James Struthers (James Struthers)
James Struthers is a hard working Winnipeg based singer songwriter who's launching his second recording tonight. In the few short years he's been in the music business, he's criss-crossed the country three times to bring his music to the people. He has a plan.
SCENE asked James what it's like being on the road all the time and about his new CD.
You've criss-crossed Canada 3 times on your tours, what keeps you going?
Well, I've been told by so many people that you have to hit them hard and hit them often. To be honest, no matter how grimy it may be, sleeping in a car, eating fast food etc., I love being on the road. Sure, it gets a little lonely when I'm travelling solo, but the people you meet along the way make up for the solo night drives.
What's the most unusual thing that's happened to you on tour?
I think the most unusual thing was at a show in Tollsonburg, Ontario. I got to the venue, asked the bartender who the openers were. I also asked him what genres, and he replied "Ah.... Punk and Post hardcore." I've never been so psyched on music as I was when the other bands (the only patrons of the bar) were singing the chorus of Baby Blues with me. Hah.
What's the one thing you want your audiences to go away with after one of your shows?
A personal experience. I want them to know something about me that they wouldn't have if they hadn't come to the show. I want them to feel like they have a personal connection.
When you perform that perfect show, what's it like?
Un-describable. Thus, there's not much more I can say. It's a crazy mix of self-efficacy, adrenaline and a swelling of other positive emotions... I've never attained that feeling any other way.
You normally perform solo, but if you could have anyone you want in your band, who would it be?
Anyone who's name alone could sell out a venue. It would lift a huge promotional weight off my shoulders...haha!
If you had to recommend one song from the new EP, which would it be and why?
I don't usually play favourites, but likely What Are We Waiting For. Symbolically, it's the most significant song I've ever written. I've always been afraid of commitment, in every facet of my life, but I've never been weary or afraid of committing to music. I'm hoping that this sensibility will leak into other areas of my life.