The Crocodile & Nylon Music Tour Present: POWERS & James Hersey

The Crocodile & Nylon Music Tour Present: POWERS & James Hersey

Nick Leng

Tue · April 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


This event is all ages

James Hersey
Austrian electropop singer-songwriter, producer, and recording artist.

James Hersey grew up as the son of an American teacher and Austrian journalist in Vienna. His interest in music and composition started early and has since grown increasingly diverse and open to new genres. At 9 he played the Cello, at 11 the Drums, and at 13 he received his first electric guitar. In school he sang in choir and started forming bands and jam sessions with his friends in junior high. At 17 he decided to leave High School to study jazz at a private conservatory. There he discovered and honed his talent for songwriting, and produced his first EP. Released with no label, the "James Hersey EP" celebrated it's first radio plays in Austria with "Promises", and earned the attention of a few local clubs and promoters. With his first earnings, James decided to leave home and search for more inspiration overseas. As a sort of "urban gypsy" he spent time in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas, staying with friends or in short-term rentals, writing songs and playing in bars to spread the word about his sound.

When he returned to Vienna in 2012, James produced and released his Mixtape "Twelve", his first foray into electronic production with lyrical and melodic sensibility rooted in a singer-songwriter background. National radio station and early supporter FM4 picked up on the indie-release almost immediately and named James Hersey "Artist Of The Month" in January 2013, landing four tracks in the top 10 of their charts that year. A nomination for the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards opened the door for more opportunities, but the fans and media were hungry for new music. So the summer of 2013 was spent writing and traveling in search of inspiration. A house in Holland, a suitcase studio, and a single-speed bicycle were the ingredients for the next creative phase.

During the Ray Ban Polarized Tour in Germany he met Milky Chance, a band that was just seeing the start of its success, and with whom James immediately connected on a musical and personal level. Milky Chance invited James to join their self-made label-family "Lichtdicht Records", and James agreed to produce his first recordings in their small studio. James' relationship with Lichtdicht and Milky Chance culminated in "Clarity", his self-produced first body of work, which was released in Germany in February 2015.

In March 2015, James supported Milky Chance in the United States and brought his sound home, so to speak. After playing unofficial shows around SXSW years before, James played two official showcases in Austin before kicking off on the sold out support tour that took him all the way up the east coast into Canada, and back around to the US west coast. His live show raised some eyebrows and gained him his first core of fans in the US.

Meanwhile, James' music traveled on its own across the world, in the form of collaborations with artists like Kygo, Dillon Francis, and Filous. As these songs climbed the Hype Machine and the Spotify viral charts, James performed them as a guest at festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza this summer, setting the stage for the next phase of his musical career: a worldwide record deal and his own international headline shows. In September 2015 James signed to Glassnote Records, and is now preparing to release his first studio-produced body of work to the world.
Nick Leng
2017 will see Nick releasing more solo material that builds on the success of his most recent EP, Drivers, which was released through B3Sci Records. He also looks to maintain his unique position as an artist that straddles both the indie and electronic worlds with features that are similar to his latest collaboration with dance recording artist, StéLouse on the single, "Been So Long".
Venue Information:
Chop Suey
1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA, 98122