Music Gets Me By is happy to introduce you to Florida based singer-songwriter Kristopher James, who creates interest with his captivating music loaded with soft, acoustic guitar tunes and stunning vocals, leaving you under its spell and forming a dazzling atmosphere all around.
In our following interview, we’ve discussed Kristopher’s involvement with music, songwriting, performing live and hopes for the future.
Could you describe the journey of you getting involved with music and what has been your main influence to start performing as a solo artist?
I started music on a lie. Told some friends I played drums … They booked a show and I had to learn quick. Since then, after learning the guitar and figure out I might be able to sing in key, it’s me trying to figure out who I am, what I feel and how to write it down. Being ok with insecurities and being ok with singing them out.
If you had to pick just one of your tracks to impress a new potential fan, which one would it be and why?
Ha! That’s a hard question because I have a love/hate relationship with them. “My Heart Wasn’t Ready” is a song I still listen to and enjoy. I like the range and emotion of the song itself, and the space between the notes are just as tense as the emotion.
What’s the best atmosphere for you to work on your songs?
7:30pm in my living room after putting my son to sleep. Sitting alone on the hardwood floor trying to fill the room with something.
Do you remember writing your first ever song and the inspiration behind it?
Haha!! Yes! It was called “Fallen Fallacies Fail”. I was a big fan of alliteration. Literally the whole song was filled with alliteration. If there’s a cut somewhere, I’d hide it or hire someone to take it out.
How about your very first experience playing in front of a live audience? What was it like?
Standing on a stage by myself and singing songs I wrote was nerve wracking. Everything from “am I in key” to “why the hell would anyone want to listen to these songs” went through my head. But in the end, I didn’t pee myself, pass out or throw up, so it was ok.
What song of yours do you love to perform the most?
“Regrettably Said”. It feels like the song is a progressive crescendo and it leaves room for whatever emotion is present when I sing. Loud, strong notes or soft, falsetto notes … I really enjoy not knowing how it will feel.
What type of music did you listen to while growing up and how has your music taste evolved over the years?
Everything from Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth to Rancid and Bad Religion. The angst of my youth has matured, I think.
If you could record a track with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, who would it be?
Alive – Tom Waits, Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney.
Dead – Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith or Lou Reed.
As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish with your music?
I had someone ask me that same question and at the time I couldn’t answer it. If all that happens with whatever I write is a drink and a song, then I’m content. If somehow, for some reason, people want to hear what I write, I’ll still take a drink and sing a song.
I’m attempting to finish a full album catalog.
Possibly look at more collaboration and studio time. Besides that, just singing and drinking with friends like you.