James Zabiela has a long and rich history with Darkbeat, Brown Alley and Melbourne. Finally, he has solidified himself into folklore by creating his masterpiece, Balance 29. He has travelled the world and the seven seas, created new melodies and synth lines that have never been heard before and played to some of the most incredible crowds possible.
Beyond taking risks with his technical prowess, James Zabiela has never shied away from mixing genres, styles and tempos in ways not often seen.
You never know when he might drop in a drum n bass interlude followed by classic 80s synth pop into storming techno. And you know what, it always rocks. The kid’s Balance mixtape is just astonishing. Putting this mix together was a long, arduous process that spanned an entire year and coincided with some major incidents in Zabiela’s personal life, imbuing the mix with a sense of emotion and life.
“Something the listener could get lost in. Some people know me for my technical noodling but this really had to be about the music, whilst still challenging myself technically. My focus was very heavily on melody and combining songs that would have ‘conversations’ with each other.’ he explains. ‘My mission statement to myself with this project was that I wanted to make something that was rich and textured.
“It went from being a ‘just a simple mix CD’ to quite the cathartic exercise with the music that accompanied me. It wasn’t a quick process; neither was it pain-free.”