Review Fix chats with It’s Karma It’s Cool Frontman James Styring, who discusses the band’s origin, goals and new single, “Coffee Cup Circles.”
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
James Styring: I grew up listening to my parent’s record collection, so music was part of my life from an early age. I joined my first bands at school, and have always been involved in music in some way since then.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Styring: Martyn (Bewick, guitarist) and Mikey (Barraclough, bassist) will send over a bunch of guitar ideas, I’ll write to the ones that grab me, adding melody and lyrics. We’ll normally get together with Danny (Krash, drums) in the studio and work on the arrangements.
Review Fix: What inspires you?
Styring: It’s hard to pick one particular subject, as ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. I write about life and everything that comes along with living in this modern world. There’s plenty of inspiration in there.
Review Fix: What does music mean to you?
Styring: I can’t really imagine a life without it. Once it’s in your blood, it’s with you for good.
Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?
Styring: We often get asked what kind of music we make. We don’t write to a formula; we allow the ideas to go where they want to. We write melodic, guitar-driven, emotive rock/pop. We’ve been called indie, power pop, alternative rock, and a whole lot more. We’d like people to enjoy the music for what it is, not which category it falls into. As long as people are listening and connecting with our music, we don’t really mind what they call us.
Review Fix: How are your live shows different from your studio work?
Styring: We always try to take the songs some place else when playing them live, if the crowd are really into it, and we’re feeling it, they come alive and become something bigger than the recorded versions. If we do our job right, there’s a connection between audience and band, and an electricity that we all create together.
Review Fix: What inspired your latest single?
Styring: A failed relationship. Being left behind with nothing but their coffee cup circles. And a broken heart.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2021?
Styring: We have a new album coming out, ‘Homesick For Our Future Destinations’ on Friday 5th November, once again on the Kool Kat Musik label. We’ve been locked away in the studio working hard and recording our best songs to date. We hope people will enjoy them.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Styring: Promoting the new songs and album, rehearsing for forthcoming live shows.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Styring: You can find our music on bandcamp