“We even have a logo!”: James Zabiela talks new label

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U.K. whiz James Zabiela is the latest in line to mix a Resident Advisor podcast, and the accompanying interview found the DJ in a typically inspired mind-set. As well as working on a new remix for Hot Chip, Zabs has been notching up the frequent flyer miles on a tour that covered Dubai, Italy, Ukraine, India, Bosnia and Russia in just the last month alone. In the summer months ahead, he’s taking on Monegros Festival in the Spanish desert, famed English weekender Global Gathering, the insane, two-week-long Kazantip Festival in Ukraine and plenty more.

However, the place where he’s truly coming into his own is the hallowed Space Ibiza, where he’s back at We Love…Sundays for another year. This season, he’s presenting a string of parties at the club under the Born Electric banner, which is also the name of his soon-to-be-launched label. Zabiela told RA he’s “working with my label partner on getting the first few Born Electric releases up and running. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally becoming a reality now, we even have a logo!” The line-ups for the Born Electric nights at Space reflect where the DJ is at musically right now, with guests like Scuba, Midland, Shackleton, Modeselektor, Simian Mobile Disco and fellow We Love… regular Paul Woolford going back-to-back with Appleblim.

“Lately I’ve been playing stuff from Dark Sky, Dense and Pika, Clubroot (the new LP is immense), John Talabot and George Fitzgerald,” Zabiela recently told DJ Mag, while also name-checking Scuba. In that interview, he also revealed that his dance music mentor Sasha has remixed the first release set to come on Born Electric, which will be included on the forthcoming Involver 3 compilation. “So far, its sound is closer to the first one than the second one,” Sasha has said of his much-anticipated re-entry to the Involver world. Good news all round, then.