I’ve known Tim Booth and Jim Glennie from James for a very long time and watched them over the years become a band that has sold over 25 million albums, including releasing no less than eight albums on Universal Music. Jim was recently kind enough to let me do an interview with him and I sketched out the following questions

  1. When did you first start writing and playing music?
  2. What was the Manchester scene like in 1980s and who was most on your radar and why?
  3. How big an influence was Tony Wilson on the Manchester scene?
  4. How did you first meet Tim Booth and what were your first impressions?
  5. How did you come to work with Brian Eno and what was the experience like?
  6. You’ve played alongside some major artists over the years, what have been the best, worst and strangest experiences?
  7. What makes for a great song and what whose music have you loved the most over the years?
  8. What are the 3 biggest myths about being in a major band and the music industry?
  9. How has Spotify and streaming affected artist income and overall are the effects positive or negative?
  10. If you could go back in time knowing what you know now, what message would you send back to your younger self?

We filmed the interview and will be releasing the footage via Green Eyed Records in the near future.

Jim Glennie from James
Discussions with Jim Glennie founder member of James

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