James Bay

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Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring James Bay

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Movies can be great for inspiration. Scenes will often contain the different ingredients you need for a song – be it a mood, a feeling or sometimes a whole lyric. So, they’ve worked pretty well in the past. Of course my favourite artists also inspire me to make music. Who I’m listening to often depends on how I feel and whatever it is I want to write about. It’s also great when different, more unexpected art grabs you and inspires your own art in new ways. I hadn’t seen live dance until about a year ago. I saw Hofesh Shechter’s ‘Political Mother’ – it blew my mind. I found it so inspiring; I was left speechless by the end.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

James Baldwin (author) Joni Mitchell and Han Solo.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Alpen. Honestly, it’s amazing.

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Print of a Vincent Van Gogh painting.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of Christmas trees always reminds of being a kid.

6. Coffee or tea?

Tea. Milk and one, please.

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

A guy came up to me after a gig once, he was probably only about 17 and he told me how much he’d enjoyed my set and that he “really connected with my lyrics”. That one meant a lot to me, I really felt like I’d come a long way with my writing.

8. Three words that describe you?

Easily distracted, indecisive.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

I can honestly say I’ve never had one. But if I had to – as far as cartoon characters go, Jessica Rabbit’s pretty fiery, right?

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Fleetwood Mac: “World Turning”. Has to be.

World Turning :: Fleetwood Mac

Great song! (Editor’s note: James, have you ever covered this? I think you should!)

Move Together :: James Bay

To learn more about James Bay’s click and go to his website here, like him on his Facebook, tweet with him on Twitter and watch and listen to some great music on his YouTube channel – and don’t forget to subscribe!

You can also download a song for free on James’ website – here.

This was the first song of James Bay that I heard…and loved:

When We Were On Fire (live) :: James Bay

I also encourage you to purchase James’ EP The Dark Side of the Morning here or here. Please help us keep art alive and support the artists, and the music.

Here are some upcoming dates to catch James Bay live! If you have the opportunity, go and check him out –

Sept. 2, 2013 at Aladdin w/ZZ Ward, Portland, OR – get tickets here
Sept. 4, 2013 at Fillmore w/ZZ Ward, San Francisco, CA – get tickets here
Sept. 6, 2013 House of Blues w/ZZ Ward Los Angeles, CA – get tickets here

I would like to thank James Bay for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project. I would especially like to thank James for the songs When We Were On Fire and Need the Sun to Break, two songs that have been on constant rotation on my August driving playlist – I love both songs so much.


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