jamesstaubes 14


Los Angeles US   Jan 2013


Artist Bio

Influences:   80's pop, classic rock, jazz, hip-hop, country, reggae, classical, disco, nu disco, metal, EDM, folk

I'm back! 2020 is FAWM #8 for me.

2020 Goals:
More guitars, less keyboards. I want to use guitars this year for writing and all the parts. I've relied on keys for a while.

I sing, play keys, guitar, ukulele, bass, and drums. I love collaborating with lyricists, musicians, rappers, anyone. Hit me up.

I'm in Los Angeles, California.


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  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Mar 1

    This song (if you haven't already heard it 20 times) is also SO good. The arrangement and the vocal are so killer:

    Selena Gomez - Lose You To Love Me

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Mar 1

    Oh man! I just listened to Christine and the Queens - People, I've been sad. So good! Thanks for mentioning here! She has such a great voice. That track is such a beautiful slowburn of a tune. Mmm good!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Mar 1

    Winner winner chicken dinner!!!
    Congrats on the win, James! I'm gonna listen to all your songs now. 😀

  • @spunky4455 Feb 28

    Cool! Glad you liked my yoga music. No offense taken, that’s exactly what I intended it to be.

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 28

    You know, I seriously considered that alternate song title. Still not sure which is better.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 27

    Thanks for your kind comment on Shining Light! A friend and fellow FAWMer @grayland just added harmony vocals for me!

  • @ustaknow Feb 26

    I like that Bono video quote, gud! 😀 (Hahhh, like homework... yeah, ino, ino...).

    Happy FAWM2020! anyway!

  • @mdavisto  Feb 17

    Hey J, thanks for the comment, I'm behind myself. I don't know what to tell you about snares except to say that I was taught a subtractive method of mixing, which is that you make space for things by removing the bits of a sound that you don't need in order to represent its character. So if two sounds are competing, carve a hole in one of them. The snare doesn't need the low end, it can borrow the thump from the kick, so I just filter off the bottom of it. Add to that, on a doof-doof track there's a lot of sidechaining going on to get that pumping feel, so at the moment the kick hits, almost everything except the drums drops down a few decibels, which opens up space to hear the snare.

  • @davidtaro  Feb 7

    Hi James. Thanks for the listens & kind comments and, more importantly, being the first person I’ve ever interacted with anywhere who actually owns a Klon! It really does sound fantastic on the songs you’ve posted thus far 👍

  • @terrianndriggs1 Feb 6

    Somehow reminded me of Alan Parsons Project

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 5

    Cheers for commenting, James. I'm glad to hear the piano is coming across well - I'm fortunate enough to have an upright (did all of my first FAWM on it, recorded into my phone) but I'm even more fortunate to have an electric one that I don't have to mic up.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 3

    Hey James. I did the formant shifting effect with native plugin in FL Studio called Pitcher. It's basically Autotune, but it has a knob for tweaking formants to make the voice bigger or smaller.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 3

    I'm working in Logic. I used to just throw a crap ton of plugins on my master bus but now I'm more selective with EQ and compressors before I go add any mastering stuff. Working much better. I'm just learning how to actually use all this stuff. Lol.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the comment James. Haha, I've been trying to be more specific with compressors and I'm using T-Track One for a final mastering chain on my master bus. Not sure I've found the secret sauce yet but I'm liking the experimentation.

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2020

    Dude, I'm back! Thanks for checking in. It's all been a bit nuts, but when is it ever not, right?

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2020

    Hey James! Glad you’re back, looking forward to some new stuff! Happy Fawming!

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2020

    Great to see you back again this year! Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff!