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DJ/Producer/Remixer by night and Respect Music General Manager/Radio Show Host/Marketing and Entertainment Consultant and Label Manager by day, James Canning has been one of the purveyors of the underground Electronic Funk and Soul Music scene on the East Coast of Australia since 2001.


DJ CAREER: He has played alongside a diverse array of acts such as: Kenny Dope Gonzalez, DJ Hyper, B.L.I.M, DJ Dee Kline, The Resin Dogs, Kid Kenobi, Bob Sinclar, DJ Gregory, De La Soul, Koolism, Downsyde, Ian Pooley, Syke n Sugarstarr, Grant Nelson, Nic Toth, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Hybrid, Jason Herd, Roger Sanchez, Rasmus Faber, Blackstreet and many others. He’s also played at premiere events such as Two Tribes, Summafieldayze, Good Vibrations and The Big Day Out.


RESPECT MUSIC RADIO: Throughout this time he has also been at the helm of numerous radio shows featuring mash ups of house, funk, breaks, hip hop and soul, and most recently being a part of Respect Music Radio, which claimed No.1 voted by the people specialty show in 2009 on Gold Coast station Radio Metro 105.7FM and has also gained support and airplay in Melbourne, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville over the years and continues to this day.


PRODUCTION ALIASES: James’s first solo production release was ‘Latin Boogaloo’ on the Kingz of Steel Hip Hop compilation in 2002, through Butter Beats. He has since produced many tracks through his collaborations with Otto Mitter, Grant Wallis and Andrea Tenille under the alias Rubber Johnson and also alone with Otto as No Siesta. In late 2009 Rubber Johnson collaborated with All Good Funk Alliance from the USA, to release the single ‘Man With A Jam Plan’ on Super Hi-Fi. This was pressed to vinyl armed with a Fort Knox Five Remix (R.I.P Jon Horvath). Rubber Johnson put their own spin on the track releasing a remix early 2010, again on Super Hi-Fi, which gained much positive feedback despite being hard to pigeon hole the sound.


2011 saw Rubber Johnson once again collaborate with AGFA this time with the tracks "Mr Hipnoid" and "Motivate" featured on All Good Funk Alliance's latest album titled "Jacks Of All Trades" which was released on Fort Knox Recordings out of Washington DC. Later in 2012 both the alias Rubber Johnson and No Siesta produced remixes for tracks from this same release, both of which gained great feedback.


RESPECT MUSIC RECORDS: Finally in 2013 the debut release for Respect Music Records was born with the release of No Siesta's debut single "Bing Bing Boom!" which within 3 weeks the release took up the number 3 position in the Brokenbeat/Nujazz charts on Traxsource. The release also featured remixes by Jeremy Sylvester aka Socafrica, Nine Live The Cat and DJ Katch offering a diverse selection of flavours.


This was then followed by Rubber Johnson's long awaited debut "U Can't Stop The Rubber Rocket" which showcased remixes from Slyde, AGFA, Phonic Funk and Reekay Garcia. This also gained alot of positive support from funk fans world wide. The 3rd release on RM Records was that of Australian Hip Hop artist Stalkz featuring Jacob Rhode with their track "Brave New World" this release offered something different to the label and came with a full film clip and remixes by Rubber Johnson and Zeed Mantis. 2015 proved to be the year for the label with a stream of releases and remixes being dropped by Sharif D, Cutloose, Teddy Black, Sean Murray, DJ De La Roche, The Shazam Experience, Faiith, Frankie Shakes, Rubber Johnson, Axis (Tom Drummond and Michael Justice) Jimi Needles, MuSol, Zamali and Mario Coppola, Ad'N'Kuts as well as many more pending by the likes of Opolopo and Amalia, Sharif D and Black Cherry, Mark Maxwell, Creative Consciousness and Andrea Tenille to name but a few.


James aims to release more productions under both his already established aliases "No Siesta" and "Rubber Johnson" but will also be working on some new additions to his schedule with a more conscious alias titled "Creative Consciousness" which should be dropping its debut in late 2015 to early 2016. Also on a Deep House and Disco, R'n'B, Soulful tip alias by the name of "Black Cherry" which is a collaboration between two vocalists Darren Stockman, Andrea Tenille and himself. He has also formed a further alias with production partner Otto Mitter but this time aiming at big room house and garage styles under the alias "The Rhythm Method" which we can expect to hear more from in 2016 and last but not least he will be also spending some serious time finalising productions for Andrea Tenille's debut release with Respect Music Records again in 2016.


James’s collection of music, industry knowledge and contacts allows him to create whatever atmosphere. From a 12 piece funk band or 6 piece Latin ensemble, to a soul / Latin jazz lounge DJ set or throbbing tribal house DJ set. In the studio he can draw upon his many musical influences and talented session musicians to create anything from Latin Jazz and Hip Hop to Funky House and Breaks. What ever the vibe, if it has got soul or rhythm he will be a part of it, as he knows nothing else.


Confirmation of this dedication to his work can be found through his trademark signature and company slogan...


Love, Respect, Music


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