Buzzworthy Artists: Hayden James Interview

Buzzworthy Artists: Hayden James Interview

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If you’re not already aware, Hayden James is a singer/songwriter and producer from Sydney, signed to the Future Classic imprint. He had his major international break with Something About You last year, and has been touring the world extensively with the likes of Odesza and Ta-Ku ever since. His latest single Just A Lover released last month, and is already at over 2 million streams on Spotify alone. To kick off his latest single, Hayden launched a North America Tour on 10/11 and will be performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/13.

We had a chance to ask Hayden a few questions in a brand new segment called Buzzworthy Artists Performing in NYC. After the interview, turn up the volume and check out his latest single ‘Just A Lover’.

Hayden James

Hayden James

Performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/13

What was the defining moment of your career?

So far it has to be the release of ‘Something About You’. It’s allowed me to play my music all over the world!

When did you first realize “Wow this is really going to go somewhere!”

Over the last two summers I’ve played some of my favorite music festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Coachella, electric forest and roskilde to name a few. Feels like a dream.

What did you spend your first music check on?

New synths and a space pen.

What musicians inspire you?

Daft Punk, Moby, Gorillaz, Pharrell Williams, Tame Impala.

If you could instantly master any instrument, what would it be?


Where did you draw inspiration for your latest single, Just A Lover?

Just a lover is darker than my previous releases. I’m always inspired by love… Almost everything I write comes back to this theme. Just a lover is about transient love – a tension in a relationship that never resolves.

Any new projects coming up that you’re especially excited about?

Gorillaz have an album coming out in 2 weeks which I can’t wait to hear. Also, The XX are back in the studio writing their third album. Big fan of both groups.

When visiting NYC, what do you look forward to the most?

Walking around downtown, getting a haircut at an old school barber shop, and eating at Blue Ribbon Sushi in SOHO.

What’s your favorite drink?

Aperol spritz.


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