James began his dj’ing career in the early 70s in night clubs, the first being Bumbles in wood green in 1973, with Niki Price who was instrumental in building his early dj’ing abilities. While working for Wheatly Taverns James did a brief spell at Crackers on Friday afternoons with George Power.
James first encounter with radio was in the early 80s on Horizon Radio 102.5fm. He then went on to be a major part of Solar Radio, presenting the ‘Echoes Street Sales Chart’ on Sunday evenings as Jude James.
In 1990 James got involved in selling music by co-owning ‘Street Level Records’ in Tottenham. Also in the same year he joined the north London ILR Radio station W.N.K (Wicked, Neutral & Kicking) to present the afternoon show before moving to breakfast working alongside Greg Edwards & Dixie Peach (Berni Michaels) till September 1992. In October of that year James joined Choice FM to co-present the breakfast show with Angie Greaves, after2 years he vacated the show to present his own classic soul show on Sunday’s, 2002 saw a change of direction for James when he was offered a new role at Choice FM as a commercial producer/imager alongside presenting his Sunday radio show which he continued until leaving Choice in December 2004, after 14 years when Capital Radio took over.
In 1998 James & Ash Selector formed the ‘Soul Shack’ club night, also renaming his radio show – both were both very successful, James has now returned to Solar Radio which now broadcasts on Sky 0129 & solarradio.com where he started his radio career back in 1983 he presents his show on a Saturday between 2-4pm.
James also comperes & DJs live soul concerts at the IndegO2 for Ultimate Boogie Nights.