ThereÍs no denying the evolution of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), and its effect on a current generation of music fans. One of the bigger artists or bands with an influence on that generation is LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. Though best known as the leader of the now-defunct LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, James Murphy has been active in various roles pre-dating, throughout, and beyond the Grammy-nominated LCD’s existence.
Long a fixture of the downtown NYC music scene, Mr. Murphy co-founded the DFA label, which released the LCD Soundsystem catalogue and whose current roster includes The Rapture, Holy Ghost!, YACHT, the Juan Maclean,Planningtorock and more. Murphy continues to operate out of DFA’s West Village NYC offices, both as a principal in the label and as a producer/remixer at his infamous Plantain studios, housed in the DFA HQ.
As a DJ,Murphy has toured the globe headlining clubs and festivals the world over both on his own and, with fellow LCD veteran Patrick Mahoney, as ïSPECIALDISCOVERSIONÍ. His DJ mixes for the likes of DFA, Colette and YSL (for whom he composes and performs show music) are renowned for their originality and verve. LCD SOUNDSYSTEMÍs legendary final show on April 2nd, 2011 at New YorkÍs Madison Square Garden made headlines worldwide and marked a triumphant end to a band that had successfully carved its own unique niche within–or perhaps outside of–the modern music industry. During its 10-year existence, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM released three celebrated studio albums — 2005Ís ïLCD SOUNDSYSTEM,’ 2007Ís ïSound Of SilverÍ and 2010Ís ïThis Is HappeningÍ, along with remarkable standalone pieces like ï45:33Í and most recently ïThe London SessionsÍ. Murphy also provided the original soundtrack for the 2010 film ïGreenbergÍ by acclaimed director Noah Baumbach.