Singer-songwriter Gavin James has been busy recording his debut UK EP, which is available for pre-order now, but the recent announcement that he’ll be supporting Ryan Keen on his extensive tour throughout October signals big things in store for the 21 year old. Gavin has spent much of the last few years playing gigs in Dublin but it seems as if the rest of the world are finally becoming aware of his sheer talent, following his cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky (above). Earlier this year he joined the much loved Kodaline on their sell out UK tour and he’s shared the stage with the likes of Marina and the Diamonds but his music career is really just beginning. We caught up with Gavin to chat about musical influences, Counting Crows, Scrubs and his dream to play at Madison Square Garden.
Describe your music in one sentence.
Gavin: A little bit souly, singer songwriter, jumpy and raw.
Who are your musical influences?
Gavin: I love all the oldies, love the likes of Sam Cooke and Etta James. My Dad got me into Bob Dylan when I was younger so he’s one of the main influences and the reason I wanted to learn guitar in the first place.
What do you think is the best album ever written?
Gavin: In my opinion This Desert Life by Counting Crows is. I found the CD in my Dads car that he had just bought when I was 15 and we had no idea who it was because there was no name on the CD. Eventually we found out it was Counting Crows and it has been on every iPod or iPhone I’ve ever had. I have the lyrics of Colorblind tattooed on my arm, it’s my favourite album of all time.
What’s been your best gig so far?
Gavin: I did a gig this year in the Academy – it was the biggest headline gig I’ve ever done and I was in awe of the audience. It was such a great gig to play and I ended up in the crowd mid set.
If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?
Gavin: I’d love to duet with Lianne La Havas. I think her voice is incredible.
What TV show would you like to hear your music featured on?
Gavin: Scrubs. I’ve got so much good music from that show, and others like it, over the years and I would love for one of my tunes to make it in!
Where in the world do you most want to perform ?
Gavin: I’m heading over to New York in October and ever since I was little I’ve wanted to go there. I’d love to play Madison Square Garden someday, that would be a mad experience.
What’s your fondest musical memory?
Gavin: That would have to be when I did my first ever couple of gigs in the UK supporting Ingrid Michaelson. I played with her once in Dublin and was a little star struck being such a big fan. The best memory was playing in Union Chapel in London on that tour, as it was one of the best venues I’ve ever had the chance to play. I also got to duet with Ingrid which was cool.
What are you listening to right now?
Gavin: I’m listening to a lot of Frank Ocean at the minute. Also some new Irish acts… loving the new songs Hudson Taylor are bringing out and there’s this new guy called ‘Hozier’ who I met the other day and I was blown away by his voice. I have his new EP already.