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!