- Words Cal McIntyre
It's time to introduce yourself to Piers James, the multi-hyphenate wordsmith who grabs you by the hand and takes you on a journey through his thought-provoking soundscape.
Singer, rapper, producer and storyteller Piers James crafts emotive and seminal works that feel fully-packaged due to his unique and kindred experiences that he pours from his soul.
James’ new project, ‘A Dying Breed’, is a prolific and raw depiction of James’ outlook on life, taking into account his past and present self, with lessons to be learned from either side. A father himself, James’ sonic universe is filled with reflection, evaluation and hope – succumbing to fate’s way of learning from the good and bad hurdles that it throws your way.
Piers’ wavering and graceful production make it hard to put him into a musical box which is exactly the point of his music. James floats effortlessly between many musical chairs as the message of his tracks is ultimately the DNA of his works. Sitting at the intersection of where old meets new, you can expect a plethora of references and influences embedded throughout James’ work – jazz, hip hop, R&B, reggae and grime just to name a few.
We caught up with the rising trailblazer to get you in the know of this stunning craftsman and the sonic tales he has to tell you.
Hi Piers, how have you been doing spiritually and mentally during lockdown?
I’ve been okay! At times I’ve definitely felt cabin feverish but I’m usually locked away making music so I don’t mind the isolation to be honest. I think when you have so much time at home or in the studio, you naturally become a bit more introspective of your life, who you are as a person and whether you’re leading a life that feels fulfilled. Right now I can honestly say spiritual and mentally I’ve never felt better, it feels great to be releasing my art into the world and for people to be truly be connecting with the songs in such a positive & soulful manner, especially during these times.
Have you discovered any tips on staying creative and positive throughout all of this?
What is your favourite subject to write about currently?
What is the main message you wanted to get across within your music?
What is something you want to tell your younger self?
What is your star sign? Do you think you’re like your star sign?
I’m a Scorpio… To some respects I do think I am a bit like the characteristic’s of my star sign, I know we get a bad rep but I’d like to think I’m a good one.
What would the name of your autobiography be?
I think it would have to be my motto ‘Born Artistic to Achieve’ – from a young age I truly believed that I was put on this earth to be an artist and share my talents with the world.
What are you most looking forward to right now?
I’m most looking forward to going back out into the world and to be able to spend time with my family and friends. But being in lockdown has also only intensified my urge to travel, I wanna experience the world and see different things in different cultures and if I just so happen to have a show in that country then it’s a win-win!