Jamesie bounces back from MS to land a top record deal 10 years on

Ex-Ministry of Sound DJ and music producer James Shiers, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, signs to Perfect Havoc with new project ‘Co-De’.

A former international DJ and dance music producer whose dreams were crushed by cancer and multiple sclerosis has landed a second chance at stardom.

Jamesie, who lives in Moulsoe and is a member at David Lloyd Club MK, was a household name on BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM until he was diagnosed with MS in 2009, shortly after his recovery from skin cancer.

Signed to Ministry of Sound as a producer at the time, Jamesie thought his best years were behind him as he turned his attention to battling the dehabilitating condition that threatened to put him in a wheelchair.

But 10 years on, with a new-found lust for life and a spiritual attitude to make the most of every moment, Jamesie is back on the UK dance music scene with his new project Co-De, whose debut single ‘Open Your Eyes’ is set for release by Perfect Havoc record label on May 8.

Jamesie, real name James Shiers, said: “It’s been a long time coming and I didn’t think I’d ever get there, but I’m so excited.

“Co-De stands for codefendants, as we’re basically a group of loveable rogues – Paul Emanuel, Gavin McCall and myself – who have been torn apart by life but brought together by music.

“The track features the vocals of Yasmin Jane, who is an amazing singer and an amazing girl actually. I met her at a Perfect Havoc rooftop party in Dalston where Joel Corry was headlining and asked her to sing on my track – ever since then she’s become like a little sister to me.”

Jamesie explained how a catchup lunch with his old pal Andrew, one of the head programmers at Kiss, led to his new record deal.

“Andrew said I should talk to Adam and Robert at Perfect Havoc, who had signed Joel Corry, as several of the tunes I played him caught his ear as having commercial appeal.

“Adam liked ‘Open Your Eyes’ in particular as he felt it had similar potential to two of Joel Corry’s top 10 hits for them. It’s a bit special, I think. And oddly the lyrics have become eerily relevant in our current situation.”

‘Open Your Eyes’ is available on Spotify and iTunes from May 8. Follow @wearecodee on Instagram and Facebook.

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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