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James Yuill, a gift to Amurika on the Fourth of July



James Yuill is an interesting musician in today's world, making the most of the electronics available to us now- and doing so with a fair level of honest emotion (think Nick Drake) that is absent from a lot of other's work. He's sort of an old school singer-songwriter in a way, but upgraded for the current age. He's worth listening to, and not only is he a gifted artist in his own right but also works pretty well as a remixer.


Here's him remixing the Answering Machine:  





Here's him on his own:





Andddd here's him answering a few questions with me:




What are you up to currently? You just played in a festival, correct?

James:  That's right. I played two on Friday. Hop Farm and then Blissfields. (Prince played at Hop Farm on  the Sunday so I returned to see him...amazing! Apart from that I don't really have many festivals this year. I'm writing at the moment so expect an album soon(ish) 


How do you respond/what do you make of the label "folktronica?" (people seem to use that a lot with you)


James:  Well when I first started it kind of applied to my music. I've always maintained that my songs aren't that folk and my beats are heavier than the word 'electronica' would imply.
I'd prefer to be known as a dance act (with a bit of heart.)


You remix a lot for different artists. What have your been favorite remixes that you've worked on?

I've just done one recently for One Sixth Of Tommy. A lovely track called For Always. I'm most proud of that remix as it's my most recent, but I've also recently remixed Fenech-Soler and Trophy Wife. 


Are there any musicians you'd like to remix that you haven't yet?

James:  Thom Yorke/Radiohead would be great. Death Cab For Cutie or Phoenix. I'm not fussy! 

What are your plans for the near future?


James:  Like I said before, it's more writing and recording. Plus I'm figuring out how I can improve my live set... 




he's a very nice guy (obviously) with a lot of talent (and more than a bit of heart?)- so look forward to that new album and also keep tabs on a Radiohead remix, someday. I'd like to hear it!




* Uffie played that festival too. I just didn't want to say anything.

www.jamesyuill.com

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  1. Cool and interesting post.
    James Yuill is absolutely an interesting artist.
    The emotion that comes out of his songs is great.
    I love this one too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F25ZjdQaG0

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  2. thanks Vlad! he's very underrated. nice pick :)

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