James Bakian

FRESH: ‘Don’t You Like That?’ – James Bakian

James Bakian asks “Don’t You Like That?”

London singer-songwriter and producer James Bakian is no ordinary 16 year old, he writes, records, mixes and masters all his own music and this all started with the release of his first song, “You’re Gone”, in 2016 when he was just 12. Since then he hasn’t stopped making music. He now has over 30 original songs and many more, including covers of songs by his favourite artists on YouTube.

His passion for music spans several genres from pop to lofi to R&B and he’s always got new material he’s working on and genres he’s experimenting with. The late XXXTentacion, who James believes achieved so much in such a short time, has been a strong influence as have Charlie Puth, Maroon 5, Bazzi and Justin Bieber to mention just a few. His tracks have been played on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing show and he’s been a Featured Artist on Gary Crowley’s BBC Introducing Radio London show.

His new single, “Don’t You Like That?” is out today and James talked to us recently about it. “The hook was largely inspired by Khalid. I imagined him singing the hook to help me write the melody. Giveon has also been aninspiration in the R&B style of this ‘Don’t You Like That’. My voice is also baritone like him and the smooth romantic vibe remindsme of his music. The song is very romantic and good for setting the perfect mood with that special someone”.

James writes songs on emotive issues like depression, anxiety and suicide as well as the more usual topics of love and heartbreak. He has played at 110Above Festival, performed at gigs at Zigfrid Von Underbelly in Hoxton and the Fiddler’sElbow in Camden. In fact, James has a funny instance when…”I was performing live at a gig once and using my phone for the backing tracks and my grandmother called right in the middle ofone of the songs. I was mortified but the audience loved it when I had to stop singing to talk to her!”.

With his talent and commitment to writing and producing good music and his passionate, melodic voice, you’re going to want to keep coming back for more!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!