Today we are pleased to announce our first finalist from our song writing competition – James Holt from Bolton.
Who are the inspirations for your music?
I think the Beatles are good. Bob Dylan’s awesome. Thom Yorke and Radiohead are great. And Miles Davis is king. They’re my favourite composers/songwriters.
How long have you been involved in music?
Piano, Guitar, Cello and I sing (a bit).
I play guitar and sing in two rock bands outside of university where we perform at venues around the Bolton/Manchester area. I’m also in a jazz quintet outside of university where I play piano. Within the university I play in range of ensembles: string quartet (cello), contemporary music group (cello), big band (piano), and two rock ensemble bands (guitar and vocals). I am a volunteer at RockIt! Bolton and I am grade 8 on guitar, grade 8 cello, grade 8 music theory and grade 7 classical piano.
What is your favourite type of music?
I listen to the best of everything, whether it’s Jazz, ‘Classical’, Rock, Folk, Blues, Motown, Funk or Electronic music.
When asked about where he’d like to in 5 years he was currently undecided and he stated a number of different things; a session musician, a film/TV composer or even a teacher, were some of his choices.
You can find James and his music here:
Check back throughout the week to catch the other 4 finalists!