Interview with James Stordy
James Stordy, Manchester, UK is an award winning songwriter, composer and collaborator. His main instruments are guitar and piano. He also plays the violin and banjo. He has won a couple of awards and been nominated for awards on his co-writing projects . He has had his instrumental music used for T.V, Radio, Online, adverts and short films.
Please tell us about the genre of songwriting and composing that you’re quite passionate and comfortable about.
My Favourite genres of writing are pop, pop/rock, pop/country and adult contemporary and for my composing mainly flamenco, classical and minimalist solo piano work and orchestral genres.
How songwriting and composing related to each other?
They can at times cross over each other, there has been instances where i started to write a song and it was better suited to an instrumental and vice-versa.
What sort of environment helps you best to write songs and compose music?
It can vary, sometimes it can be a trip abroad to another country and be inspired by the music of that country or meeting people from there. Sometimes it can be watching a film or hearing a score from a film and be inspired to write something inspired by it.
Please tell us about the awards that you’ve won so far.
I have won a Global Music Award (Rock), American Songwriting award (Rock) and x2 nominated for a Hollywood music in media award (HMMA’S) ( this year the event is being held November 2016 so potentially could win this year) the nomination is for a song i co-wrote called yesterdays with Andrew Capra, it has been nominated in the pop category. Last years nomination was in the Adult contemporary category (AAA) for the Ballad Unafraid also co-written with Andrew Capra.
As a music lover, who are your favorite musicians and why?
My favourite musicians and songwriters’s are Ryan Adams, His music has been such a big inspiration to me and also the goo goo dolls. When i first heard ‘iris’ being sung i knew i has to start writing songs that people could sing to and connect with the way that ‘iris’ did with me.