James Mullally is a talented musician and former Thorpe House School ‘lifer’ who joined the school’s Reception class in 2001 before leaving at the end of Year 11 in 2013. To date, he has released three singles with his fourth, ‘Like the Old Days’ coming out on Friday (October 7th 2016). Notable successes so far include his second single played on BBC Introducing in May and his third single charting at number 20 in the ITunes Singer/ Songwriter downloads chart. To find out more about James or to listen to his music use the links at the bottom of this page or search for James Mullally on Spotify and iTunes.
Here’s a taste of what life has been like for James so far……
When did you first start singing?
I first started singing when I was 15/16. I wasn’t very good at all but I knew I had to start somewhere so I started putting videos of songs I’d written onto YouTube.
What did your teachers at Thorpe and family do to encourage you?
Throughout my time at Thorpe I was playing classical guitar and my teachers all were very supportive of that, especially my guitar teacher Mr Morris who always pushed me be it with my technique or challenging pieces. It probably helped that I’m not very good at being complacent.
What music did you do at school?
I took up classical guitar lessons in Year 3 at my school Thorpe House in Gerrards Cross which I loved straightaway! I then went on to progress through the grades up to year 11 where I then took and passed my grade 8 exam. I also sang in the choir for a few years which ironically I stopped because I didn’t like singing. Looking back I probably should’ve kept that up as it could have made me a better singer now but I was young and being a guitar player seemed like a cooler thing to do.
Who else in your family sings?
Well everyone in my family sings but the real the question is does anyone in my family sing well, and that’s very debatable at times!
Who are your musical inspirations?
Musically I’m inspired by so many different artists, writers, producers to name a few. I’m inspired by the likes of Sting for his diversity in lyrics, genres and how broad his instrumentation can be from one song to another which I have always really thought about when writing my own music. Ed Sheeran has also been a real big inspiration to me because he came onto the scene around the time I started singing and his story and work ethic has shown me and many other aspiring artists that you can literally do whatever you want as long as you put your absolute all in and that’s what I really try to get across to my supporters now because it’s really important to do what you love.
What kind of music do you listen to today?
The music I listen to changes quite frequently because I’m always discovering new artists but recently I’ve been listening to Sam Hunt, Jake Miller, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Jon Bellion to name just a few!
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
I’m quite odd when it comes to ‘embarrassing’ songs because I really don’t have any. If I like a song, I like it and if I don’t like a song I’ll listen to it until I find something good in there because if I don’t like a song the first time round I’ve most likely missed something!
Where would you most like to perform?
I’ve always loved the idea of playing somewhere like Wembley Stadium due to its significance and how near it is from where I live but also on my list is the Shepherds Bush Empire, Brixton Academy and the Camden Roundhouse.
What musician would you most like to open for?
There are a few artists that come to mind when I think of someone I’d like to support but I think supporting someone like James Bay or Ed Sheeran would be really cool!
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t into singing I’d most likely be full-time producing and writing for other artists because I really love doing both just as much as I love singing. I’ve always liked to be as diverse as possible within the same field because there’s no point putting all my eggs into the exact same basket.
Do you play any instruments apart from the guitar?
Yes, I also dabble a bit in keys but that’s just something I’ve taught myself over the last few months.
If you could experiment in another genre of music, what would it be?
I’ve always been really interested in either mainstream pop music or as of late, modern country. I take influences from all different genres and then put them into my own music, so one song might sound like a pop ballad whereas the next might sound like a country record.
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
I really try to be as open and accepting as possible when it comes to music genres because one person’s most favourite song in the world is another person’s most hated so I tend not judge! But let’s just say, you most probably won’t find me listening to death-core metal on a Monday morning!
What hidden talents do you have?
I can write just as well backwards as I can forwards and as it turns out I can also run on all fours like a monkey. But more seriously I can hear whole songs in my head before I’ve even picked up an instrument which I’ve found quite useful!
Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
My favourite part of music is the writing at the moment! I get a lot of pleasure out of writing lyrics and then composing guitar parts, string sections, piano etc for them.
Here’s his third single, ‘She Made me Weak’…