He’s only 21 years old but already James Ellaway a.k.a Lung has collaborated with High Contrast, remixed London Elektricity and won the support of everyone from Annie Mac to Mary Anne Hobbs. The Cardiff based producer started making beats in 2008 had his first solo release to date in 2009 on Kokeshi. The track – “Afterlife” – went on to receive remix treatment from none other than Kryptic Minds, attaining widespread success and featuring on four separate compilations, including “Ministry of Sound Present The Sound of Dubstep 2″, amongst others.
But it hasn’t always been this way. Lung’s first musical endeavours were not in Drum + Bass or dubstep at all; it all began when he started playing guitar in a hardcore band in 2006. From there, it was a while before he heard his first taste of electronic music; after hearing DJ Marky’s “No Time 2 Love” aged 17, he immediately became captivated by Drum + Bass; feeling the same energy as the music he already played, Noisia, Black Sun Empire and Calyx swiftly went to the top of James’ “most played” tracks on iTunes.
A year or so later, with a pair of Technic 1210s under his arm, James secured a residency at local Cardiff D+B night, Aperture. It was through this that he built up his DJ-ing skills, gained a committed local following and met industry figures who later became vital to his emergence as an artist.
In 2011, Lung’s now iconic track “Relapse” was released on Med School as part of the “New Blood 011″ compilation album. He signed exclusively to Med School in June 2011 and has not looked back since. After spending the rest of the year building up his reputation as an upcoming talent to watch, Lung released a second tune on New Blood follow up “Blood Pressure” in March 2012, this time a collaboration with Joe Syntax and Eleven8 entitled “Red Rhythm”. The following month witnessed Lung’s debut solo release on Med School – the “Why Does Anyone Ever Do Anything?” EP – a four-track EP spanning the genres from D+B to dubstep and 120bpm, and featuring Welsh vocalist Rachel K Collier on the title track.