James Bay has quickly made his mark as one of the industry’s up and coming singer-songwriters. Singles like “Let It Go” and “Hold Back the River” — both with over 200 million streams on Spotify — has solidified that among fans and many critics.
Looking to follow up the success of his debut album, Chaos and the Calm, Bay has some simple ideas to further progress his artistry and the main ingredient is “more energy.”
“I’d like even more energy,” says Bay. “I’d like to grab a sort of piece of what we do on stage. The album doesn’t sound the same as how it comes across on stage and live with my whole band. I’d like some more of that raucous energy from the live show.”
For those unfamiliar with Bay’s live show, watch him perform “Hold Back the River” live (it was Halloween and Bay was dressed as a skeleton *SPOOKY*).
Sonically, Bay has plans to make his sound bigger; lyrically is a whole different story.
“No,” Bay succinctly replies when asked if he has a clear idea for the direction his songwriting will take. “That’s the greatest thing about it. It would be a bit strange if I had a clear idea; if I sort of saw what the end looked like. That’s not as exciting as the journey of writing new music, making new music, and recording new music.”
“It’s about the journey,” says Bay.
“Oh, that’s a bit deep, isn’t it?”
James Bay will be in New York City to perform at Radio City Music Hall on September 30th. Get your tickets now (there aren’t many left).