Alternative rocker Micky James is ready to take the world by storm with his out of this world undeniable fashion sense and explosive songwriting. We had a chat with the fiery New york Artist a mist of his recent release of a pair of new singles, “Tie Me Up” and “New Heart” where we spoke about his music beginnings, his music inspirations and the songwriting and recording sessions of the brand new tracks.
SR: What is your story?
MJ: My story goes back about 15 years. I started playing guitar at a very young and started to join bands and perform at the age of 10. I always played the role as a rhythm guitarist until the age of 17, that’s when I started to learn how to sing and eventually fell in love with writing songs. I Fronted a few bands from late teens until now. This latest project which is entitled my name, feels like the most exciting project I’ve taken on yet.
SR: How would you describe your music style?
MJ: I guess I would say it’s alternative rock? Every though that seems so broad and everything seems to be “alternative” now a days, I truly believe my songs are very “alternative” and they rock. So there ya go!
SR: Can you describe your songwriting and music making process?
MJ: Songwriting and music making process kind of coincide. When I’m writing I’m also recording. Putting down demo ideas, voice memos. I write so many little ideas that it would be pretty difficult to store all that in my brain.
SR: What inspired your new tracks, “Tie Me Up” and “New Heart”? What were the recording sessions like?
MJ: “New Heart” lyrically came from a more personal place. To keep it general and on the surface, it’s about understanding and the acceptance of change in ones life, for the better. A rebirth if you will. “Tie Me Up” was inspired lyrically by the Beatles. For instance their song “I am the walrus”. I’m not quite sure if there is an actual meaning behind that song, but I love the idea of leaving it up to the listeners to create their own imagination and story with the lyrics. So for “tie me up”, i sort of went down a lyrical, psychedelic rabbit hole. That song in particular made the sessions super fun and loose. We just ran with our imaginations and the song wrote itself really.
SR: What do you want your listeners to take with them after listening to your music?
MJ: Just like what I took from my favorite artists growing up. They taught me to think differently and outside the box. They affected the clothes that I wear and the style of my hair. To be extraordinary not ordinary. Maybe my music will have the same effect?
SR: What current artists and bands are motivating you?
MJ: Motivating , I’m not too sure? I am inspired by this record by a band called The Lemon Twigs. I think what their doing is fantastic and bold. Loving the production as well.
SR: What are the most challenging things about being an artist?
MJ: Most challenging thing about being an artist is to be accepted for who you are.
SR: What advice would you give anyone who aspires to be an artist?
MJ: To be themselves completely. This business is filled with tricks and traps. To truly know and accept yourself for who you are will most likely benefit you in the long run.
SR: What is next for you?
MJ: Lots of things coming up before the end of the year. I’ll be putting out a few more singles by November and eventually accumulating all of that into an EP. That should be released before I head out on a U.S tour with The Regrettes & Welles, part of the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour.
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