Hey there, My name is James Rozzi, I go by J Rozzi on my socials and on Spotify - I'm a Vocalist/Violinist/Top-liner/Producer/Mixing-Engineer from Herts. I specialise in RnB/Soul, although I'm extremely versatile, and have a comprehensive knowledge of musical theory.
I grew up in Hertfordshire learning classical violin, this spurred me on to get stuck into music. I went on to further study music technology at university and I'm on track to study a masters in music technology as well as a post-graduate diploma from Abbey Road.
Having learned a few other instruments in my adolescence, I have a broad knowledge of sonic quality when it comes to organic-based music. I tend to include a lot of dense string writing in my own personal work as I feel this gives a whole new dynamic to any recording.
I have been singing professionally for 5 years now, I have performed in the Royal Albert Hall alongside Gary Kemp, The Cadogan Hall and at The Barbican Centre in my time. I have a great interest in vocal biology which has led me to explore the boundaries of my voice, making me an incredibly versatile singer, and so I'd love to be a part of any experimental vocal projects you may have to offer, as well as up for singing/rapping in any style. I also have studied multiple other languages, so I would also be happy to attempt to sing in any other language.
I'm very easy going and I encourage constructive criticism. I don't like when people try and hold back if they're not 100% happy with something, and I'll always do my best to help in any and every way I can.
(The uploaded audio only presents my Violin and Vocals, other demos available on request)
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6 ReviewsEndorse James Rozzi
I am a colleague and friend of James and have worked with him on several music projects, sessions and live performances. I have had nothing but a positive experience from working and collaborating with him - his vocal ability is exceptional and his professionalism is excellent too. If anyone is thinking of working with him - do, you won't regret it.
I was taught by James when he ran our university gospel choir. I still use some of the techniques he taught us to this day for my own warm ups. He definitely knows what he's doing, and he's a lovely bloke too. ♡
I'm proud to say that I was James's first violin teacher. He took to music both intellectually and intuitively from the word go. He had 20 minutes lessons in primary school and played Kreisler's Preludium and Allegro in his year 6 concert (its harder than grade 8) and was a fabulous leader and solist in our local youth orchestras. I'm delighted this had spurred a lifelong passion for music in so many forms. There is no limit I think.
James is a fantastically talented singer-songwriter, violinist, and producer. I had the pleasure of working with him on multiple projects, and he exceeded my expectations on every single one. He is also an excellent communicator and great person to work with, so I would highly recommend him for any project and look forward to working with him again myself!
James is my most frequent collaborator and this is no coincidence; he is an absolute joy to work with, and everything he does is of an exceptionally high standard. He is an incredibly talented singer, comfortable in seemingly any genre although very much excels at R&B.
I honestly cannot recommend him enough!
Whenever working with James he sends back everything I ask for well within the allotted time and to an extremely high standard. His style and capabilities are so versatile I now consider him a permanent part in my tool kit for all of my projects.
Interview with James Rozzi
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Phone Sex - J Rozzi (ft. Harvey Coates & Aya Nara) I was the co-producer, writer, main vocalist, string player, pianist and mix&mastering engineer. I think this is the best track I've worked on so far and I can't wait to out-do it!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on writing string lines for an EP by a client I met through Social Media, (as well as my dissertation project).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Harvey Coates - incredible songwriter/producer Andrei Sora - remarkable Producer/Mix&Mastering engineer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because I don't have the money for Analog!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my very best in getting the job you need done to the highest standard.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to do what I love and help people create art that both myself and them are proud of!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is _____ possible? / Can you make it sound like _____ ? Yes, everything is possible, just give me a second to figure it out!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That each project is just a pay check - I get really invested in everything I do!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What character are you going for? How do you want the listener to feel? Are there any artists/tracks as reference?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try and know what you want from me, the more explicit your instruction, the easier and quicker my job is. That being said, be open to creative experimentation, a dialogue about healthy collaboration can be much more beneficial to a track than a strict set of lines to colour inside of.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Laptop, a Scarlett 2i, my SM7b, my Roland Phantom and my cans
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm currently a final year Production Student at The University of Surrey, I work alongside Tonmeister Students, however my course is more based on creation than audio engineering. I intend on studying further in London for a Masters in Production and then at The Abbey Road Institute for a post-graduate diploma.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style as an artist is something I'm yet to settle on, I find comfort in allowing myself to experiment and develop within a multitude of styles and practices.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jacob Collier, he is, I believe the most inspiring artist of my generation whether it comes to production, singing, composition, theoretical knowledge or any other practice.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Over-dub harmonies with and without fx to more accurately spread them in a mix
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B and Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to stack harmonies and countermelodies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Quirky-Vibrance in my string writing, Any range of emotions, power and mellow tone in my vocals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically work swiftly as I've grown as a recording artist/producer to the point where I don't do things separately, I'll usually record group parts and apply basic processing as I go, so I can continue to hear the end "vision" as I progress.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a pretty basic home-studio as I have recently moved, so it will be upgraded in the coming months, but at the moment I work with M-Audio Studio Monitors, an Apollo Twin Mk II, Shure SM7b (vox) and Neumann KM185mt (Strings)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jacob Collier, Jordan Rakei, Andrew Huang, Dorian Electra, COMANAVAGO, Fatoumata Diawara, Usted Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Charlie Puth, Shygirl, Count Baldor, Charli XCX
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually provide main vocals, backing vocals, string lines for other artists' work as well as producing tracks for a wide range of genres, my most recent being a long-form spoken word piece by Sarah Callaghan 'Nobody Knows What They're Doing'