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 ‘SPECIALDISCOVERSION’. 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 SOUNDSYSTEM’s legendary final show on April 2nd 2011 at New York’s 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—2005’s ‘LCD SOUNDSYSTEM,’ 2007’s ‘Sound Of Silver’ and 2010’s ‘This Is Happening’, along with remarkable standalone pieces like ‘45:33’ and most recently ‘The London Sessions’.
Murphy also provided the original soundtrack for the 2010 film ‘Greenberg’ by acclaimed director Noah Baumbach