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James Cooper is part of Melbourne’s LAB trio, the brains behind one of Australia’s most respected underground parties. Through the combination of hard work, dedication and passion, LAB has been running for 7 years exposing a list of pivotal artists in the world of modern Techno to Australia. With many of these being debut tours, LAB has undoubtedly been a key contributor to educating the Australian market on high quality, non-commercial dance music. Expanding their horizons, 2011 saw the first launch of LAB in Berlin and at Burning Man Festival in the US.
Cooper’s roots lie in the sounds of Latin, Classical, Jazz and later Hip Hop. But it wasn’t until discovering turntables that he bounded into the rhythms of intelligent Techno and House. The absorption of early Techno influences such as Cari Lekebusch and Adam Beyer, accompanied by a high admiration for Ambient Electronica, namely Boards of Canada, Autechre, KLF and the like, contributed to Cooper’s fundamental understanding of quality electronic music. To him, DJing is not about ego, but an ever evolving adventure through the intricacies of sound and its marriage to people.
Recent years have seen Cooper performing internationally in Australia, Europe, China, North & Central America, Fiji and festivals such as Burning Man, Dimensions and Rainbow Serpent Festival. Currently based and running events in both Berlin & Melbourne, Mr. Cooper is finally turning focus to releasing his production.