James Miller spent his formative years growing up in the southern states of America in the late 80s, moving to East London in the late 90s in the heyday of nights like Thats How It Is, Dusted + Metalheadz. In ‘98 he joined south London 5 piece band Focused Few, coming together with Dag, Pav and Ebow to form Foreign Beggars in 2002 . Since then the journey hasn’t stopped; touring the world over, playing festivals in Las Vegas, Cape Town and New Zealand, cellars in Warsaw, Paris and Berlin and afterparties in Austin, Sevilla and Chengdu.Read more
Fast forward 15 years and Foreign Beggars’ have released their sixth studio album 22: KARMA. As a DJ Nonames covers all sides of the rap music/ beats spectrum; hip-hop, grime, half-time, through to 160 – 170bpm. A relentless tour schedule and extensive list of featured artists and MCs that Foreign Beggars have worked with over the years has inevitably lead to striking out as a solo producer. Production credits appear on projects released through Dented Records, Owsla, Mau5trap, on Claude Von Strokes Dirty Bird label and in 2015/16 through Beggars’ imprint Par-Excellence; ‘Shallow ft. Marger’, ‘Resurrection Kid ft. Rawkid’ and the 160bpm juke/footwork inspired ‘Pepinako Ep’, (with remix from Teklife’s Taso). Further production credits appear on releases from Gorillaz, UNKLE, Roots Manuva, Eprom and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Orifice and Nonames started the Saturday night BBC Asian Network flagship urban show: Mic Check, (now in its 14th year). This led to the launch of the Par-Ex monthly podcast and mix series (amassing over 2,000,000 combined hits), and regular label night at Dalston’s Birthdays. Radio / Mix Highlights include Radio 1, 1Xtra, Diplo & Friends, Annie Nightingale, Annie Mac, Mista Jam, Kiss FM, NTS and Triple J. Expect a slew of releases from Nonames in 2018, across many styles and with a host of top drawer featured artists.