It’s been quite a summer for the singer-songwriter from the U.K., who released his debut EP and opened for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in London.
Here’s everything you’d ever want to know and more about James Bay:
NAME: James Bay
HOMETOWN: Hitchin, U.K.
FIRST SONG I KNEW ALL THE LYRICS TO: Probably a Michael Jackson song, like “Man in the Mirror”
GUILTY PLEASURE (MUSIC OR OTHERWISE): Video games. If I ever bought myself a console my songwriting career would be over ha.
PRE-SHOW RITUAL: I don’t really have one. I just like to sit backstage, hang out with friends and just stay chilled before show time.
SONG THAT GETS YOU IN THE MOOD: An old, live version of “Growing Up” by Bruce Springsteen is THE BEST thing to listen to before a show.
ARTIST I WAS OBSSESSED WITH GROWING UP: Michael Jackson. Everything he did was just so electric and exciting. That’s a pretty great introduction to amazing pop songwriting right there.
FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady, on cassette
PLACE I’M MOST CREATIVE: At home. First thing in the morning and late at night have always been good creative times for me.
FIRST TRACK I RECORDED: One of the millions written by myself or with my brother on the ZOOM MRS 8-track recorder that we bought when I was about 13.
Read the full feature to find out what music video James Bay wishes he could live inside and more.