SECRET BALI SOUNDBOY #30 JAMES POUNDS


James Pounds not only has the coolest Instagram name in Bali but is also one of the longest serving musical soldiers in the ever-growing army on the island. 12 years ago he landed on these shores from Washington DC in the US and what a welcome pillar he has been in that time. Holding down residencies across a number of the key venues over the years his sets always have that little bit of a different sound to the rest, most likely through his American roots and the music that meant he found himself immersed in before he moved to Bali being different to the mainly European and Indonesian DJ’s that make up the Islands finest.



WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY AND HOW DID YOU END UP IN BALI?

I’m originally from Washington DC … ended up in Bali around 2006, I came to visit my sister who was already living here at the time and I never left…much like almost everyone else.

THIS IS YOUR SECOND STINT IN BALI, WHAT WAS IT THAT DREW YOU BACK OR WAS THAT ALWAYS THE PLAN?

Was always the plan, where there’s a will, there’s a wave…

YOU MUST HAVE SEEN MANY CHANGES OVER THE YEARS IN BALI BUT ON THE MUSIC FRONT AS A 'BULE' BASED HERE WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU HAVE NOTICED? 

Seeing Indonesian djs finally get their dues in a scene that isn’t always so nice to the locals, also seeing international artists now skip Jakarta for Bali. For better or worse this has all happened because of the relatively recent explosion of places to play here and the quality of music on tap.

WHO WOULD YOU BOOK TO DJ IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT FOR A DREAM EVENT IN BALI?

For me personally I’d have to choose KON. Someone open their wallet please…

WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY HOLD RESIDENCIES?

Currently you can catch me at SugarSand on the regular and 40 Thieves here and there.

HOW DO YOU WORK A SMALL VENUE AS A DJ COMPARED TO A BIGGER SPACE LIKE SUGARSAND FOR EXAMPLE?

Intimacy is key, at a smaller venue you can instantly tell the vibe and what direction to go, whether it’s about to explode or take a tumble.

GIVE US 3 'GET OUT OF JAIL' TRACKS YOU HAVE IN YOUR USB HOLSTER FOR EVERY SINGLE SET? 

Antônio Carlos & Jocafi - Conceição Da Praia

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – A Chance For Peace

Lone – Airglow Fires

SUM UP DONALD TRUMP IN 3 WORDS

What. The. F*ck.

SUM UP BALI IN 3 WORDS

Food. Love. Survival.

Thanks, James! Don't forget to click play to listen to his mixtape.