Artist: James Elvidge

 

State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.

‘I Don’t Mind’ was written and produced by James Elvidge.  The video was also produced by James Elvidge.

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.
‘I Don’t Mind’ tells a duel-meaning story about the bittersweet experience of letting go of what we know to experience what is possible…  Whether we are letting go of someone or something, we are letting go to set out on the journey of life to explore all that we truly are and all that is truly possible.

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Elaborate on your music career.
Currently I am blessed with playing drums in many bands with some of the top musicians in the Northwest.

I’ve actually got a lot of big plans for the upcoming year. I’ve just completed a brand new State of the Art Recording Studio. I’m working on a lot of new music that will ultimately be 2 different albums that will release this summer. One is all New Age/Ambient music and the other is more Dance/Indie-Electronic music. And because my music is extremely eclectic I say ‘New Age’ and ‘Electronic’ in the broadest sense.  Perhaps a safe way to categorize it would be more under the umbrella of alternative music with electronic and new age influences.

I will be playing several festivals across the United States this year both solo and with full bands as well as playing locally in the northwest with several different bands.

Along with working on a lot of new music in the studio right now I am putting together a whole new live show for my solo act and it’s going to be amazing! I’m all about innovation and stepping outside the box. And yeah, I’m stepping way outside the box.
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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.
Word of mouth through social media has been my strongest marketing influence.  I perform regularly in the Northwest and have built a strong reputation with a loyal fan base here.  However, with the help of social media, much of my fan base comes from Europe.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.
Feelings and emotions are the source of my musical inspirations. For me, when creating new music everything starts with a feeling. Far before the words come. The beautiful thing about feelings is they create a different story for all of us. You’re not being fed a picture show and driven by plot. Writing from a place of feeling and emotion you set the stage for the listener to explore the ambient space of their own imagination and see, feel, and hear the story that feels right for them. And although much of my music may not fall under the genre of “ambient music” I still consider it to be ambient music just because of its ambient nature.

I consciously make an effort not to judge myself nor anyone else regardless if I feel I’m right or their wrong or vice versa. There is no winning that argument, only a difference in perception. The same holds true when it comes to art. Music especially. I don’t look at it as creating music so much. I look at it as creating space for the mind to wander and the heart to explore. Without judgement we leave the stage wide open to infinite possibilities whether they might feel good or bad. That’s a good thing because everyone has their own perceptions and by putting our judgement aside we create a universal space for everyone to explore.

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Discuss your lyrics and songwriting.

To me, music is all about creating feeling and emotion that provokes the listener to create their own story according to how it feels for them.  I try to write more reflective lyrics that allow imagination to flow for the listener so they can build their own story from it in whatever way it has meaning for them.

I love to explore new places and I love to feel emotions whether they’re uplifting, sad, strong, dark, whatever… I am moved by emotions. And because I allow these emotions to feel me up freely, without judgement, from a place of self-awareness, they manifest through my music and become real for the listener.

I have a deep love for people and I want to give them something that will move them. Something that might alter their state even for just a moment to give them a chance to reflect on something different. To take them away on a journey and perhaps inspire them to new possibilities and ultimately give back to the Universe and create something beautiful themselves. In a sense I consider music to be healing music when you successfully induce feeling and emotion that brings inspiration to others.
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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.
I’ve always been a very eclectic music writer and the reason for that is because I don’t judge what I hear and I don’t try to steer and control the direction of my flow. Not to say that I haven’t found myself trying to do that from time to time, and when that happens I always find myself left uninspired and out of integrity. I guess you can say that my “Stand in Life” is all about being true to self and contributing to the world what the Universe calls on me.

I’ve come to the awareness that I’m not the one driving the ship… If I were, we would all be doomed because I have no idea where I’m going. One of the most beautiful things in the world is simply “not knowing.” That is my story… I don’t know!

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.
I’ve never used rhymes dictionaries or any sort of writing software to develop lyrics.  I just write what the music tells me to write.  I very rarely, if ever, have a lyrical story in mind when writing music.  The music pretty much always comes first and then a write according to how the music makes me feel and what it’s driving me to say.

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Discuss the music industry.
The music industry is volatile right now and changing rapidly.  It’s tough on digital sales but the sky is the limit for taking advantage of all of the avenues that are opening up for the DIY’ers who have the courage and passion to do what they love to do.
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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.
I don’t really have a given ritual for prepping for a recording session other than when I close my studio door; I am turning off the world.  Nothing about the outside world matters at that point.  It’s sort of like having a magical room that you can enter and anything is possible and nothing else matters.  No bills to pay, no responsibilities, nothing…  It all disappears.  You have to be willing to let go and just be in the moment.  And always trust that what you’re doing at any given time is right!
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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.
In short, tempo most often is not a conscious choice for me.  The music chooses the tempo.  Depending upon the many factors including mood, emotion, feeling, etc… tempo has its natural place there.  My writing is driven by these moods and emotions and whatever those may be at any given time will choose their natural tempo to reflect their linier movement through space and time.
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Discuss your shows or live performance.
I have a much different approach to my music which has allowed me to create quite a ‘cult following’ of modern alternative music lovers and the real value comes from my live performances which is not just a performance. It’s an invitation into a world of captivating imagination, intense musicianship, and magnetic flare that leads you on an epic journey of sight and sound with each and every movement. Enchanting vocals, finesse drumming, and an eclectic mix of spellbinding music are the ingredients which always leave you craving for more.

I perform all my music live as a One Man Show. I play drums, keyboards, sing and control all my backup sequences with synth and triggers. It’s definitely not your average show. I love performing equally as much as I love writing and hopefully it shows.
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Share your press release and reviews with us.
As a solo artist/musician and producer James is a veteran performer playing with all the top Inland Northwest bands. For the past 10 years James has been masterfully producing and arranging his own music and performs all of it live as a ‘One Man Band’ playing drums, keyboards, and vocals to a full array of his digitally mastered tracks. As the Inlander Magazine once wrote “James is a masterful techno wizard.” But, it’s not really techno. Highly ‘technical’ yes… Techno?  Not so much… James has a very eclectic approach to his music which has proven to have a wide genre appeal to music lovers and combined with a highly charismatic stage presence and sophisticated drumming you are guaranteed top notch entertainment.
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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.
I’ve been doing this a while and I understand that you can’t please everyone and at the end of the day what really matters is that I’m true to myself and the integrity of my creations. But, although I operate way outside the box, I know there is an audience and I love my audience. I live to create for my audience, to amaze my audience, and to hopefully enlighten my audience with something that wouldn’t otherwise be there. That’s why I’m here. This is my purpose…

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Discuss the story line of the song.
‘I Don’t Mind’ tells a duel-meaning story about the bittersweet experience of letting go of what we know to experience what is possible…  Whether we are letting go of someone or something, we are letting go to set out on the journey of life to explore all that we truly are and all that is truly possible.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

What fans tell me that stands out most about this song is that it seems to fall in the electronica genre but with a more modern alternative flavor and a strong flowing arrangement that you don’t get with most electronica type songs.  And nicely controlled vocals which add a more New Age Contemporary flavor.

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Tell us the theme of most of your compositions.

Since my themes change constantly I would say that the common theme surrounding most of my compositions would be change…  Life is all about growth and growth requires change.  There is a bittersweet connection to this thing we all have in common which is change.  It’s sad, it’s happy, it’s painful and yet rewarding and comforting.  It can be scary yet inspiring.  Change contains so much feeling and emotion.
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Tell us the official date of release.

‘I Don’t Mind’ was officially released on March 27th, 2018.

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State the links to your social media and stores.

Website

 

Reverbnation

 

Facebook

 

Twitter


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