Gavin James, an Irish singer-songwriter, released the acoustic version of his newest single “Boxes” today. James has supported musicians such as Kodaline, Tori Kelly, Sam Smith, and Ed Sheeran on their tours. He also won the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year Award in both 2013 and 2016. We had the chance to talk with Gavin James about his “anti fit-in” single, his inspirations, and his experience through the pandemic.
Beyond the Stage: Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
Gavin James: My grandfather was a comedian/entertainer and was on Irish TV and several stages all his life, so being around him and my older sister who was in gospel choir being a musician was a natural fit for me.
BTS: What are you proudest of?
GJ: To be doing what I love, performing and writing my own music, and to have fans around the world is amazing.
BTS: What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?
GJ: Anything by Bob Dylan I’m a massive fan.
BTS: How has the pandemic affected your creative process?
GJ: At first, I thought I would write about a million songs, but that soon change at the start of the lockdown, I just watched Tiger King and cooked but now I’m back writing!
BTS: Your newest single “Boxes” perfectly describes what it is like to be told to fit in. Do you have any words of the advice the people that feel external pressures to be someone they are not?
GJ: Just don’t let anyone tell you what you should do, do what you love and believe in you! Never wake from your dreams.
BTS: Tell us about the acoustic version of Boxes.
GJ: It’s got the same message but now it’s just a little sadder as it’s a ballad 😁
BTS: If you could say anything to your future fans, what would it be? Do you have any new projects to look out for?
GJ: I have a new EP coming very soon with some new music, so looking forward to that coming out!