Turntablist and Composer based in Leicester, England. I’m a Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Northampton and PhD candidate researching at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester supervised by the Doctor of noise John Richards and Doctor of turntablism Sophy Smith. I also compose ambient electronic music and Dub Sounds.

Selected Performances

Ginger Snaps, Omeara, London 2017
Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester 2017
Turntable Music Symposium, University of Northampton 2017
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 2016
Turntable Music Symposium, University of Northampton 2016 
United Nations of Dub Festival, Prestatyn, Wales 2013
Audio Graft Festival, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford 2011
UK Young Artists Festival, Derby 2010
British Art Show, New Art Exchange, Nottingham 2010
Young Artists Biennale, Skopje, Macedonia 2009
STENCH, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester 2009
An evening of vinyl manipulation, St Nicolas Church, Leicester 2009
A Tribute to Stockhausen, Southbank Centre, London. 2008
Declose, Plastic People, London 2008
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London 2007
Electro-Acoustic Music Studies Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester 2007


James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt

Between 2009 and 2011 I worked on an album called Transformation of the Mind featuring the Polish vocalist Ola Szmidt. The album started off as an instrumental project which I performed at gigs with Bathysphere and Stench. Part of my compositional approach was to work with improvisors, recording them improvising along to my drones and then editing the recordings to create new tracks. The instrumentalists featured on the album included; Dave Dhonau, Mike Sole, Corey Mwamba, Cyriel Diels, Dylan Menzies, Walt Shaw, Diego Cofone, Francis Binns and Motje Wolf. I worked on around twenty tracks with Ola and the album was mixed at the Bathysphere studio with Chris Cousins.

The tracks from the album were also remixed by a host of producers including; Si Tew, Echo Locate, Envelope, Asterion, Herve Perez, Adam Chetty, Daidono, MSB, Myoptik, Dicofone.

James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt The Healing Remix EP

James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt Transformation Remix EP

James Kelly and Adam Weikert


I worked in an ambient electronic duo with Adam Weikert between 2007 and 2008. We recorded three studio improvisations which were released on CDR and performed a handful of concerts in Leicester and Coventry.

Live set at Summer Sundae 2008

The Green EP

Live Electronic Improvisation with Adam Weikert

Improvisation with Adam Weikert

Piece For Laser Beam

Pure Phase


Pure Phase was a production and performance duo working in Dubstep and UK Dub from 2007 – 2013. We regularly DJ’d with The Biscuit Tin Sound System as well as gigs for promoters such as Rubberdub, Nottingham and Drop, London. We had music releases on labels Full Melt, Cymbalism, Dirty Circuit and Filthy Digital as well as dubplates for Counteraction and 8755. The Pure Phase archive includes performance videos, discography and downloads.

DJ for The Biscuit Tin Sound System : BTSS : 8755

Biscuit Tin Sound System

Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Dirty Electronics Ensemble and Kei Miyata Curve Theatre Residency 2013
DJ Sniff with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, Leicester 2012
Chris Carter with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, Phoenix Square 2010
Dirty Electronics Ensemble Perform Stockhausen, Southbank Centre, London 2008
Merzbow with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, Leicester and Birmingham 2008
Dot Arena Festival, Leicester, 2008
Sonic Arts Network Expo, Plymouth 2007
Solo performance of Fastworm by John Richards at EMS International Conference, 2007
Piece for 16 Amplifiers, De Montfort University, Leicester 2004

 DJ Mixes


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