Garston music artist, songwriter and producer James Root is making moves in the music industry.
His hits on Spotify have been streamed well over 10,000 times in total; his favourite of which has had airtime on Watford’s Vibe 107.6.
The Kingswood Estate resident, who is just 20 years old, produces, writes melodies, writes lyrics and often sings in his own tracks.
He said: “I’ve been properly producing for two years now but before that I was making my own tracks and keeping them to myself, trying to improve myself.
“I taught myself how to play piano and guitar at around 12 or 13, I had guitar lessons at the Orbital Community Centre in Watford when I was younger too, which helped.”
James spent his school years at St Michael’s Catholic High School, and said that his friends in the area are not his only fans.
He said: “My friends and family in the area are really supportive and take interest in my music, but you find fans crop up in all different areas.
“I speak to different producers in different areas and we kind of bounce ideas off of each other and they provide new perspectives.”
James’s music is a real mix – his hits, such as Hope and Pray and For You, are dance-based tracks, whereas his latest song, Grey Skies, features Maya Miko and falls into the hip-hop genre.
The animal management student said: “I don’t really have specific inspirations or genres, I like everything. I just make the music that I want to make and the kind of music that I want to be listening to.”
You can listen to James’s music on Spotify by searching ‘James Root’ and go to @jamesrootmusic on Twitter to keep up with his journey in the music industry.
Picture courtesy of James Root Music