Djamel Mebarki aka D’James
Coming to us by way of Strasbourg, France, Djamel started his musical journey in the 1980’s to 1995 as director and program manager of a local radio station. There, he developed an appreciation of Funk, Jazz (Funk, Rock, Fusion,), Classical Music, Gospel, Rap, Hip-Hop, Acid Jazz, RnB and the list goes on.
He also served as resident DJ in a local club (The Charlies). He eventually teamed up with his brother to organize the first Beach Party event in Morocco which drew crowds of up to 5,000 people) as time went on. Djamel was also the promoter of the prestigious Festival of Jazz de Montreux in the East of France for 3 years.
In September 2015, he created Renaissance (ARS France). The purpose of this association is to promote and feature artistic, creative and musical events. This also includes the installation of the “Renaissance Live Podcast” where live concerts are recorded. The first event took place in November 2015 with performances by Eric Kupper, Stephanie Cooke, Jayffe and MadSax. Upcoming performances will include Opolopo, Ralf GUMand DJ Fudge. Look for the “Renaissance” music label in 2016.
Advice to upcoming DJs: “You have to be passionate. Open your mind to different musical styles and cultures.
It’s not the BPM that makes a quality set but the voices and harmony. Let your heart and soul feel and touch the music.”