JAMES PEDEN ///
James Peden has been part of the Melbourne music fabric for years having relocated from his original home of Auckland, New Zealand. His music is steeped in mid-era synthesizers, taking inspiration from the ’80s – a time where the likes of Kraftwerk, New Order, Depeche Mode, and Pet Shop Boys were blazing a trail for electronic incorporation in mainstream music.
JP has just released his new album, Instrumental Sessions, a record that stands tall as a transcendent exploration through the outer spheres of the music spectrum. ‘Existence’ is the LP’s most notable track – one that embodies the overarching ’80s-synth theme on Instrumental Sessions.
From start to finish, the track befits a helter-skelter video game soundtrack that reaffirms the validity of our very existence. In a time where society has never been more turbulent, reassurance has never been more important.
‘Be’ is another standout track on the album. Like a blossoming flower, the song gradually opens up into a full-throttle EDM explosion as JP pleads to a significant other to stand by him. By the four-minute mark, the song reaches a climax – taking listeners on a groove odyssey that lights up the dance floor.
JP finds a more settled rhythm on album closer, ‘Midnight Drive’, as he drives us towards the journey’s closure. It’s a track that starts slowly before finding a futuristic slipstream that catapults us off into the abyss.
October 2020 JP launches his single Sledge Hammer themed around the struggles of mental health issues. This single is combined with Remixes by The Safety Word & Remix of Neon Nights from the release Instrumental Sessions by Purple Zain. The Synth-wave number is mixed by Kieran Bahlmann from Leipzig Lab. Mastered by Andy Hunt.
Album Launch Online Gig-
Mr. Boogie Man Bar, The Dome- Gisborne New Zealand, Barton Fink, & Thornbury Local.
Fifth Province Semi-Final & Grand Final, Bar Oussou, Whole Lotta Love, Noble Experiment (Infinity Sessions), Waves Festival.
Arcadia Hotel, Swamplands Bar, Whole Lotta Love Bar, The Welcome Swallow, Eureka Hotel, The Fifth Province, Lyrebird Lounge, Elwood Lounge, Windsor Alehouse, Seaside Food Truck Festival Frankston, Beef and Beer Festival Berwick, Drum Theatre (Divine Restoration Concert), Super Weekend Concert (Love World TV)