Current Status:

JMy name is James Jelliman, aka Jay Jelliman and I own & run Burning Studios, a music recording and production studio in Leeds.   I moved there in 2004 and subsequently graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2007 with 1st Class Honours in BSc Creative Music and Sound Technology. I am now working as a music producer, recording engineer and sound designer for clients such as bands & musicians, film producers and contemporary performing artists.

I also hold the following posts: Performing Arts Development Officer & Technician at Garforth Community College and Festival Coordinator for Garforth Arts Festival. Live sound engineering, theatre tech work and recording studio management are all part of those roles too. Gaining experience through engineering shows for the Garforth Jazz Rock Band and many other student and professional acts has honed my skills as a live sound engineer.

I perform in various capacities in a range of musical acts, including a pop-rock band, a live hiphop remix show, and  a two-piece live electronic act called Socket & Seizure for which I produce material and perform it using laptops and assorted synths and effects.  I also spin records and mix on laptops in a variety of styles, including techno, breaks, drum and bass, dubstep and hiphop under the name Seizure.

Installations and other creative arts, both digital and traditional, interest me too and I spend time on workshop programmes and commissions in this field.

How I got there:

I have been interested in music,  sound and technology since my grandfather gave me a Commodore Vic20, the fore-runner to the legendary Commodore 64 personal computer, in the late 1980s. Having a computer at such a young age was amazing and it really provoked my curiousity about just what they were capable of. Many hours were spent writing long basic programs for simple games like Blitz and animations such as the classic flying seagull.

Learning piano and guitar then followed and when I was 14 I my gran bought me my first PC. Thanks to the older brother of a school friend I discovered that you could do awesome things with sound using a PC and from then on I dedicated myself to learning about music production, technology and computers in general.

Burning Studios v1.0 at Lumley Road, Leeds

Burning Studios v1.0 at Lumley Road, Leeds

Growing up and living in Plymouth until I was 19 exposed me to live music, more seagulls and rave culture. Many musicians and artists influenced me and I spent lots of time working with people on music across a wide range of genres, both for its own sake and for use in film projects. I was especially into metal and drum and bass, enjoyed thrashing my 7-string electric guitar set to 11 and rushed every month to buy tickets for Legends of The Dark Black at that institution that was Dance Academy. The psy-trance, dub, reggae, hiphop and hard trance scenes were also strong in Plymouth and I engaged with them all at some point.

Leaving Plymouth to study at Nottingham for a Physics degree I found myself on the doorstep of an awesome techno party called Firefly, alternately on at The Ballroom, aka The Marcus Garvey centre and the now-closed underground club, The Bomb. That really tipped the balance for me and I decided that I would finish my first year and switch to study a music production degree. I then moved to Leeds with my friends Jon Barnard and James Fitzroy to attend Leeds Met.

Since I have been in Leeds I have produced several bands, solo artists and composed loads of electronic and acoustic music of my own. I have posted much of the content on this site for your enjoyment so get exploring!

Burning Studios LogoSome music I like:

My musical taste is diverse and I have many favourite artists in many genres. To name but a few: Prefuse 73, Deftones, Jeff Mills, Noisia, Joanna Newsom, Venetian Snares, Sublime, Turin Brakes, Pearl Jam, Shpongle, Pole, Boards of Canada, Jimi Hendrix, Tigerlillies, Autobots, Sparklehorse, M83, Hundred Reasons, Prince Jammy, Boxcutter, Iration Steppas, Cinematic Orchestra, Lewis Parker, Jehst, 7Hz, Barrelass, The John Butler Trio, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tim Exile, Biosphere, Nirvana, Ozric Tentacles…