Starting his creative pursuits firstly as an audio engineer - James Costin quickly fell in love with the expression and unique sonic possibilities offered by the digital tools of music creation. The joys of winding acoustic guitar and world percussion soon followed, all blending into the far-out psychedelic sound design of his first EP The Language of Things.


Drawing from the natural environment, the inner mind and perceptions of human experience, this marked the beginning of Serpent Dream's surreal, electro-acoustic music and introspective soundscapes. 


With an Advanced Diploma of Audio Production under his belt, James continued these sonic explorations and traveled from his hometown of Canberra, Australia capturing sound and experiences along the way. 


These travels naturally inspired his relocation to Wellington NZ, where he is now working from his studio on the wild South Coast at Nautilus Creative Space.


Here, James continues creating sonic, visual arts and music; incorporating his impressions of the natural and cultural landscapes of Aotearoa ( New Zealand )