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FACING FORWARD WITH
GAVIN JAMES

Gavin James is questioning intentions in his latest release ‘Sober’.

Growing up on a sturdy diet of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Sam Cooke, music flowed through Gavin James’ childhood with might. At the age of eight, he started his own rock band, setting him up on the path to musical reverence and although that band no longer performs together (RIP), James has continued down the melodic road. 

His debut album ‘Bitter Pill’ (an homage to Alanis herself), smashed charts and set James off on his journey. Five years later, his latest track ‘Sober’ continues to shine with authenticity. On the track, James says, “Sober is a song about being in love with someone and then in the morning they all of a sudden don’t love you back. It’s pretty much about their sobering reality that you are not for them and you’re left alone replaying the relationship in your head … so you’re sad about it and you sing it real loud with a piano”. 

The special thing about James’ music is the ability to capture emotions that feel difficult to articulate and even more difficult to project. He explores the ever-relevant ponderings of love and lust and the wonderings of whether a love is fuelled by passion or intoxication. ‘Sober’ is sure to be his next big hit, so with or without a drink in hand, give it a listen now.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

Hopefully the future of music will be more amazing artists and songwriters and lot’s of live music with no social distancing or masks.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

I would love to collaborate with Bob Dylan…. Dylan’s songwriting is insane, I got into ‘The Freewheelin…’ when I first started to learn how to play the guitar, my Dad brought home the album on cassette and I’ve been hooked on all of his songs ever since. My favourite song on the album is ‘Girl from The North Country’ because the lyrics and melody are beautiful, I like what he does when he picks the guitar and it inspired me.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

I’ve been very fortunate to play a lot of amazing venues around the world but I would love to play The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, in Athens.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

Hopefully we will be back out there touring, I can’t wait to perform live, it’s almost two years now since I finish my world tour.

The next 5 years?

To keep on doing what I love, writing, recording and performing.

Press play on Gavin James’ ‘Sober’ below now…

Words by Tori Sharp

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