BioLong before James Curd was jet setting from London to Tokyo slinging records on the decks, he was spinning loft parties and raves at the ripe old age of fifteen in Chicago. By nineteen, he had already established himself as a premiere DJ in the Chicago club scene and surrounding cities. By twenty, he was guest-DJing at Chicago’s best dance clubs, and holding down residencies alongside DJs Derrick Carter, Diz and Gene Ferris. That same year, James began producing tracks and scored his first record deal with French recording label BNO.
It was at this time that James joined forces with long-time skateboarding friend Nick Maurer to create Greenskeepers, named in honor of their shared caddy past. A talented guitarist, vocalist and drummer who’d developed a taste for electronic music while living in Germany, Nick soon realized he and James shared a similar philosophy towards music: to bring the fun back to the dance floor. The two released numerous singles and their debut EP “What’s Your Man Got To Do With Gan” (Classic Recordings/London) putting Greenskeepers on the map as the rising stars of dance music. Shortly thereafter their monster house anthem “Should I Sing Like This”, featuring Nick’s quirky signature vocals, undeniably confirmed their arrival.
With the success of the single, Curd sought to expand the Greenskeepers repertoire further by adding producer/musician Mark Share officially to the group’s roster. Having collaborated with Curd since 2001, Share was already a part of the Keepers sound having produced the tracks “Do You Like Robots” (Farris Wheel/Chicago), “Come With Me” (Farris Wheel/Chicago), and “Daughter of the Sun” (Classic Recordings/London). In 2003, after cranking out six tracks on the debut Greenskeepers album “The Ziggy Franklen Radio Show”, Share was eager to get back in the studio with the crew and begin work on the second album. By the fall, with twelve tracks finished, Greenskeepers shifted into overdrive, mastering the album while rehearsing for their first series of live shows.
For the live show, Share called on bassist Coban Rudish, his former band mate and co-collaborator of nearly ten years, to join the crew. Greenskeepers live show debuted in London in the fall of 2003, and continued to pack clubs across Europe through the end of the year. The success of the show is due in no small part to the tremendous presence of seasoned bass player, Coban, bringing the low end to the live show and the moves to match, keeping the crowd in step and on the dance floor. His musical skills continue off the stage and into the studio, as Rudish brings his live feel to nearly every track on the second full-length album, “Pleetch” on Om Records.
The groups dedication in the studio has also birthed three distinct labels, Greenskeepers, G-swing and Igloo, allowing them to bring Swing House, Greenskeepers and some legally questionable contagious house tracks, to the top of DJ lists worldwide.