James Arthur's soaring success in 2016 might have been surprising for both fans and critics. His three year hiatus from the music industry would've been though of as a hindrance, but the 28-year-old crooner dominated the charts last year with his hit song, Say You Won't Let Go.
Though one might just know him from the aforementioned single and his controversial dispute with Simon Cowell, James is literally "Back from the Edge", as his sophomore album title suggests.
It definitely shows that the singer has more music in him as he discussed more intimate issues such dealing with anxiety, producing more heart-felt music, and of course, visiting Singapore.
Get to know James better in our interview below!
1. Say You Won’t Let Go has been dominating the charts and is deemed by many fans as a “depressing” track. Could you share with us the inspiration behind the song?
I wouldn't say it's a depressing track at all. It's a love story that I think everybody can relate too. If anything, it's a positive track about finding and being with that person. All my writing is influenced by life experiences but I like to create songs that are universally relatable.
2. Could you share with us one musician that you listened to as a child that has greatly influenced your current artistic style?
I have so many musical influences, from rap to soul. I like to explore with new styles all the time so I wouldn't pin point one specific artist as I believe you can get influences and inspiration from a variety of genres which I think is really important.
3. What challenges did you encounter in making the album, Back From The Edge?
I think the only challenge was how my music would be perceived by everyone. I am really proud of this album and the work and creativity that went in to it. I think there is always doubts and concerns about releasing music but I wanted to go with I felt was right this time round. This is such an honest and autobiographical album, I guess having that out there was a little scary. But the reaction has been amazing and I'm so pleased and proud of it.
4. What would be your best memory from 2016?
There are so many. It's been such a whirlwind year and having a number 1 single and album comeback was a feeling and moment I can't explain. The year 2016 has been the best Memory overall.
5. You’ve mentioned in a previous interview that watching X Factor gives you anxiety. Do you feel the same way when you play shows or write music?
I guess it's always good to have some nerves before writing and playing live music, as it gives you that drive to better yourself each time. Anxiety is a different beast in itself and it's built into my character. I have to deal with my anxiety in many of ways, but writing and playing live is where I am most comfortable.
6. Name one song from your debut album that still strongly resonates with you now.
I resonate with each of the album tracks as they all mean something different for me.
7. Will you be planning to bring Back From The Edge Tour to Singapore?
Of course! Would love to come over there and see you guys!
8. What message would you give to your Singapore fans?
Just a massive thank you... for believing in me and sticking with me. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fans so this is all for them as it is for me.
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