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AJ picked up a set of drumsticks at the young age of 9 and immediately was playing beats, first garage metal band by age 13. Huge Rock/metal influence growing up and was in numerous band projects throughout high school and college playing mostly guitar and bass guitar.

Stumbled across EDM in Sacramento California in 1998 and took to liking breaks, trance, DnB and house.

Bought his first record in 1999 with hopes to be a DJ and hit the ground running not only promoting and hosting his own events as well as events hosted by good friends and family in Sacramento up until 2007, now living in San Francisco

and has brought Strategik to the bay area with help from a few others,

and now part of a huge DJ/Production Krew StrategikSF

that hosts parties, campouts, renegades, anniversary club shows, breakbeat BBQ’s and plenty of participating in festivals, concerts or gatherings…

strategikDJ’s are known throughout the Bay Area and you can always count on seeing one of them including Anthony James wherever you see the famous"Skull and Headphones"