Interview: James Bay
We are fully liable to be bollocked by a particular PR for the lateness of posting this interview. You hear that, Louisa? We give you permission to bollock us. We’ve good reasons for being tardy though, however the more people we give such excuses to – and that number is steadily increasing, for example we got fucking shunned by two twin friends of ours for not tipping up to their twin party (an actual twin party; it was not only their birthday but their unveiling-of-whether-they-are-actually-identical-twins-or-not celebration) when we provided the otherwise-perfectly understandable excuse of “we have to fucking work on the weekend or Draper doesn’t get his publishing deal and no one wants to deal with a sulking 21 year old” – the more they tend to not believe a word we say. See, our mates reckon that our life is one sweet ride. That all of this shit happens by itself and all we do is sit around and talk about it all the time. True, that is one of the things we do, but one of many. The fact that they reckon it all happens by itself is, at least as we are starting to see it as we’re feeling pretty overly-confident these days, possibly a testament to how well things are going right now. WUT. Another guy who is well within his rights to feel pretty smug about his-self is Mr. James Bay. We met this guy proper when he played our stage at this year’s Great Escape, although we’re pretty sure he played at one of our clubnights at Notting Hill Arts Club. He did well, at both. He killed. He maimed. He burned us all alive. Metaphorically-speaking, course. We had a good chat afterwards and he was nice enough to hold our orange juice real quick while we helped load in all of Embers‘ shit, which was substantial. Cheers, James. In his own respect, he’s spent some time smashing up the blog features, practicing his song-writery craft in New York and other such locations, and having a swell time dominating the support slot market having shared stages with Laura Mvula and Beth Orton thus far, and preparing to do the same with some guys called Rolling Stones. Which is nice. Even nicer that he’s got an EP emo-ish-ly titled The Dark Of The Morning, his debut in fact, due out on 22nd July. So, we’ve heard this guy is generally on the up, and like a lot of people, we want in. James was kind enough to provide all these great answers to all these great questions…
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Good, kind folk of Killing Moon – my name is James, I hail from a tiny little corner of the world called Hitchin, I play guitar and I write songs and sing them a lot because it’s the thing I love to do.
KM: You win the most-diligent-answer-to-the-opening-question award. You can meet our parents if you like. We’re sure you’d get on.
James Bay – Move Together[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhWTREgDAxc]
KM: Also, this is you.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdC8zdl6NSU]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough. It’s a gorgeous record. Her voice is incredible, so sweet and soulful, and she’s got incredible control. The songs feel so personal and honest, and the melodies feel really fresh and different for her soul/singer songwriter style. There’s some really cool production on there too.
KM: That’s very sweet. We’re getting the impression you’re a sensey, a nomenclature we bestow upon those who display emo-like behaviour but are devoid of the emo aesthetic. That’s cool, we switch it up between the two ourselves every so often.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcXl6CDqpvY]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
I played the Mercury Lounge in NYC last night, and I’m still just buzzing! It was incredible – my first show in the states, and the reaction from the crowd was amazing. You could hear a pin drop! Plus, I debuted a brand new tune that I’d written days before and remembered all the words! That alone makes it the one.
KM: We, uh, kinda meant someone else’s show. But that’s cool. Self-assurance and all that, we’re into it. We couldn’t find a clip of you playing at the Mercury Lounge, nor your new tune, but here’s you doing Stealing Cars at Sofar. You can, however, hear something drop (pin, maybe?) at 3 mins 35 secs in.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJrj0eWlRC8]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
Early morning commuters on the tube. That can be a pretty dark moment in the day. They always need a good crack. …Oh!
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
The End – by The Doors.
KM: You mean….. In The End by Linkin Park don’t ya? YEAYUH.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Dark Side of the Moon. One of Gilmour’s finest hours.
The Dark Of The Morning EP is released on 22nd July 2013.
James Bay supports Rolling Stones in Hyde Park on 13th July 2013.
Thanks to Louisa @ MBC PR and sorry about the lateness.