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DJ/Producer/Remixer by night and Respect Music Owner/Director/Radio Show Host/Booking Agent and Label Manager by day, James Canning has been one of the purveyors of the underground Funk and Soul Music scene for the past 10 years on the East Coast of Australia.
He has played alongside a diverse array of acts such as: Kenny Dope Gonzalez, DJ Hyper, B.L.I.M, DJ Dee Kline, 2Dogs, The Resin Dogs, Kid Kenobi, Bob Sinclar, DJ Gregory, De La Soul, Koolism, Downsyde, Ian Pooley, Syke n Sugarstarr, Grant Nelson, Nic Toth, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Hybrid, Jason Herd, Dirty Laundry, Roger Sanchez, Rasmus Faber, Blackstreet and many others. He’s also played at premiere events such as Two Tribes, Summafieldayze, BDO and Good Vibrations.
Throughout this time he has also been at the helm of numerous radio shows featuring mash ups of house, funk, breaks, hip hop and soul, and most recently being a part of Respect Music Radio, which claimed No.1 voted by the people specialty show in 2009 on Gold Coast station Radio Metro 105.7FM and has also gained support and airplay in Melbourne, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville.
James’s first production release was ‘Latin Boogaloo’ on the Kingz of Steel Hip Hop compilation in 2002, through Butter Beats. He has since produced many tracks through his collaborations with Otto Mitter and Grant Wallis under alias Rubber Johnson and also alone with Otto as No Siesta.
In late 2009 Rubber Johnson collaborated with All Good Funk Alliance from the USA, to release the single ‘Man With A Jam Plan’ on Super Hi-Fi. This was pressed to vinyl armed with a Fort Knox Five Remix. Rubber Johnson put their own spin on the track releasing a remix early 2010, again on Super Hi-Fi, which gained much positive feedback despite being hard to pigeon hole the sound.
2011 has seen the debut release for Respect Music Records with this release also being No Siesta’s debut release. Within 3 weeks, the release took up the number 3 position in the Brokenbeat/Nujazz charts on Traxsource.
James aims to release more productions in 2012 under both aliases No Siesta and Rubber Johnson. He will also be working on more message conscious releases under a new alias titled “Creative Consciousness” as well as producing Andrea Tenille’s debut release with Respect Music Records.
James’s collection of music, industry knowledge and contacts allows him to create whatever atmosphere. From a 12 piece funk band or 6 piece Latin ensemble, to a soul / Latin jazz lounge DJ set or throbbing tribal house DJ set.
In the studio he can draw upon his many musical influences and talented session musicians to create anything from Latin Jazz and Hip Hop to Funky House and Breaks. What ever the vibe, if it has got soul or rhythm he will be a part of it, as he knows nothing else.
Confirmation of this dedication to his work can be found through his trademark signature and company slogan
- Love, Respect, Music