Tha Playah, born as Jim Hermsen in 1982, has developed his own particular style from the very beginning. Few artists had a start that can be compared to the storm this man unleashed in 2002. With enormous hits on the very popular Neophyte label he has proven himself record after record. Being one of the few artists ever to be contracted from the very start of his career to a label as prestigious as Neophyte Records, this dj made it very clear he deserved that chance.
The Neophyte Records-artist has been part of the scene since 2002 and has had a huge influence on the development of hardcore ever since. Just 20 years old, Jim dropped his first EP "Hit ‘Em" on the label and has never left the imprint. Ten years later, Tha Playah is considered to be one of the most influential and gifted producers of the hardcore scene.
After the "Hit ‘Em" EP had a huge impact for a debut release, he lived up to the expectations with significant tracks such as "Mastah of Shock", "Fuck Tha Fame" and "Weird Shit". In 2006, Tha Playah showcased his unique talent with his debut album: "The Greatest Clits" was filled with older tracks, but also featured a huge amount of brand new material which became huge bombs on the dance floors. Some of the groundbreaking tracks were "I Call The Shots", which marked the beginning of a new kickdrum era in Jim’s music and the legendary "Fuck The Titties" remix by Tommyknocker and The Viper. Tha Playah also created the Nightmare anthem "Enter The Timemachine" with Mad Dog and also his "The Prophecy Unfolds" remix became a huge favorite of the audience.
Tha Playah’s big break to the top of the Olympus came in 2008 and 2009, when he gave a preview of his forthcoming second album with the "Still Nr. 1" EP. Tha Playah developed himself into a true productional ace and left everybody in a daze with the successor of "The Greatest Clits": the "Walking The Line" album was a monster. Two discs filled with nothing but hits like "Why So Serious", "Imperial", "Dicks Pussy’s And Assholes", "Requiem of The Fallen" and the incredible smash hit "Walking The Line", which was crowned track of the year in 2009.
Besides being an outstanding producer, Tha Playah is an approved demolisher behind the decks: his own unique style works out just right on a stage. It doesn’t matter if he’s being booked for a DJ-set or a live-act with MC Alee: Tha Playah represents hardcore excellence. He has performed on all major hardcore events. Decibel, Defqon.1, Masters of Hardcore, Thunderdome and Dominator have all been shocked several times by the Neophyte Records-artist.
His performance can be best described as utterly remorseless; leaving his audience fulfilled, but totally blown away, probably missing a limb or two. Being a producer has his advantages; his performances always feature unreleased and exclusive tracks.