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Interview: 10 Questions With Russell James

Where do you think your passion for music came from?
I’m a Christian and I believe the enjoyment I find in music ultimately comes from the lord. I had friends I met in high school that were in a band and I really thought that was cool. I enjoyed going to their practices and I really wanted to do the same thing. I ended up getting an electric guitar and everything else fell into place.

Who are your biggest influences?

Hmmmm..... as far as music goes this one definitely gets me thinking. I’ve had so many influences from so many talented artists/bands from completely different genres that it makes it hard to really narrow it down. I can say as of right now my biggest influence are probably Maroon 5, Twenty One Pilots, Logic, NF, Rag n’ Bone Man, and Taylor Swift.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

Crowd engagement. If you can’t entertain the people at the venue and keep them interested, you’re not doing your job.

What is the one song you had wished you had written?

The Pokémon theme song. So catchy!

What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?
Value the People you meet in life. Relationships are important and never the same with each experience.

Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t receive much attention?

NF is really good. He’s a rapper that a lot of people are sleeping on. If you like hip hop you should definitely check him out.

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

I would love to leave a positive impact on the world. Being able to have the ability to create something to positively impact someone’s life is a wonderful gift. If I can just help one person throughout their day and encourage them, its worth it to me in the end.

What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?

Long hours, little sleep, and being away from family are the biggest sacrifices for me.

What are your biggest interests away from music?
I really enjoy spending time with my wife and children. Outside of that i also enjoy video games and weightlifting.

What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

When I was 19 my son Jade was born. He was born with multiple disabilities and that was really hard on me and my wife at the time. We learned to rely on God for strength and believe in his sovereignty for guidance. Jade is alive and well to this day.


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