60 Seconds with… James Thomson
By Kian West
THERE ARE THOSE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU WANT TO HATE, THEY HAVE SO MUCH TALENT AND GOOD LOOKS, BUT ARE ALSO SUPER FRIENDLY AND NICE SO IT IS HARD TO FAULT. JAMES IS ONE OF THOSE TALENTS, WITH A TRUE SONGWRITING GIFT AND INCREDIBLY FRIENDLY AS WELL. HERE AT MIRAGE WE LOVE JAMES AND WE THINK YOU WILL TOO.
So James, for those that don’t know anything about you, tell us a little something about yourself?
I’m a songwriter and a musician.
Who are your biggest influences in life and music?
I’ve loved blues music since I first heard it. It’s powerful music. There’s the modern over compressed, glossy stuff which I don’t much like and then there’s the real deal; It’s easy to them tell apart though. I like Bob Dylan and Neil Young a lot too - both as songwriters and musicians. I think they approach their music in different ways but they’ve both consistently made good (and great) music over many years, they’ve never became irrelevant or a novelty/nostalgia act like so many artists from that era because they’ve never changed their styles to suit the current fad. There’s a lesson there for all artists.
Being around my partner who is a wonderful musician and also my friends who are artists is really inspiring too. We speak naturally and openly to each, about what we’re doing, writing, dreaming etc.
It’s rare because there’s so much fake bullshit you hear as an artist or a musician where people and especially other “ artists” say “ah I love what you’ve created/written/done” but most of the time they’ve got their own motives they’re trying to serve and good luck to them, you just go to learn to weed out the lecherous nonsense.
You have just recorded your second album, what’s different about this one from the first?
Because I’d been through the process of making an album before I understood what was involved once I got in the studio. I was more aware of what I wanted to do with certain songs and also let some of the other songs evolve naturally. This is an album rather than just a bunch of songs all collected together. There’s a common thread, or a mood in the songs but not a common style. My music gets called ‘Americana’ and ‘Alt. Country’ but I don’t like those terms and don’t consider my music that at all. This new record probably shows why.
And you are currently running a Pozible campaign to fund the mixing and mastering, can you tell us a little bit about all that and what people can get if they support you? Well all the songs for the album have been recorded, but those tracks now need to be mixed and mastered; I’m looking to raise $1900 to help contribute to that. We’re halfway there in raising the funds and about halfway through the campaign so we’re about par for the course. The mixing and mastering costs are going to be closer to $3000 so the $1900 I’m looking to raise is just to help fund some of that. The campaign works as a pre-order for the new album – people can pre order digital or physical copies of the album which will then be posted out to them. My talented pal Joe Nigel Coleman (http://joenigelcoleman.com) also kindly donated some of his wonderful artworks/photographs to use as rewards for certain pledges too. http://www.pozible.com/project/185803
Where can Novocastrians catch you playing in October?
Im playing at the Lass O’ Gowrie in Wickham on the 17th with De’May and The Dennis Boys – it should be a great night. That’s all for Newcastle in October as I’m touring with Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz who will be out here mid October from the United States on a tour; we’re playing a couple of shows in Melbourne and in Sydney which should be fun.
Anything else our readers should know?
Quite possibly; don’t know if I’m the one to tell them and were already at 59.48 seconds.