jamesstaubes 17


Los Angeles USA   Jan 2013


Artist Bio

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.


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  • @audrey  Mar 5

    Thank you for your kind comments on "Christmas Memories" and "Silver Anniversary". I appreciate them.

  • @wacha Mar 2

    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!

  • @karlsburg25  Mar 1

    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

  • @spunky4455 Mar 1

    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.

  • @zecoop  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for listening... but no vocals from me - just @piney's magical voices. What an amazing song she wrote. i am proud to have had a musical part in it. :

  • @jinx  Feb 28

    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 😀

  • @electrocelte Feb 27

    Wok n' roll!

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 27

    Thank you for the feedback, its always a big help to me!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 27

    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)

  • @jessica14  Feb 26

    Hey, thanks for listening to my German hip-hop song. It's acquired taste a reckon so thanks for the lovely comment 😀

  • @michaelsalamone Feb 24

    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!

  • @spunky4455 Feb 24

    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!

  • @aerlyn Feb 24

    Hey- go for it! Just shoot me an e-mail with the audio before you post it 😀 Glad you're inspired!

  • @yam655  Feb 23

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 23

    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!!!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 23

    wow..Simon and Garfunkle..
    high praise indeed...thank you!

  • @scubed  Feb 21

    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.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 20

    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.

  • @elesimo  Feb 17

    @jamesstaubes, thanks for your comments on my song Someone You Love — it's always great to get your feedback. And let me know if you want a copy of the poster, I can get one at work and mail it to you. 😀

  • @clioem  Feb 2017

    Oh THANK YOU! 😀
    In the meantime there's always my book/album/film series+illustrations from my most wonderful mum Hali Rey, all very available on this indiegogo page, tee hee 😉 https://igg.me/at/gravity-wing/x

  • @clioem  Feb 2017

    Cool! 😀 I'm excited to hear the new version if/when you make it!

  • @unkept Feb 2017

    Thanks James, I definitely had some 80's inspiration in Third Degree. 😀

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2017

    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)

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2017

    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!!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2017

    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!!

  • @michaelsalamone Feb 2017

    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.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2017

    Thanks for all the great feedback, brother!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2017

    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!

  • @sciren  Feb 2017

    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

  • @michaelsalamone Feb 2017

    Dude, we are all our own biggest critics! Which keeps us in check and non-douchey. Ha! Appreciate you!

  • @spinhead  Feb 2017

    Ignore my confusion. Sorry. (Apparently one can edit, but not delete, a goofy confused thing the wrote.)

  • @pamgrisham  Feb 2017

    Thank you for commenting on A Little More Time. Your encouraging words mean so much!

  • @elesimo  Feb 2017

    @jamesstaubes thanks for your comments on my first track, glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • @nikke88 Feb 2017

    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.

  • @scottlake Feb 2017

    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.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2017

    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.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2017

    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

  • @martinneuhold Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comment 😊

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2017

    Thanks james you're. Comments mean a lot. It's tough doing this without my usual studio surroundings but comments like yours inspire me.

  • @clioem  Feb 2017

    Mais oui, and yourself sir!

  • @scottlake Jan 2017

    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

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2017

    Hi there...southern California represents!
    I'll be watching you...
    Have a great Fawm

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 2017

    Hey matey. Great to be back isn't it? HORRAH

  • @shortdan  Jan 2017

    *high five*

  • @petemurphy  Jan 2017

    Hey James! Good to see ya! I hope all is badass with you.

  • @michaelsalamone Jan 2017

    Yes. So glad we get to listen to you work again this year.

  • @mdavisto Jan 2017

    Yes boys, the JAMES in the hizzouse, and other such statements.

    Go forth and kick ass.