James takes the tough road


One-man band Graeme James is changing things up.

The Wellingtonian, known for his loop cover sets, is playing The Sherwood next week and will focus on original tracks.

The transition hasn’t been easy but he reckons the response from crowds across New Zealand has been positive.

Not one for playlists, his performance is usually off the cuff and depends on the reaction of the crowd to various tunes. He’s pretty excited to play his original music to a Queenstown audience.

“There’s a self-expression element to it. In a way if you are playing only covers it does limit you. It is tougher to get out there and do original music. I’ve been writing songs for years but it’s a little bit more exposing playing your own stuff. You don’t always get the same reaction than if you are playing something that everyone already knows.”

The inspiration for his music comes from life experience. He’s written teenage angst songs – and then grew up. He also tells stories about friends or pinched ideas from other songs.

James loves performing and reckons he was born “a little bit of a show pony” – something he says definitely helps him on stage.

He’s just released his first original single Alive and plans to get back into the studio to record more tracks in the New Year for an upcoming album.

Graeme James plays The Sherwood, December 30, 8.45pm. R18. Tickets $20.