James Cavern is an American Singer/Songwriter with English roots. He is a well versed in the studio, has been on multiple tours, played festivals, headlined shows and even managed an appearance on Season 6 of NBC's The Voice.
James started learning music when he grew up in England through the school system but didn't really pursue music until much much later in life.
He taught himself guitar at the age of 19 which eventually led him to singing. James didn't sing to anyone but himself and it took a while to eventually get of "stage fright"
James didn't begin to actively pursue music until around 2010 in which we dove straight in and began playing gigs to help support himself. This led to James playing many shows and eventually began working on his own original music.
James grew up listening to the classics such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks! as well as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and James Brown. In his early teens years his sister introduced him to Oasis, Blur, The Verve which definitely shaped his singer/songwriting style at the beginning. He then gravitated towards the then extremely popular UK Garage scene which ultimately led him to his true love. RnB Soul music.
James has released an EP titled Lost & Found which is available to stream through Apple Music and Spotify.
James has been lucky to have had a very eventful career so far in music. From playing major festivals to appearing on "The Voice"...all in the space of 4 years. It's still early days.
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James is a great artist with a unique voice. He did some singing for me and I am very happy with the result. He is a super nice guy, and he seems like someone that really enjoys making music. I am sure he will do anything to please you, and as long as you are willing to go along with his busy schedule, the result will be more than rewarding!!!!!
Interview with James Cavern
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say my most recent Ep. I had taken over a year off of performing out and gigging to focus on writing. I wanted to write good music. Structure and lyrics. Now that that is done...I am now focused on making and promoting GREAT music!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on launching my own label imprint of Sony Music. I have a couple of acts as well as myself that I will be promoting. I am recording and working on my own music and visuals. Stay Tuned! #TreeToneRecords
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think its hard to really pick one. Both have their strengths and I don't believe one is necessary better than the other. It's about what is best for the particular song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to deliver your vision of what you want for your song!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom to express...and the simple fact that I love playing music and creating with other people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you Australian? No! I'm English... But since I've lived in America for so long, I now sound... Australian.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have reference tracks? How important is this song to you? Are you emotionally invested?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communications is the key. Let me know what you want and I will do my best to deliver and do not be afraid to tell me something I might not want to hear. Honesty and the integrity of song is the most important thing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: guitar, drums, bass, keys. iphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been actively pursuing music now for about 5 years and it has taken me all over the place. I feel very fortunate to be in the position I'm in and to have had all the experiences I've had. I believe in building strong networks at can ultimately support he greater good.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I describe myself as indie soul
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Gabriel Garzon Montano. He has a beautiful style that brings in many forms of music. Jazz, soul, hip hop, rnb, latin grooves and much more. Genres are constantly changing and emerging. I feel he has a great sense of sound in general.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write and add all the ideas you have when you hear them, then slowly take them away.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on RnB soul music. I do enjoy some alternative and electronic also. Good music is good music in my opinion, no matter the genre. I have worked on all types of genres and it has always been enjoyable.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to arrange and hear where sounds may want to come in our out I feel is what I do best because I enjoy it the most. But, everything is a work in progress. I am always trying to learn.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring dynamic and soul. Some of my favorite songs have a lot of space. I am definitely a believe of less is more. This makes me strive to be very purposeful with every note and instrument that is added.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to hear the song and hear what the songwriter has in mind. I like to have it playing over and over again in my heads phones. I'll the records and sing melodies over tracks and try to come up with something lyrically. Once I have a set melody then writing the lyrics comes relatively easily.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have home setup as well as access to a full studio with live room and board. I've found that most of my projects can be easily be done from home but it's definitely a bonus to be able to go to a full on studio if needed.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by a large variety of music. Everything from Rock and roll and RnB. Bruno Mars, Miguel, John Legend, Kanye West as well as Portishead, Radiohead, Blur the Gorillaz are a few that jump to mind more recently
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal and Instrument takes/Top Line writing