“Delica is stereo equipment come to life, ambushing and hypnotizing you with a barrage of texture triggering an out of body experience, then the stereo equipment steals your body.”
— Aaron Sawczak
The Ontario native is an audiophile that just happens to be drummer. Over the years James has found the “drummer world” to darken and cast a shadow over the instrument and discovered to follow the road of traditional drumming would be castrating in distinguishing his voice. James is less interested in technique and more fascinated placing musical ideas in interactive motion. His sampledelic approach extracts, traps and repositions sounds from their original context, creating new work that illuminates and celebrates his favorite-recorded music.
These extracted sounds are used in form of quotation but divorced from there origin. These milliseconds of recycled music are presented in new linear movements, highlighting the core philosophical value James upholds in crafting music this way: Preserving the human soul in the digital revolution. The sonic result is entirely different when the repositioned samples are experienced, creating a new center of focus. The new experience becomes flesh morphed with machine moving together in unity, a technological civil rights movement. Delica is not electronic music, not acoustic music but "free feeling" soul music that presents honest and truthful moments. Recycled music filtered through a rhythmic human machine.
Davey James has performed on, produced and engineered hundreds of projects across North America. James started taking producing and engineering seriously after working for Rick Rubin in Los Angeles. James has worked with artists from major labels: Columbia, Wind Up, Warner Bros. and Capital records. He is an ethnomusicologist with a PhD that specializes in the sonic signature of multi-award winning Canadian music producer Daniel Lanois.