James is the founder of The Shadow Knows, a twice-yearly music fanzine mixing interviews with heavily researched longform feature articles. Issue #1 was published mid-2021.

In 2020 James published Making Psyence Fiction, a book on the early careers of James Lavelle and DJ Shadow. Elsewhere he has written extensively on James Lavelle and Mo’ Wax Records, including the series Mo’ Wax: Where Are They Now? which looks at every artist who worked with the label.

James’ writing has appeared in Rhythms MagazineThe Riff, and the website DJ Shadow Reconstructed. He has also contributed behind the scenes research and admin to both Rhythms and DJSR.

Starting in 2021, James led The Record, a project with Wikimedia Australia which highlighted the lack of Australian music content available online. Through edit-a-thon events The Record has increased the amount of Australian music content on Wikipedia by adding new pages and expanding existing ones with images and new references.

James’s illustrations have featured in Doll Hospital and several small zines. He also creates short hand-drawn animated films, such as Five Penguins and Santa’s Hat which can be watched online in both English or French.

James lives and works around Melbourne, Australia. Contact him via: e-mail Instagram / Twitter


2021 – Graduate Diploma in Journalism – RMIT Melbourne

2015 – Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management – UniSA

2011 – Bachelor of Fine Art (Sounds Art) – RMIT Melbourne

2008 – Diploma of Visual Art – NMIT Preston