Name: James Pelen
Hometown/Current Location: San Bernardino, CA but currently in Orange, CA
Occupation: Senior Technical Support Analyst
Rave Name: None
What was your first electronic music event?
EDC Vegas 2011. My first event even though I have been listening to dance music since about 1998.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
Buddies of mine that have been a part of the scene since about 2003.
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
Roni Size at EDC Vegas 2011. I was with my girlfriend-at-the-time, wife-now and she has never heard Drum n Bass before. Her first experience was at a music festival on a massive soundstage and she has been hooked since.
It was also a big deal watching someone that produced an album that was such a huge part of my childhood (New Forms by Roni Size and Reprazent).
What is your favorite festival or event?
EDC Las Vegas
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
I can’t pick a favorite overall, but one that I cannot stop listening to lately is Metrik – Freefall VIP. Metrik is such a talented producer and his ear is most similar to mine in terms of direction that I would go if I went pro with producing.
Who are your favorite artists?
Netsky, Metrik, Gammer, Audiofreq, Da Tweekaz, Ed Solo, Eric Prydz, Datsik, Danny Byrd
What are your favorite genres?
There is literally no genre I would not listen to, but my favorites are Drum n Bass and UK Hardcore. I am a fan of heavy, fast stuff.
What do you feel your “identity” is in the electronic music community?
That’s something I am trying to nail down. I don’t know exactly how to define my identity (is it done by my interests, by my contributions, by what communities I belong to, etc).
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
Not only am I an avid listener, I am also a DJ and hobbyist producer!