Tim “Journeyman” Fielding is a DJ and digital media producer who works with performance artists and event planners to create transformative experiences. His music style ranges from Deep House to the funky side of Breakbeat. He is best known for producing ‘Journeys by DJ’, the world’s first series of DJ mix CDs. Based in New York, he continues to develop original ways of experiencing music through his work with converged media devices such as mobile phones.
Tim began DJing as a teenager in Bristol, UK. An avid fan of punk bands and the local subculture, he was inadvertently hooked by dance music after hearing Earth Wind and Fire jam live on a jazz-funk show on Radio West. This led to throwing student bashes at
a cave-like club in Oxford where he operated the strobe and smoke machine with one hand while spinning the likes of Talking Heads, Prince, Bohannon and New Order with the other. His first big gig was at London’s club Heaven in 1986, when all these influences were morphing into House. In 1988 he returned for Spectrum, the Balearic
melting pot that vulcanized Britain’s Acid House movement, and there he found his tribe.
Having spent an interim year on the road as a journalist and dive-bar reggae jock, Tim started writing for Mixmag and Soul Underground, tracing the roots of West London’s progressive house sound back to its local influences in Dub. Teaming up with Smart
Boys FM in ‘89, he threw Club Sandwich at the Vauxhall Arches. He then joined Sean McLusky’s iconoclastic club The Brain, which provided a vital early platform for the likes of Orbital, Leftfield, Seal, Moby, The Shamen, Andrew Weatherall, A Guy
Called Gerald, Roger S, Billy Nasty to name a few. Tim toured under the Brain banner to NYC, Berlin and Moscow, opening his ears to fresh sounds during a prolific period of inventiveness on the underground music scene. On his imprint Brainiak Records, he
released seminal tracks by Ultramarine, Charles Webster, Infinite Wheel and Doioing, and notably “Live at the Brain”, the first ever live album of MIDI performances.
In late 1992, following a revelatory moment in Glastonbury’s experimental sound field, and many trips to Manchester’s Hacienda listening to mixtapes of Tony Humphries’ Kiss FM radio show, Tim launched Journeys by DJ (JDJ), the first series of its kind:
well-produced, copyright-cleared, DJ-approved full-length mixes by John Digweed, Farley & Heller, DJ Rap, Paul Oakenfold, Keoki, Danny Rampling, Rocky & Diesel, Billy Nasty, Judge Jules and the mix album to end them all, Coldcut’s ’70 Minutes of Madness.’ Coining the term ‘Disco-ordinator’ to describe his role as editor/producer,
creative director and playlist sounding-board, Tim pioneered many of the mix album methodologies that are now common practice, from the application of Pro Tools to the correct way to rack the CDs in the store. Refusing to call them ‘compilations’, he fought
for DJ mixes to be recognized for the art of telling stories through music. JDJ eventually gained the respect of the UK press with a Justin Robertson mixtape on the cover of Select magazine, another first from the defining era of Electronica.
In 1995, Tim invested in The End www.end-club.com. The state-of-the-art London venue had an indelible impact on DJ culture, providing a platform for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Sven Vath and countless others, spawning its own genre, Tech House, and giving serious clubbers a proper place to go 6 nights per week for 14 years. Tim remained a director alongside Mr C and Layo until its closure on a splendidly high note in January 2009.
The mid-90s saw Tim fronting his own monthly at The End, Triptonite, touring with JDJ around UK and Europe, and hosting his Thursday Dr Brainiak show on pirate station Face FM. This evolved into www.interface.co.uk, one of the Web’s first dance music
‘radio’ stations. Focusing on development of the JDJ series, he reduced his gigs to marquee events like Love Parade, Notting Hill Carnival and Cannes Film Festival, and produced JDJ After Hours (released by Twisted/MCA in 1998), a series of deeper
jazzy mixes that anticipated the global trend for lounge club vibes; and the Ultimate House Party series, combined sales of which topped 150,000 worldwide.
After selling the JDJ catalog to Richard Branson’s new V2 label, Tim moved to New York City in 1999 and relaunched the series. He recorded Ley Lines, another mix album, and re-released classics such as Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay’s ‘Desert Island Mix’
as well as new albums from techno composer John Selway and DJ Touché of The Wiseguys. Recognizing the talent of Nicholas Matar, then resident DJ at Pacha Ibiza, Tim released two albums by the Cielo founder.
Reprising his interest in world music, Tim worked for Chris Blackwell as A&R for DVD Audio, contributing to the production of the Grammy-winning project ‘One Giant Leap’. While continuing to explore ways of enhancing musical narratives on multimedia
platforms, he programmed a mobile music site for MTV Networks. In 2006, he released “Loft Party – New York” (Kinkysweet), inspired by a night in Williamsburg, and issued his first downloadable mix, Ley Lines 2, on www.ingrooves.com, in 2007.
These days he can be found DJing regularly at Brooklyn warehouse parties and working with the Disorient collective of DJs, artists and performers. He appeared at Disorient’s stunning sound stage at Burning Man, and at #FEED in Austin’s AMOA during SXSW Interactive 2013, and regularly headlines the NYC Halloween Parade for Kostume Kult.
Back in the studio, Tim is co-producing a full-length DJ mix to accompany the soundtrack of “Spark”, a hotly anticipated documentary about Burning Man which first screened at South by South West in March 2013.