An Interview with Love James

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What inspired you to start making music?

Love James: Not sure exactly. I’ve been writing melodies in my head since I was a little kid and throughout the years, so many artists have inspired me to where I am now with my sound.

Dami: Can you tell us some of the artists who’ve inspired you and your sound?

Love James: FKJ, Mk.gee, King Krule, Dominic Fike, Lowertown, and the Front Bottoms.

Dami: How would you describe your sound?

Love James: Sonically warm and exciting, lyrically melancholic and introspective.

Dami: You just dropped a single titled “feel how you feel”. Can you tell us more about it?

Love James: “feel how you feel” is a song that I’ve had for a while and figured I’d release it because the new stuff I’ve been working on is a different vibe. I didn’t want “feel how you feel” to be one of those songs that will sit in the vault forever and never see the light of day. At its core, the song is about how important it is to express and move with feeling.  

Dami: What does the track mean to you?

Love James: The track to me means so much. I make songs everyday and the ones I release aren’t random. This one in particular I fell in love with right from the start. From the jazzy guitar licks and chords to mu auto tuned vocals and the swanky drunk drum beat that lies underneath. It tickles my brain and gives me chills every listen. I could listen to the beat alone for hours. To me that is a song worth releasing; a piece of art I created that I love. That is all that matters.

Dami: What do you want listeners to take away after listening to it?

Love James: Nothing in particular. If they like it and take something away after from it, that’s awesome and I love to hear what people have to say about my music but it’s not something that is on my mind all the time. I don’t ever have an idea of what I want people to take away after listening. If it makes them feel something, then that’s all that matters to me.

Dami: What’s your creative process like?

Love James: It changes a lot and has definitely evolved since I started. Most of the time, it starts with me and a melody or chord progression and I’ll go from there. Other times, I’ll write lyrics before even making the beat. I try to always keep it interesting by doing something new and keep an open mind when creating. There are no rules and that’s why I love it so much.

Dami: What are 3 words you’ll use to describe your music?

Love James: Vibrant, versatile, voluptuous.

Dami: What’s next for you after “feel how you feel”

Love James: Probably a couple more singles and eventually an album/EP. I really like themes and albums that capture an overall vibe, so I’m excited to dive into that soon.

Dami: Any idea for the themes for them?

Love James: I’ve really been infatuated with death/afterlife/rebirth as of late so I’ll probably base it around that.

Dami: What are some dream collabs you have?

Love James: Ging, FKJ, Dominic Fike, Bakar.

Dami: What would you say was your most memorable moment of the year?

Love James: Filming the music video for my song “feel how you feel”.

Dami: What you got for your fans this coming year?

Love James: Just more music. Only released a couple songs this past year and I’m excited for them to hear more.

Listen to Love James HERE.

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