Today I’m right stoked to introduce you to indie artist/musician, James Radcliffe. I became aware of James after he connected with me here. I visited his award-winning blog and read a few posts, listened to a couple of his tracks and bought his album. His music struck me as ethereal and unlike anything I’d heard before, and I was interested in finding out more about him. Turns out he’s living the dream of creatives everywhere by making a living through his art. Here’s his bio:
James Radcliffe is a 100% listener-supported, independent artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He writes an award-winning blog that boasts over 4000 followers, and released a solo digital album in early 2014 priced at £5 that listeners now regularly choose to pay over £30 to download.
He pretty much lives in his home studio, and will be releasing new music very shortly in a new and experimental way.
[Note from DV: James has just released a limited edition CD of his album. It can be found here.]
Some listener quotes:
“Unapologetically, disarmingly, impossibly beautiful.”
”…not just heard, but felt.”
“STUNNING. BRILLIANT. It’s like an indie film for your soul.”
And now for the Spotlight questions (a sample and links to James’s work are below the short interview):
D: When did you first realize you were a musician?
J: Doing music has felt natural to me for as long as I can remember. I was in the school brass band and orchestra when I was a kid, and did my first solo performance when I was around 7. So there wasn’t really a: ‘bolt of lightning from the heavens now-I-am-a-musician’ kind of moment. It was much more prosaic than that. Music was just something that I did, like drawing with crayons, eating, or going to the toilet. It’s always been there.
D: What do you hope to convey through your music?
J: There is a feeling I get when I make music that I can’t express in any other way. Time stops and I totally lose any awareness of myself. It’s very ecstatic for me. It’s the closest I’ve ever been able to get to pure freedom.
The people who really connect with my stuff say that they have the same kind of experience when they listen, but this communication is not something that I consciously strive for. It’s more like a happy by-product of me doing what I love to do.
D: What’s your favorite part of working in a creative field? Least favorite?
J: I really love what I do. And I’m fortunate enough to make a living at it, so I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to. I love the process of making art, I love sharing it, and I love connecting with the people who resonate with it. For me, there isn’t a downside.
D: Where do you see yourself in five years?
J: I don’t really think in those terms. I just focus on: each days practice; each little project. I am not working to some Masterplan here. My life is the Grand Experiment. 😉
I do whatever work has energy for the moment until it’s done. This approach seems to be working pretty well, and I like being surprised, so I’ll stick with it for now.
D: What would you like readers of this blog to know about you?
J: That I exist. That I am real. That my music is out there should they want it.
And that I am readily available thru my website should they want to connect with me.