There’s nothing nicer than seeing an artist you’ve been following for a while, develop over time and suddenly create something which makes you stop and just think, wow.
I remember following James Robb (link to his Twitter for all you lovely lot here) years and years ago and actually remember watching all of his YouTube covers during many of my lessons in school. It hadn’t sunk in how long ago this was until I recently went and looked on his YouTube to discover the videos that seemed like yesterday, were in fact 5 years ago, and I had a moment where I began to feel very old.
Wednesday 30th March, his new single Flamethrower was released, and I LOVE it! Not only has the song got a chilled vibe to it, but I can guarantee that you will have it stuck in your head all day long. The consistency of the vocal melody throughout is impeccable, creating a well-polished finish on the song and giving it an extremely high-level of professionalism. The lyrics to Flamethrower are well structured and extremely relatable pulling on the emotive topic and feelings of love. There are not many songs which I can honestly say that I could listen to on repeat, however, this song is one of these. The overall finish of Flamethrower is so fantastic, and to see the improvement in James as an artist from when I first started supporting him, really does fill me with a sense of pride and excitement as to what the future holds for James.
But that’s my opinion, what do you think? Check out Flamethrower, share the love on YouTube and let me know what you think!
I had a catch up with James about Flamethrower, how he’s been doing and his plans for this year.
I am a musician/songwriter and I used to make content for YouTube prior to releasing my debut EP this year. I also just recently graduated from University, studying Marketing!
Congratulations on graduating! In January you released your debut EP ‘The Next Step’, which by the way I love! How would you describe the style of the EP?
Thank you, Gabby! I’d describe it as personally honest, creatively exploratory and very influenced by modern alternative/pop music!
Personally, my favourite song from the EP is ‘Moonlight Sky’, do you have a favourite off the EP? And if so which one?
Ah, I’m glad you like Moonlight Sky. I also would have to agree; initially, it was Brokenhearted, because of the catchy hook, but as time has gone on and the more I hear my songs played, Moonlight Sky is the one I hear and have a specific, large amount of pride for.
It’s always a variety. Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Prince, Justin Timberlake etc. I always cherry pick elements of their musical styles and try to incorporate them into my own style I have!
If you could duet with any anyone who would it be?
I would love to do a song collaboration with Coldplay one day… even if I don’t sing but just write with them… it would be a dream come true!
Similarly, if you could support anyone on tour, who would it be?
That is true. Well, obviously, they mean a lot to me and I really appreciate all of their support in recent years. They’ve grown up with me; a lot of the fans were 14/15-year-olds when I started YouTube and now they’re finishing sixth form. So I see them more as a group of supportive people who have watched me develop in a variety of ways and I hope they could find it easy to understand me. The new fans… well you’re in for a hell of a ride too!
What can your fans expect for the rest of this year?
Finally, do you have a message for all your fans reading this interview today?
Good thanks! Very excited to be finally releasing my new song.
I recently listened to your new single, Flamethrower and LOVED it, for people who haven’t listened how would you describe the song?
I’d describe it as a catchy pop tune with some r&b undertones. Obviously, the subject matter is about being burned by someone you love, so at its core. It’s a love song too.
For people who don’t know who you are, tell us a bit about yourself and your music.
I’m from a small town called Hitchin just outside of London and I’ve been posting music online on and off since I was about 15. I started off with covers, but the more I did the more I wanted to write my own stuff. Last year I put out a small EP, but since then I’ve left my old management and gone down a new path – which begins with ‘Flamethrower’.
Who are you musical influences?
I have so many! But I’m a huge fan of old soul singers like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. In terms of modern day stuff Justin Timberlake and Musiq Soulchild, some of Robin Thicke’s early stuff too.
What can we expect from you this year?
I’ll be working on a music video for Flamethrower in the near future. So look out for that! And of course, there’ll be more tunes, possibly in the form of an EP or two.
And finally, what do you want to say to all your fans who are reading this?
Pre-order Flamethrower on iTunes now. And show the song to all your friends until it annoys them!
Big thanks to James for taking the time to have a catch up with me. What do you think of Flamethrower? Go check it out, and if you like it get following, subscribing, liking, sharing, and pre-ordering. If Flamethrower is anything to go by, his other songs are going to be massive.
Don’t miss out on this! Pre-order Flamethrower on iTunes today by clicking here. And of course, when you have done, send James a tweet and let him know what you think.