THIS! w/ Jimbo James (Music is 4 Lovers, LA) & Patrick Kelly (Vancouver)

THIS! w/ Jimbo James (Music is 4 Lovers, LA) & Patrick Kelly (Vancouver)

Event Details

Date: 2016-11-19
Location: Monkey Loft
Address: 1st Ave - Seattle

Viva Recordings presents…

THIS! @ Monkey Loft
Every 3rd Saturday

Saturday November 19th


Jimbo James (Music is 4 Lovers, Lovelife | LA)

Patrick Kelly (Festivus Music)

Chad Neiro (Viva Recordings)

Jimbo James harnessed the funk at an early age growing up in Chicago. The son of a badass bass player, young James was raised on groovy rock ‘n’ roll of the 80?s; bands like Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Little River Band, The Doobie Brothers, and Pablo Cruise shaped his taste. Jimbo studied classical music starting when he was 10 years old playing trumpet for the school band; which he continued to do up until he graduated high school. As a teenager, Jimbo also played drums for a handful of rock bands during the grunge heydays of the 90?s. Maturing into a young adult, Jimbo travelled west to San Diego in 1999; once in Cali he began producing hip hop beats and writing rhymes. He was influenced by the smooth rap music of OutKast; Goodie Mob; Hieroglyphics; Gang Starr; Living Legends; Twista; and of course California’s finest, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. During Jimbo’s early-twenties, 2002 or so, he lived with a DJ from Chicago who owned a wall-to-wall record collection of deep house music. The suave, melodic beats reminded him of the hip hop music he had grown to love; he spent hours in the kitchen fiddling on the turntables.

Fast-forward to 2011, the resurgence of underground house music strikes! Jimbo, along with friend DADON, throw a small, at the time, one-off party called Lovelife–booking Life and Death duo Thugfucker as their guests. The first event was a smash! That led to the second party, and then the third; five years later, it’s 2016 and Jimbo James and DADON are currently working on their 70th Lovelife party! Notable guests over the years include Art Department, Tale Of Us, Lee Burridge, Lee Foss, Damian Lazarus, Blond:ish, tINI, DJ Tennis, Audiofly, andhim, Catz ‘n Dogz, and the list goes on. Lovelife is known for their wild themes–from masquerades to zombie-themed Halloween parties, to pirate boat parties, and of course they’re hugely popular Star Wars parties.

As Lovelife was taking off, DADON enlisted Jimbo James to assist in building his recently founded blog, Music is 4 Lovers. Jimbo thought contributing to MI4L was a great way to dig deeper into the tunes he was captivated by, and also educate party-goers in San Diego what house music was all about; he selected the pen name “jams” and got to work. Currently Jimbo is the Managing Editor of MI4L, spearheading the blog’s podcast and music premiere programming and leading multiple contributors simultaneously who do music/event reviews and interviews. He’s booked artists like Claptone, Till Von Sein, Alex Niggemann, Matt Tolfrey, Animal Trainer, Doctor Dru, John Tejada, Digitaria, Phil Weeks, Russ Yallop, Hanne & Lore, Chaim, and My Favorite Robot for the ever-growing Lovecast series, which recently hit the 150th episode.

Jimbo James’ DJ career picked up speed after spending the summer of 2013 in Ibiza living and working with Miguel Campbell. There he honed in on his mixing skills by playing back-to-back with Miguel for hours on end at their private seaside villa. On the White Isle Jimbo also befriended Defected’s star producer Sonny Fodera. The two played together every Thursday night in a small club tucked away in San Antonio’s notorious maze of pub-filled alleyways, The West End. Jimbo James returned to Cali a new man after his four-month retreat in Ibiza. He hit the ground running–not only getting back to producing events but now DJing parties all around San Diego, Los Angeles, and México. Since then, Jimbo has warmed up the dance floor for Doorly, Laura Jones, Noir, Jimpster, Maxxi Soundsystem, Fur Coat, Mr.C, MANIK, Martin Roth, Francesca Lombardo, Kolombo, Droog, Yousef, and many more; he’s also played a handful of popular festivals: Lightning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend, Desert Hearts, and BPM.

Jimbo keeps his head down, grinding day in and day out–doing his part to contribute to the flourishing music industry and his band of Lovers around the world. Now living in Los Angeles, the horizon is wide open and the opportunities are abundant for Jimbo James.


Patrick Kelly (aka PNutz, The Mayor of Awesome Town) has been moving his way through Vancouvers electronic music scene since the mid 90’s. Never one to be typecast to one particular genre, Patrick has performed everything from DnB and Jungle, Downtempo, Breaks, Tech and of course his soul mate, Deep House.
Patricks mixes are built around all things deep, with the bassline the catalyst to all of his sets. Patrick Kelly has had one of his mixes featured on Beatport after reaching #1 on the Beatport DJ charts. One of his more recent mixes for the Kinks & Kinks podcast has gained a lot acclaim for its programming and flow, and his 5 hour Sunday deep house set to close out the Festivus Summer Music Festival has become a thing of legend.

A regular in the Intimate Productions lineup, he has played along side the likes Booka Shade, DJ T, Alex E, and Pillow Talk, among others.
More recently Patrick has teamed up with one of the cities best producers and DJs, Andy Clockwork, to form the duo ‘The Heroes of Awseometown’. With one live mix in the bag and another in the works, expect to see the duo performing a lot together in the future.
On top of being a long time player in Vancouver’s underground club and party scene, Patrick is the Director and co-Founder of the Festivus Music Festival (FMF), an outdoor event in its 11th year, with its roots set deeply in promoting local producers and DJ’s, and bringing a unique and exclusive feel to the festival circuit.

The Monkey Loft, 2915 1st Ave S., Seattle
21+ 10pm-4am $15

8 November 2016

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