In September, U.K. DJ/producer James Hype connected with R&B legend Craig David for a feel-good house single, “No Drama.” The track, which reached No. 8 on DJcity UK’s monthly top 20 chart, has gone on to amass 15 million streams. It has also been named a “Future Dance Anthem” by BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam.
We recently stopped by James’ studio in London to see how he made the track. The Liverpool native explained how the song came together and broke down each layer in Ableton Live. He also discussed his creative process and the role that DJcity has played in his career.
Watch above and download “No Drama” on DJcity.
James Hype (Photo credit: ItsJustJoeB Photography)
Rising DJ/producer James Hype has teamed up with in-demand singer Kelli Leigh for a UK house anthem, “More Than Friends.” The track combines bass-heavy production with the lyrics from En Vogue’s 1996 R&B classic, “Don’t Let Go (Love).”
A staple in the UK house scene, Leigh is best known for singing on hits like Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” and Secondcity’s “I Wanna Feel.” In 2011, she collaborated with the Bingo Players on the anthem “Cry (Just a Little).”
James tells us:
“I started to make ‘More Than Friends’ over a year ago and just couldn’t quite get it where I wanted it. Then by chance, I hooked up with Kelli Leigh on Twitter, and everything quickly fell into place. Being the first vocal I ever recorded, it opened my eyes to a whole new level of songwriting past just making beats. So after a year of re-recording and road testing the track, it’s finally ready to light up every club’s dance floor.”
Stream “More Than Friends” below and download it on DJcity.
Rising house DJ/producer James Hype has had a busy start to the year. The UK native has already dropped six tracks, including official remixes for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Diplo, Pitbull, and Sage the Gemini.
Preview it below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
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