James Collin [jamescollin]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I write instrumental music, mostly electronic, rock and classical influenced pieces that are somewhat cinematic. A lot of my themes involve movement - the feeling of traveling. I try to include and emotional high point in each as well.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
When I write, it's usually alone. When I perform it varies. Sometimes I perform solo, with just a keyboard, guitar and laptop, and sometimes I perform with a band. I usually have a drummer, bassist, and pianist, and occasionally violin.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list discography in which you have participated.
"As Luck Would Have It" (full length) - 2006
"mot.ion" (EP) - 2010
"In The Orchard of Osiris" (compilation) - 2010
"L+R-A+D" (full length) - 2011
"The Passenger" (EP) - 2011
"Bruno & James" (full length) - 2012
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
My parents are responsible for my interest in music. There was always music in my home growing up - usually emanating from the hi-fi turntable in the living room. I began taking piano lessons when I was 10, trumpet at 13, and starting teaching myself guitar at 15.
What was your musical education?
I started with private lessons on piano when I was ten. Then I picked up the trumpet in middle school. I attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summers of middle and high school, where I also started singing in choir. I continued choir in high school. I also picked up the guitar and taught myself. After I was competent enough I joined bands with friends and started writing and recording.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
Probably in high school. I was involved with so many musical activities, and I loved it so much. I realized it would always be a part of my life. During college I decided it would be a major part of my life.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Usually at night. I'm a night owl. I do my best thinking when it's dark outside. Occasionally I get ideas in the early morning as well.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes. In fact, that happened a few months ago and it's one of the most beautiful melodies I've ever written.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
For me, a song is finished when I'm ready to release it - either as a single or as part of an album. At that point I consider it a finished version of the song. I have often reworked a song after I have released it. These I consider 2nd and 3rd versions of the song, and I will sometimes re-record the new arrangement.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
Incredibly nervous. Always have. If I'm not, then something is wrong.