Let Them Eat Cake

James Holden (UK)

1999 now seems like a very long time ago, but it was then that a 19 year old James Holden first burst onto the UK dance music scene with his exuberant teenage trance hit 'Horizons'. It was his role of A&R scout, founder and tastemaker of cult label Border Community though that proved to be the perfect compliment to his flourishing DJ career back then, as breakthrough records from young artists like Nathan Fake, Extrawelt, The MFA, Fairmont and Petter found their natural home in his Border Community label alongside his own productions.

More recently, Holden has taken his first tentative steps into the live arena, first of all at the behest of Caribou's Dan Snaith who gave Holden's previously studio-bound modular synthesizers a live outing as part of their extended Caribou Vibration Ensemble line-up for a series of ATP shows at the end of 2011. And eager for another taste of that collective live performance magic, Holden also seized upon the opportunity to contribute the soundtrack to Oxford mathematician and TV presenter Marcus Du Sautoy's multimedia lecture on 'Consciousness' and the brain, performed at London's Barbican Arts centre and the Latitude festival.

This Spring sees Holden rise to the challenge laid down by none other than Thom Yorke, to convert those momentary studio modular synth jams into a stage performance fit for an Atoms For Peace US support tour, joined once again by Tom Page on drums. An astonishing seven years has now elapsed since the release of Holden's milestone debut album The Idiots Are Winning, but June this year saw Holden finally return in a big way, with a brand new artist album of suitably epic proportions: the 75 minute long English pagan saga The Inheritors. When the dust finally settles after The Inheritors, and Holden gets another chance to immerse himself in the fantasy world of his beloved synthesizer collection, who knows where the next chapter of the Holden story will take us.