James TW talks touring with Shawn Mendes and his First Impressions EP

Yeah so we're obsessed

Most Popular

If you've been lucky enough to catch Shawn Mendes on tour this time round, you might just have found a new fave popstar-type in the form of James TW. Remember, that guy we were ranting and raving about recently? He's 18, his debut EP First Impressions is out rn and, yeah, we're all sorts of obsessed.

ANYWAY, since we're so heavily invested in the fella we thought we'd go along to his first proper headline show at London's O2 Academy Islington and TRACK HIM DOWN. We had permission and everything, like. We didn't just stalk the poor fella. That's probably illegal or something.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Most Popular

Yup - just before James hit the stage we hung out in his little backstage area and had a chat about everything from the Shawn tour to his own plans for 2016. Wanna know what went down (oi oiii)? Avert your eyes below, then. We spent a long time typing this up.

'Ello, James. How's this Shawn tour treating you?

It's an amazing experience. I was a performer before; I was a drummer. Performing was my first love and I'm becoming better because I'm playing every evening in front of a different crowd.

.

As a support act it's kind of harder than being the headliner, 'cos you have to sell yourself and I'm figuring out ways to do that.

So how did you guys end up becoming BFFs?

I'd heard of Shawn but didn't know he knew of me. I was in New York meeting up with labels and Shawn just tweeted me out of nowhere to his gazillion followers saying 'I really like your stuff,' then he DM'd me and asked if I wanted to meet up.

He's from Canada, I'm from London and I didn't think it was ever gonna happen; but we were both in Manhattan at the same time and did meet up. I played for him, then he brought in his label team and I ended up signing to the same label as Shawn.

It was literally from the one tweet, and now I'm on the tour.

Amazing. Your EP's called First Impressions, but what do you want people's first impression of you to be?

I just want to get people engaged and stop them in their tracks a tiny bit like 'this kid's eighteen years old and he's writing songs about divorce and relationships.' I just want them to be inspired if their guitarists, songwriters or singers. I want to motivate people.

So @jamestwmusic's killing it at his first headline show 💖🙌🏼

A video posted by Sugarscape (@sugarscaper) on

What else have you got planned for 2016 then, Jimbob?

I'm recording new music in June in LA, that'll come out later this year. Then I'm gonna do the American tour with Shawn; so loads more dates and people to play in front of. Then I want to do my own tour around Europe and that takes us to December, which is kinda crazy.

And finally, James, how would you describe your sound to someone who's never listened before?

It's really traditionally singer-songwriter with some electric guitar and jazz and blues thrown in, I'd say.

What d'ya make of that, then? Checked out James's stuff? Tweet us over @sugarscape and like us on Facebook after the vid below, please and ta very much.

RELATED STORIES:

James TW
GIF
Related Article
Shawn Mendes
GIF
Related Article

What do you think?

Music
Share
10 of the best bits from 5SOS's SLFL tour diary Part 8
​Wow, too much Malum to physically handle
Harry Styles for Another Man
Music
Share
Harry Styles talks going solo, One Direction and surviving fame
​In a chat with Paul McCartney for Another Man, nbd
Gig review: McFly's Anthology Tour hits London's O2 Forum for night one
Music
Share
Gig review: McFly's Anthology Tour hits London's O2 Forum
​Was it any good or nah?​​
The 1975
Music
Share
The 1975 are gonna cover One Direction again. Yaaas.
​Forget that 'Change Your Ticket' drama, folks
Little Mix
Music
Share
Leigh-Anne Pinnock's mum basically confirms Little Mix's new single title
​Oh we all knew, didn't we?
Harry Styles Another Man reactions
GIF
Music
Share
The internet reacts to Harry Styles' Another Man covers
Thoughts and feelings GALORE​
Music
Share
STOP LITERALLY EVERYTHING and look at Harry Styles' first solo mag covers
​SOLO HAROLD IS RISING
Little Mix and Ariana Grande
Music
Share
Does this mean we're getting a Little Mix and Ariana Grande collab?
​Er YES PLEASE
Music
Share
QUIZ: Which One Direction lyric sums up your life rn?
​​We reckon we know​
Louis Tomlinson
Music
Share
Louis Tomlinson hangs out with that girl band he's managing
When are they launching though please​