James TW took time out of his busy touring schedule to chat to boohooMAN about his music, touring, everyday life and what’s in store for 2017.
You’re currently on tour with Shawn Mendes. How did you react when you received the news they wanted you as the warm-up act for the tour?
I was delighted. I knew this tour would be a great opportunity for me to grow and develop as an artist so I was so excited when I heard the news.
What’s the best part about being on tour?
Being able to wake up in a new place every day is a cool thing. I get to discover cities the same way my friends are doing on gap years right now which I wouldn’t have time for otherwise.
What’s the worst part?
Missing people close to me.
How do crowds differ from country to country?
Some are louder from the start of the show whilst some take a little more time to get there. Either way they’re all great.
When did you realise that you could make a career in music?
When I was 15 I was playing in local pubs and clubs every weekend and I’d been writing songs for a few years. One day my dad told me he thought I could get signed and I really trusted his opinion so I kept pushing to get better and luckily an opportunity came my way.
Who’s your biggest inspiration in music?
I’ve learnt so much off John Mayer from his guitar playing and his lyrics.
If you could collaborate with one other artist, past or present, who would it be?
I would collaborate with James Taylor. My dad named me after him and he is also a phenomenal musician, singer and lyricist.
What are some of the most memorable events and venues you’ve played?
My first headline show in London at the Islington Academy. Playing the Air Canada Centre with Shawn Mendes and my first ever gig as a drummer for my dad’s wedding band when I was 10.
What does a typical day in the life of James TW look like when you’re not creating music?
When I’m not writing I’ll either be playing a show or doing promo. Usually this involves interviews, traveling and performing.
Are you playing or attending any festivals this summer?
Yes, I’m playing at Pink Pop, Firefly & Bravalla to name a few.
What is your festival outfit?
I have never been to a festival before so I’m gonna have to find out through trial and error.
Are you going on a lad’s holiday this year? If so where?
I am not! Haha. Although some of my mates make the effort to come and see my shows in the UK which I appreciate.
Being a musician, you must have your pick of the girls, but what’s your best chat up line?
I have zero chat up lines. Pathetic right?
Drink of choice on a night out?
It has to be Peroni.
Can you give any advice to those wanting to make it as a musician?
If you want to become a musician I’d use every source you can to become better. For me I watched YouTube tutorials on how to play songs and solos all day. The internet is an amazing platform so once you feel comfortable put some videos up of yourself playing.
Describe yourself in three words?
British, honest and motivated
Describe your style?
Classic. I keep it simple with jeans & denim jackets.
Thanks James. Good luck with the rest of the tour.
Check out James’ video for is new track ‘Ex’ below: