Specialist Sound aka James Paredes is the latest signing to A R Records.
He discovered underground music in around 1991, after a wholesome upbringing of early Hip Hop and Blues. The passion was firmly cemented with frequent train journeys from Northampton to Milton Keynes to buy tape packs from Dreamscape, Book of Love and Fantasia with his paper round money.
Learning to produce and DJ Happy Hardcore in 2003, he gained several releases under the name SHM (Simple Harmonic Motion) and had collaborations with the likes of Darren Styles and Mark Breeze.
His attention then turned to Drum and Bass, with a staple diet of RAM, Virus, Bad Company, John B, Metalheadz, Good Looking Records and Emotif. Outside the realms of Drum and Bass, musical influences include Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Hans Zimmer, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson, Chicane, Above & Beyond .
While teaching music at Northampton College and Northampton University between 2003 and 2008, he mastered the art of production. Endless hours in the studio led to the 4 track EP ’Back in 96’, which was picked up by John B for Beta Recordings in 2018. This was followed shortly with 2 massive tracks; ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Take My Hand’ on Missrepresents’ label Sliced Note Recordings.
His remix of Reflekt – ‘I Need To Feel Loved’ captured the attention of label boss Exposure and a relationship was formed, culminating in the signing of the forthcoming 4 track ‘Hypnotise EP’.
Expect a mixture of 90’s rave influenced DnB with futuristic, Neurofunk vibes.
Hypnotise EP will be released on A R Records 15.02.19