James Alphonse – „We Can Do Better“ + Exclusive Interview

1. Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!

I’m a lover of community and culture, who wants to give back to the community that supported me when I was going through a difficult time.

2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

The new single originally was written as a response to James Arthur’s „You Deserve Better“. I recalled hearing it from friends who had been dumped because of the same reason. I always thought „if the relationship really meant anything to you, wouldn’t you just work harder to keep it?“. It lead to realizing how people have viewed objects and even other people as disposable. We literally have an app that can get us anything. Food, alcohol, clothes and even people. To represent this insatiable hunger for more and the unacceptance of ourselves that’s connected to it, I created a video about the relationship struggles of contemporary lovers, wrapped up in social media, new technology and the toxicity that accompanies them. The desire to always have things at the tip of our fingers and to imitate artificial looks, leaves many feeling as if they “can do better,” which has really affected a lot of people’s self-images. Hyper focused on her faults, the heroine of this song constantly insinuates the desire to break it off from the heartbroken protagonist.

As for tour dates, I’d love to say I’m able to do something, but the COVID restrictions shut down my release tour unfortunately. Just waiting for the next opportunity to arise.

3. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

– I love graffiti and art! I have a lot of fun walking around town finding different pieces. My favourite ones are barried in places you wouldn’t expect to find graffiti art, like under highways or in the middle of a hiking trail.

– I had a diagnosis of an illness and the Hamilton community kept encouraging me to come out to play tunes. Without them, I wouldn’t be here making music like I am. They’re amazing people!

– My dream is to give back to my community with my music. I’ve had some ideas, but COVID has made it difficult to follow through on that. If you think of a way I can do that, feel free to message.

– Culture is another big fascination of mine. If you like following people who like to discover cultures from around the world, I can tell you that you’ll get to see lots of that.

– I love all types of music, so you’ll likey hear a variety of styles from me with pop at the center. If you follow me, you’ll be following a daring artistsm, who go out of their comfort zone.

4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

Top Man perhaps? It has a new age appeal, it’s clean cut but is zaney at times. They always try to throw something new in their collections to keep it contemporary, yet unpredictable. It’s also affordable to most. I want my listeners to know that I don’t believe myself to be better or superior, just because I write music. Sometimes artists can have that air to them, but I really want people to know that I could be a friend if we were to meet in person.

5. Do you have bad habits? A guilty pleasure you can’t seem to quit?

I have to watch TV as I go to bed. If I don’t, I think way too much aha.

6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?

I’m not sure you’d call this a talent, but I love to do research. I’m hoping to do my doctorate. I think that learning about people is incredibly rewarding because it allows me to be a better person.

7. Being on stage feels like….!

At first, I definitely get a bit of stage fright, but after a song or two I forget the crowd is even there. I’ve been performing since I was 13 and its gradually become easier to relax on stage. When I’m singing my favourite songs, it’s like I’m just singing to whoever the song was made for. All I can see is their face.

8. Must Have – and No-Go in your Wardrobe! – Favorite Fashion Brand and Fragrance

Must have a button-up collared Ts with wild designs. I live for the summer and relaxation Cool. A no-go would have to be T-shirts with wild designs. I can’t tell you that I honestly know why I like crazy designs on button-up shirts but not on t-shirts. That’s a mystery for future James.

9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

Who has helped you to get to where you are today?

I think that people forget there is usually a team of people who have helped them to get to where there are at a moment in time. We see the song, but not the people who have invested time and money into developing an artists skills. I worked with Tal Vaisman and Andre Kaden Black, my producers (and Tal is my engineer too). I had help with my vocals from Teresa Nocita. She wouldn’t take credit for this, but she really did help me feel like I could use my voice like an instrument. She has an incredibly useful model for teaching vocals that has been central in my growth as a vocalist. I’ve worked with other writers who have helped me to develop my writing abilities including Mark Daum, Andre Kaden Black, Tal Vaisman (Kadeema), Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) and Steven Dall. My family has put up with me singing around the house and my brother has helped me to learn recording software. There are many more people, but I could go on forever about the wonderful people that have supported me. Thanks to you all!

Instagram: @jamesalphonsemusic