James Boston

Multi instumentalist, sound designer, composer, performer

A short musical biography..

Up until the age of 10 I was more interested in videogames and sweets than in music. I do have vague memories of dancing around the living room to a cassette of Michael Jackson's Bad album however. The musicals of Lloyd Webber were also a presence, having been favourites for the end of year show at primary school every year (I remember decorating my music folder as a technicolour dreamcoat for a production of Joseph one year).

 

Queen were the first band that really made me think music was something I'd like to pursue. Incredible levels of musicianship which drew as much from classical technique as from Rock Music really got me. This song in particular made me very excited.....

After working my way through the Queen back catalogue in the early 90s, I took an interest in Bjork, Tori Amos, Radiohead and Bradford's finest, Terrorvision.

As the midninties approached, the explosion of indie bands into the mainstream led me to investigate further the mod/punk/music hall and English influences which groups such as Blur and Pulp drew from. I discovered Ska music in the process. Check out the jogging solo at about 2.20....

The influence of Noel Coward was also clearly present in many bands from this era. The accute social observation, the dry wit, the underlying sense of futility....

This guy helped inform my decision to switch from the guitar to the piano during my college years, by showing me that pianos can be just as angry as guitars some times, theres a few rude words in this song.

My interest in Jazz has grown very slowly and steadily over the years. I've developed an interest over the last few years in Stride Piano style. This was a development of Ragtime music, though with more complexity and an edgier bluesy flavour to it. Incredibly addictive to play, and a real spectacle to observe. The smoking of cigars as you play is optional....

I like musicals as well of course. The Sound of Music, a bit of Sondheim. Heres the best thing I've seen in recent years. Tim Minchin's Matilda, a masterpiece...