallagher and more recent studio ally, Neil Barber - James has
begun a new and already very fruitful partnership with hotley-tipped producer Third Son; one that looks to
be a very fitting meeting of minds and a certain new hotbed for Trystan bombs throughout 2018.
But perhaps most exciting is the news of a soon to be revealed Trystan penned imprint. After finishing his
most recent cut - ‘Delirium’ - which is being supported by a whole new raft of scene leaders like the likes of
Mano Le Tough, Jacques Renault and Ame - the realisation came that a unique spring-board for his ever-
evolving, yet uncompromising sound was the only way forward to keep him fully juiced and showcase the
full compliment of his talents.
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