World-Funk-Rhythm& Blues 1
Ian James is a 29 year-old independent musician from Lowell MA. U.S.A. Ian writes and records original music that spans multiple genres including electronica, blues, world, funk, rock, and hip-hop. His influences include Jimi Hendrix, Beck, Moby, Fela Kuti, Groove Armada, Bob Marley, Thievery Corporation, Robin Trower & Roy Buchanan to name a few. Ian has been playing music since the young age of eleven, when he began playing guitar, trying to emulate his idol Jimi Hendrix. A three year stint as a bass player for a metal-punk band in the 1990's taught Ian more about the music lifestyle, such as playing clubs on the east coast, opening for national acts (Geffen's Warrior Soul, and Capital's Thanks to Gravity), and working within the studio, where his then band self produced four EP's. Now on his own, Ian wears many hats, as the sole writer and performer in his own studio. Along with friends such as producer Doug Johnston, and singers NeNe, and Angela Pirotta, Ian assembled a collection of songs that clearly demonstrate the direction he's heading. Positive messages with toe tapping, booty shaking, house grooving beats, rhythms, and melodies. In June 2005, five of Ians songs appeared as background music in the television series 'Urban Explorers' which aired on the Discovery Channel. Several of those tracks also appear on Ians debut CD titled 'World-Funk-Rhythm & Blues Vol.1' Ian is currently hard at work in the studio writing more songs with film and tv placements in mind, and also working on his follow up album, tentatively titled 'Techno-Funk-Rhythm & Blues Vol.2'.