In 2015 Australian singer-songwriter and producer JAMES CHATBURN moved across the globe to explore life as a musician in Berlin. During this time, JAMES released very few pieces, giving listeners a glimpse of what to expect, while he made music from a small room in a dilapidated old office building, left over from the years of the German Democratic Republic.
In the time JAMES has been living in Europe, he has supported The Internet on their German tour, he was invited to take part in Redbull Music Academy’s Bass Camp 2017, collaborated with Grammy-nominated Jordan Rakei, and featured on certified gold single “Higher” by Australian hip-hop legends Hilltop Hoods.
With his current and second sophomore EP “Damen”, he explores soul, blues, rock and electronic music. Off-kilter, neo-soul joint “In The Wild” leads the EP as the third and final single release, possessing of a raw, analogue sound, slow hip-hop inspired grooves, and borrowed classical motifs. The counter melody derived from “In The Hall Of The Mountain King”, works as an almost Dr. Dre style riff, meshed in with distorted guitars, brass and 60’s sounding delays. After years of writing music with nothing more than a pen and a guitar, JAMES CHATBURN has successfully manoeuvred his way into the world of production with the completion of “Damen” in November 2017. The lyrics concentrate on themes of inhibition and body movement while flowing with a more rhythmic emphasis.
Partly recorded in Redbull Studio’s Berlin, the EP blends band style performance and arrangement with electronic beats and synths, forging a rhythmic soulful style, with a lo-fi indie sensibility. Often compared with singers such as John Legend and James Blake, he not only boasts overdriven blues guitar styling’s when performing, but makes use of synthesizers and effects, displaying a dexterity of genre inline with peers such as Jordan Rakei, Gabriel Garzon Montano and Nick Hakim.