Influences: 80's pop, classic rock, jazz, hip-hop, country, reggae, classical, disco, nu disco, metal, EDM, folk
2017 was my 5th FAWM in a row. Began this crazy incredible experience in 2013.
This year I plan to write primarily for a new project I've started with a great singer here in LA. I also plan to collaborate with my friend in Eric in Atlanta. Of course I'll be doing my thing as well. It's going to be an amazing year.
I sing, play keys, guitar, ukulele, bass and drums. I love collaborating with lyricists, musicians, rappers, anyone.
I'm in Los Angeles, California.
|#2||Feel This Love (Again and Again)||
|#5||Let's Go Shopping||
|#6||Cross Country Friends||
|#7||How 'Bout A Hug||
|#8||(I've Been) Patronized||
|#9||See Us Coming||
|#10||Mercury And Plastic||
|#11||Mother's Song (The Dream)||
|#12||Run (Away From The Van As Quick As You Can) @aerlyn||
|#14||Dating Is So Much Fun||
|#15||Boo Hoo Hoo||
|#16||At The Reunion (Good To See You Again)||
|#17||You And Me||
Thank you for your kind comments on "Christmas Memories" and "Silver Anniversary". I appreciate them.
Thanks for your comment on "Female on the Beach", I am planning on doing a full band recording. Wow, being compared to Throwing Muses is such a compliment, thank you very much!
Exactly. I did a cover of Wuthering heights with my band mate female singer but i created the music more Indie style and just happened to come across a "Drummer" beat that worked a treat and it sounds better than self created drums as well. Unfortunately not always easy tofind the right beats
Hey, thanks for checking out my California song. I finished it after a two-year break lol. Randy Newman is the bomb, I am honored by the comparison.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment on "Fine", James! I was a little worried that it might be too out-there for some people, so I was thrilled to immediately get the feedback that it had "clicked" with someone 😀
Wok n' roll!
Thank you for the feedback, its always a big help to me!
Crazy year indeed. Thanks for all the amazing comments and support! Yeah, we definitely gotta collab on something. I love to do a vocal on one of your pop numbers sometime. I dunno if we can squeeze it in here, but it sounds like a fun summer project! (or whenever my voice returns...haha)
Hey, thanks for listening to my German hip-hop song. It's acquired taste a reckon so thanks for the lovely comment 😀
Thanks for the kindnesses as always, James! I had some wellness issues, but still kept hammering away. I think I'll finish with 15. Fingers crossed. Can't wait to catch up on all your good work too!
Hey, James, thanks for checking out my Canadian song. Yeah, I toured for seven years with The Second City as a musical director, so this is right in my sweet spot. Glad you liked it!
Hey- go for it! Just shoot me an e-mail with the audio before you post it 😀 Glad you're inspired!
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
I do Know them...haha now I get it!!!
I've seen Kate a few times...she plays at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood...
They are amazing!!! watched just about everything they do...
so very talented...and again High Compliment!!!
wow..Simon and Garfunkle..
high praise indeed...thank you!
Thank you very much for your kind comment on "River"! I've lived my entire life in the Southeast - lots of trees, flowers, and rain - but every time I go out West I leave another piece of my heart out there. This time I felt a real pang as we were driving home when I realized there were no more saguaro cacti in sight.
Yeah I've got a general chain I use on my Logic master track, usually I'll EQ out below 50-60h and anything above 20k, then I'll add their "ballad mastering EQ" preset. Then a VCA compressor + rock mastering EQ + softer compressor + soft limiter + maximizer. Works pretty good for my acoustic tracks, but haven't tried it on any bigger songs yet. I basically stack EQ's and compressors. Dunno if that's "correct" but it's always worked for me.
Cool! 😀 I'm excited to hear the new version if/when you make it!
Thanks James, I definitely had some 80's inspiration in Third Degree. 😀
Heck, I'll move back to LA and we can join forces! (True story, right after high school I did pack up and move to LA with like 10 dollars to my name, no car, no job, a floor of a friend's dad's uncle, and big plans. Ended several months later when my dear mother drove from Dallas and picked me up. LOL)
Hey there! Thank you for listening to "Sever" and "Tattoo." I really appreciate the comments. Yeah, I like to title songs not always what you would expect them to be. Sometimes there's a word or line in the song that I feel is the root of it all and to me makes the most interesting title. In my head I did actually go between those two..."Sever" and "Without Me" but I decided to go with my first instinct. But I get ya!! 😀 I'm going to check out some of your songs now!!
Just read your amazing comment about you dreaming about my song "The Devil Came in to Play" you have made my day kind sir and have given me momentum to carry on...
Where do you live? Hollywood?
actually that is one of the songs I want to record...I'm not after big stardom or anything, I'm way past that, but would like to give some of my better songs a tidy and a chance at sounding their best...I play at open mics so my songs have to be "do able"...keep in touch...this is just week one!!
Whoa. That was the highest of compliments, good sir. That a hook would stay with you like that. Cloud 9. Thank you. I feel like I'm getting pretty good with these horn patches and making 'em sound "real." ...should you want to venture into colab territory.
Thanks for all the great feedback, brother!
thank you for you great feedback...
I get the soft vocals because it is 3am!! and i need to whisper...I am thinking now, however, how much better my voice sounds when I whisper...hmmm..
Anyhow, I am in Long Beach...I may want to get some of my better songs on an EP of sorts and I will hopefully be able to contact you ie. prices etc. thanks!
Cheers to year 5!!!! Thanks for the lovely comments! And hey, is that one of those 70's octopus arc lamps in your profile picture? If so, I own two. Haha
Dude, we are all our own biggest critics! Which keeps us in check and non-douchey. Ha! Appreciate you!
Ignore my confusion. Sorry. (Apparently one can edit, but not delete, a goofy confused thing the wrote.)
Thank you for commenting on A Little More Time. Your encouraging words mean so much!
The drum plug-in I use is EzDrummer with some tweaking with EzMix and tape echo. Sounds reasonably good for cheap and simple-to-use plug-in.
The piano is the sampled Steinway in the Garritan Personal Orchestra that came with Tracktion 3 ultimate bundle many years ago. It is quite bright so I always put a high shelving filter on it and move the frequency around until it sounds more like I want it. The effect is Eventide stereo room reverb on one of the George Massenburg presets on a send/return. Same for the vocal.
Thanks loads James. It took a mere 45 mins for that to upload to soundcloud. Ha ha. Yeah having fun with my iphone, recording whilst listening with my one good ear in headphones half on and off to record ore than one track!! hey thats india for you.
Argh. Indian wifi not letting me listen to anything !!! I am moving tomorrow to a new place and crossing all my parts for decent wifi! Sigh. The things we take for granted hey
Thanks for your comment 😊
Thanks james you're. Comments mean a lot. It's tough doing this without my usual studio surroundings but comments like yours inspire me.
Mais oui, and yourself sir!
Love the big bass in your showcase tune. In the 2nd verse where you drop out the drums it really shines. I didn't expect the pickup in rhythm in the ending section but it really works
Hi there...southern California represents!
I'll be watching you...
Have a great Fawm
Hey matey. Great to be back isn't it? HORRAH
Hey James! Good to see ya! I hope all is badass with you.
Yes. So glad we get to listen to you work again this year.
Yes boys, the JAMES in the hizzouse, and other such statements.
Go forth and kick ass.