James Pants is an American multi-instrumental recording artist. Although his music defies simple categorization, he is promoted as a purveyor of the "fresh beat," an early-80's sound with influences from 80’s soul, electro boogie, early rap, new wave, and post-punk disco.
He was discovered by DJ and Stones Throw Records head Peanut Butter Wolf, whom he approached while still in high school. When PBW did a gig in his hometown of Austin, Texas, Pants left his prom, with his date in tow, to meet him at the show. That night, he took PBW record shopping around town. From there, he interned at Stones Throw offices. After releasing several singles and compilations with Stones Throw, his released his debut album, Welcome, in 2008. His second LP, Seven Seals, was released in July 2009 and his third, self-titled LP was released on the 3rd of May, 2011.
He currently resides in Cologne, Germany.