It is a great honor to interview a fellow knob tweaker and music producer DJ and work with the BBC
1.What is your process when creating music or is life the procress that creates the music
Most of my music just appears in my head without warning. If I can remember the tune or lyrics or bassline a few hours later I will sing it into a voice recorder that I carry with me everywhere. Later, I craft the idea in my small home studio and can easily spend
years changing bits here and there. I do have long breaks from music inbetween though, but the ideas just appear in my head.
3, YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENT
My favourite instrument is the guitar, particularly the electric guitar. I play badly but love the rock sound you can make with a distortion pedal. I also now love the ukulele and mandolin too.
2. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR ARSENAL, AND COULD YOU MAKE THE GREATEST ALBUM WITH TOY INSTRUMENTS?
In my arsenal I do have some toy instruments! I bought a child’s harmonica and that is great fun. I think anything can create music as people have shown with industrial noises and field recordings. I also love my Pocket Operator pocket synths. Very good for composing on the go or when away from home. An album purely made of toy instruments sounds a fantastic project!
4. TRUE OR FALSE : ANIMALS WILL NATURALLY TALK TO A CERTAIN CAPACITY. AND DISCUSS WHY?
I am a cat lover. I like most animals but adore cats. We have 3 currently aged 14 and 1 (x2). They do speak definitely. Claudia, one of the 1 year olds, is very vocal and often cries and calls for her sister Tess and stops when she appears.
5. HOW WELL DO YOU WORK WITH OTHERS IS ELECTRONIC A SOLO CENTRIC GENRE?
I have collaborated with others on projects and it is interesting as people can take your compositions into a completely different direction. I’m not a control freak so I like that aspect. A lot of electronic artists do work alone though. I think that is just easier for most people.
6. WHO IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
I would love to work with Nick Cave or, sadly no longer with us, David Bowie. Fantastic musicians and songwriters.
7. DOES SPIRITUALITY PLAY A PART IN YOUR LIFE
I am quite a spiritual person, but I am private about it. I think it is a personal thing. I strongly believe in treating others the way you want to be treated and trying to be the best person you can be. That is the basis of all religions in my opinion.
8. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO DISCUSS ANY BUCKET LIST ITEM OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN YOUR CAREER IF YOU CARE TO SHARE.
I was overjoyed in 2011 when 3 of my tracks were used on TV in the UK – 1 in a trailer, and 2 in dramas Hollyoaks and Skins. I still get a few royalties from those programmes and it made me very proud.
9. DESPITE MUSIC WHAT ARE YOUR MANY TALENTS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
I would love to write a book one day or more poetry. Most of my poems end up as songs though. As for videogame, I used to love SSX Tricky on the PS2! Fantastic!
10. WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD BE EXPECTING FROM James?
I am currently finishing 3 electro tracks that I have been working on for 2 years (I’m a slow worker!). I hope to get them on vinyl this year. That is my wildest dream. Me on vinyl. I am also working on a more ambient/electronica kind of idea too.
11. Favorite shows, snacks and wind down ritual?
We love all crime dramas. Criminal Minds, Midsomer Murders, NCIS, everything! Favourite snack has to be a slice of extra mature cheddar cheese! My wind down ritual is music. I use music to help alter and brighten my mood when things get dark for me. Music is everything.