JMC Academy student James Seymour (Feelds) is currently taking part in the Bank of Melbourne competition
and is one of 12 finalists in the running to win a whole heap of amazing prizes including; 2 days of recording at Sing Sing Studio, a Film clip by Oh Yeah Wow, Album artwork & CDs, Publicist, radio plugger, manager, booking agent & mentor and the Song featured in a Bank of Melbourne ad!
His song 'Unstable Boy' is about realising a bigger picture. Inspiration stemmed from the dire wolf character in TV series 'Game of Thrones'. We caught up with him to find out more...
So tell us more about the Bank of Melbourne you are currently competing in!
Melbourne Music Bank is a comp run by Bank of Melbourne, giving local artists an opportunity to kick start their music venture or project. I was lucky enough to make the Top 12, who perform next Friday 11th Sep in the Arts Centre Forecourt. The Top 4 (as voted on by the public) will then do a final show before the judges and a winner is announced. Fingers crossed as it's a fantastic opportunity!
How did you come up with the stage name ‘Feelds’?
'Feelds' is basically Feels and Fields smashed together. I tend to write a lot of stuff about wilderness and things like that, so an open field is something very appealing to me visually.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
Ideally, I'll be 3 or 4 albums in, coming off a World Tour with Volcano Choir & I'm about to bunker down in my Alaskan log cabin to record my next hit haha. Realistically, I have no idea what to expect, but it's all exciting to me so I love letting everything just happen - surprises are best left unsaid anyway!
How has JMC academy helped you?
Above all, and obviously apart from completing an Audio Engineering Degree, the people I have met, learnt from, grown and worked with through networking will definitely be the biggest thing I take away from my time at JMC. I have met so many great people who share a similar passion and are eager to help out in any way.
What advice would you give to other students?
Do what you love. I've tried to push other projects too hard, a lot of the time in unwanted directions for one reason or another and ended up in undesired situations, leaving me both extremely disappointed and deflated. If you are enjoying what you are doing, I believe that if you stick at it, there will be enough honesty and passion that shines through your work to be noticed and appreciated.
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