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Hayden James
James performing in 2018
James performing in 2018
Background information
BornSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s)DJ · songwriter · record producer
Years active2013–present
LabelsFuture Classic

Hayden James is an Australian DJ, songwriter and record producer from Sydney, Australia. He is signed to the Future Classic label.

Personal life

Hayden James is married to Sydney artist, Jennifer Lia. James became a father in 2020.[1]


2013-present: Between Us

James released his first single "Permission to Love" in June 2013 with remixes from label mates Touch Sensitive and Charles Murdoch.

His debut EP, Hayden James was released on 30 August 2013. Since then, James has supported Disclosure and Odesza on their US and Australian tours. He has also played at major Australian music festivals Splendour in the Grass and Groovin The Moo.

His single "Something About You" was released in December 2014 and was certified gold in Australia and has been streamed over 68 million times.

In June 2016, James released "Just a Lover" which received an ARIA nomination for Best Dance Release and was followed by a national tour with producer Dena Amy as a support.

In 2016-17, James toured across Europe and North America and co-wrote a number of tracks for Katy Perry's Witness album, as well as working on his own debut studio album.[2] "Numb" featuring Graace was released in October 2017.

In May 2019, James announced he would release his debut studio album Between Us on 14 June 2019.[3]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
Between Us 9

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums, with release date and label shown
Title Details
Hayden James Presents Waves of Gold (DJ Mix)
  • Released: 10 July 2020[5][6]
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions shown
Title Details Peak chart positions

Hayden James
  • Released: 30 August 2013
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Triple J Live at the Wireless
  • Released: 31 July 2020[8]
  • Label: ABC
  • Formats: digital download, streaming


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Permission to Love"[14] 2013 7 Hayden James
"Something About You" 2014 46 4 39 90 50 Non-album singles
"Just a Lover"
(featuring George Maple)
(featuring Graace)
2017 48 2 Between Us
"Just Friends"
(featuring Boy Matthews)
2018 26 [A]
"Better Together"
(featuring Running Touch)
63 22
"Nowhere to Go"
(with Naations)
2019 26
(with Nat Dunn)[19]
"Right Time"
(with Icona Pop)[20]
2020 Non-album single
"Waves of Gold" [21]
(with Azteck featuring Paije)[22]
Waves of Gold
(with Gorgon City and Nat Dunn)[23]
2021 33 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Just Friends" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart or the NZ Hot Singles Chart, but peaked at number five on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[18]

Awards and nominations

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2015[24][25] "Something About You" Best Independent Dance/Electronic Club Song or EP Won

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. James has won an award from one nominations.[26][27][28]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2020 "Better Together" (Hayden James, Matthew Kopp, Jack Glass, Cassian Stewart-Kasimba) Most Performed Dance Work of the Year Won

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual awards ceremonies, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. James has received three nominations.[29][30][31]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Lost to
2015 "Something About You" Best Dance Release Nominated Rüfüs - "You We’re Right"
2016 "Just a Lover" Nominated Flume - Skin
2019 Between Us Best Male Artist Nominated Dean Lewis - A Place We Knew

J Award

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2019[32] Between Us Australian Album of the Year Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2020[33] Himself Best Australian Act Nominated


  1. ^ Fuamoli, Sose (9 July 2020). "Hayden James talks new compilation Waves of Gold and special streaming event". ABC. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ "HAYDEN JAMES Returns With New Single "Numb" Feat. GRAACE". Anmplify. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ Fuamoli, Sose (2 May 2019). "First Spin: Hayden James gives an insight into his long-awaited debut album with 'Nowhere To Go'". Triple J. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ Langford, Jackson (10 July 2020). "Hayden James releases new single 'Waves Of Gold' with Azteck & Paije". NME. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Hayden James Presents Waves of Gold (DJ Mix) by Hayden James on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Independent Label Singles Charts w/c 09 September 2013". 9 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Triple J Live at the Wireless". Apple Music. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  9. ^ Peaks in Australia:
  10. ^ AIR peaks for Hayden James:
  11. ^ "Hayden James discography". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Hayden James discography". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  13. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Permission To Love – Single by Hayden James on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. July 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Embrace – Single by Hayden James on Apple Music". Apple Music AU. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". ARIA. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  17. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". ARIA. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  18. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Hayden James & Nat Dunn – Favours (Official Lyric Video)". 13 June 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2020 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Newstead, Al (30 April 2020). "First Spin: Hayden James recruits Icona Pop for hopeful raver "Right Time"". ABC. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Hayden James releases new single 'Waves Of Gold' with Azteck & Paije | NME". NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  22. ^ English, Laura (10 July 2020). "Hayden James gives us new single "Waves of Gold" with Azteck & Paije". Music Feeds. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  23. ^ Gallagher, Alex (18 March 2021). "Hayden James teams up with Gorgon City and Nat Dunn on "Foolproof"". NME. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  24. ^ "1 Dads, Courtney Barnett Lead This Year's Independent Music Award Nominations". MusicFeeds. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  25. ^ "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  26. ^ "Tones and I Leads Nominations for 2020 Virtual APRA Awards". Noise11. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  27. ^ "2020 Awards". APRA. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  28. ^ "Full List of Winners". APRA AMCOS. 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  29. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - Hayden James". ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  30. ^ "ARIA Awards: 2019 ARIA Awards Nominated Artists Revealed". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  31. ^ "2019 ARIA Award Winners Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 27 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  32. ^ "The J Award 2019". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  33. ^ "The Kid LAROI, Baker Boy, G Flip and more nominated for MTV EMA Best Australian Act". NME. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
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