Quick Q&A: James Mackenzie

Having been making music as a solo artist for six years now, prior to which he was in the band Aquascene, James Mackenzie is now receiving plenty of acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing and XFM and has supported Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble and Midge Ure.

With an EP set for release in August, Mackenzie creates emotion strewn tracks filled with charming guitar melodies and reflective lyrics. We caught up with James to find out a little more…

Hi James, please introduce yourself:
My name is James Mackenzie. I’m a 28 year old singer/songwriter from Inverness in Scotland.

What got you into song-writing and performing?
I have to say, I think it was my dad. He was always playing albums to me. I picked up the guitar and wanted to be like the dudes my dad was playing me on the records.

What is your usual song-writing process?
I go through phases. I start by getting a good hook on the guitar. Then write some lyrics and create a melody for them. I then send the demos to my co-writer, who’s based in Glasgow, and he adds his talents to it.

Who are your biggest musical and non-musical influences?
My biggest influences are Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Ray LaMontagne, Charlie Simpson and my family.

What’s the message behind your new EP, Winter?
Don’t let the less important things in life drag you down.

What’s the plan after this release?
Go out and do some shows, write some more and get back into the studio – my second home.

Where can we find you online?
Head to my Facebook page.


Huge thanks to James for answering our questions! 

Winter, James Mackenzie’s upcoming EP, is out 3 August via Tornface Music.

Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Editor, London. Likes: Kathleen Hanna, 6Music, live music in the sunshine. Dislikes: Sexism, pineapples, the misuse of apostrophes.