James Murphy has had a varied and stellar career in the music industry. Starting out as a sound engineer for the hardcore band Six Finger Satellite (which featured future disco DJ The Juan MacLean in its lineup), he then took up DJing, originally under the name Death From Above. In 2001, he formed both DFA Records (derived from his original DJ name) and LCD Soundsystem, the former alongside producer Tim Goldsworthy and manager Jonathan Galkin.
Alongside running the DFA label, Murphy and Goldsworthy formed the production duo The DFA. From 2001 to 2008, the team reworked tracks from popular artists such as M.I.A. and Justin Timberlake as well as indie dance titans like Soulwax and Hot Chip.
Taking equal inspiration from both post-punk and electronic music, LCD Soundsystem released its first single “Losing My Edge” in 2002 and released its self-titled debut album three years later. The band’s star continued to rise, with the 2007 track “All My Friends” chosen as Pitchfork’s single of the decade. After temporarily disbanding the group, Murphy explored several other musical avenues, producing records by Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and scoring the films Greenberg and While We’re Young. LCD Soundsystem reformed in 2015 and the group released its most recent album American Dream in 2017, which topped the Billboard album charts.
To get you pumped up for the show, check out some of James Murphy’s best-known tracks below: