James Smith, aka , may appear a relative newcomer to the drum and bass world, but he did not need time to catch the attention of some of biggest names in the game. Shortly after releasing some digital tracks in 2009, this producer's producer began to hear his tunes on John B's podcasts and it wasn't long before he was sought after by a number of respected drum and bass labels. In early 2011, High Maintenance opted to sign onto and , kicking off with a tremendous remix of Ed Rush and Tali's the lead track from Tali's album, 'Dark Days, High Nights'.
High Maintenance began his ascent into music at the age of thirteen with the guitar. "I'd put on an album and learn it all in an hour". When this became banal, High Maintenance decided to pick up a new instrument: the drums. Soon the fifteen-year-old maverick and his newly formed band began playing events in his hometown of Haywards Heath, England. Writing tracks with the band gave him his first taste of his own musical abilities, but having to compromise on his aural vision proved frustrating. "I just wanted to compose a whole piece by myself without having to rely on other people," he says, "so I started producing".
High Maintenance soon became impressed with the sounds coming out of the electronic music scene, which led to his first production: a remix of Daft Punk's . The realization that he could turn his love of music into a career didn't come about until a number of years later though, when he produced a track entitled He says, "It was the first track that I had produced through active monitor speakers. They definitely changed my life".
Aided by the support of YouTube channels such as and , High Maintenance found that drum and bass DJs and aficionados quickly embraced his energetic and heady tunes.
2011 was a breakthrough year for the young producer, collaborating with DisasZt on , taken from his 'Shadow & Lightning' LP on Mainframe Recordings, as well as releasing his debut single on , High Maintenance's reputation as a DJ also came to the forefront with blazing sets on , YouTube, and .
Forbidding the momentum to slow, High Maintenance made his mark on 2012 with the release of his 'Never Enough' EP on AudioPorn Records. Containing a total of 5 tracks, two featuring the gorgeous likings of Katie's Ambition, this young producer has once again shown why he is one of the hottest up-and-coming drum and bass talents to watch.