Auxiliary Phoenix is James Strain, a producer, multi-instrumentalist & DJ based in Carlow, Ireland. Coming from a background of progressive rock, jazz fusion, hip hop and turntablism, these elements are combined through modern experimental hip hop production. Auxiliary Phoenix has produced remixes for underground hip hop legend Divine Styler, Lisa Papineau (AIR), Bosnian Rainbows & Bearcubbin', amongst others.
The music is performed live by the Auxiliary Phoenix Quartet, which includes James McDermott on keyboards, Jake Quinn on drums & Evan McDermott on guitar, with Auxiliary Phoenix on bass. The Quartet strips away some of the electronic layers of the music and brings out more of the jazz fusion that is at the core of the songs.
The forthcoming EP Camelopardalis is a combination of jazz fusion and hip hop production, with live fretless & 5-string basses, guitar and drums, accompanied by big beats and synthesizers. It is due out on Inner Current Recordings in 2016.
Auxiliary Phoenix is also one half of High Elders, a collaboration with Delaware emcee Gentle Jones. The debut album 'Forest of Pencils' came out December 9, 2014 on Little L Records. The album was Album of the Week for the start of December on Dan Hegarty's 2FM & 2XM show, 'The Alternative'. The follow up mixtape 'More Magick' was released in May 2015.