In the Chair is a regular feature on Eventalaide, highlighting artists from across Australia and occasionally overseas. Everyone gets basically the same questions. It is just meant to be a bit of fun so please treat it as such.
Questions by Geoff Jenke
A diehard lover of all thing’s music, st.james grew up surrounded by pop music videos and listening to the likes of David Bowie and Bob Dylan with her father along the way. Currently based on the Gold Coast after previously working and living in Melbourne for six years, and a stint in Byron Bay in 2021 filming the Netflix series Byron Baes, st.james has repeatedly enamored in 2022 with her optimistic, heartfelt tunes via tracks like Liars and Restless Life. And presenting a fun, mysterious, layered and darkly seductive outing fit for a futuristic kingdom on her new single Aquarius.
less than 50 words describe your music, your band (if applicable) and yourself.
I am a pop songwriter and I make honest, dark, fun pop music. I’d lived a thousand lives and write about what I’ve experienced, what I’ve seen and what I know. I am a hopeless romantic and love love.
What was the first record you bought with your own money and where from?
I bought the single ‘I love rock n’ roll’ by Britney Spears. It was $2.50 from Sanity and I was obsessed. It came with the official instrumental track so my poor Mum and sister had to endure me rehearsing it in the living room for months.
or 90’s Music:
That is a tough one because so many of my influences, favourite artists and albums come from the 80’s but 90’s music was where I first found my true passion for music. So, I gotta go 90’s
music are you currently listening to?
A mixed bag, actually. I have been listening to Doja Cat this week, but also Simon and Garfunkel when I want to wind down.
Best live artist/band you’ve seen:
Elton John was probably the most impressive. I saw him in Sydney in 2012 and was sat up front. I just cried the whole time! His performance was so effortless.
“In the mood for love” song:
There’s actually a Julie London song I’m obsessed with right now called ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’. It’s the first song on a Spotify playlist I created called ‘A Lovey Mood’. How coincidental is that?! Or if I want something a little dirtier it’s definitely gotta be L$D by A$AP ROCKY
favourite Saturday night party record?
Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts
favourite Sunday morning chill out record?
I have a playlist called essential classical piano and I listen to it when I want to be calm and every time I go on a plane, especially long-haul flights. It saved me when I flew to London last time.
song do you wish you had written?
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have, but I have it – Lana del Rey
Daltry once said “Rock N Roll has no future”. Do you agree with him?
Well, he is right and he is wrong. The style of Rock N Roll music The Who produced has no place in today’s charts, sounds evolve with the times. Modern RnR sounds so different, and even so it has a niche audience. Occasionally it finds its way onto the charts. So, it isn’t necessarily dead. I always find it amusing when older generations throw shade on music now, without realising their parents did the same thing when they were young. The music of their generation sounds familiar and it’s natural to be protective of that. A lot of incredible music came from the 20th century but I do not believe the best music made is behind us.
CD or Streaming?
I would love to say I listen to vinyl but I don’t have a record player! I love the sound when it’s played in the living room (my grandmother has one, they’re the best) but for practical reasons, it’s streaming for me.
you could record or play live with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
100% Bowie. I’d make a set list of a bunch of my favourite album tracks that would probably not interest anyone but me
is the most useless talent you have?
I can ask you for a Gummybear in German
finest recorded moment?
Getting to sing on Byron Baes. It was a surreal moment when the show dropped, to have people all over the world message me saying how much they loved hearing me sing.
is your musical hero and what one question would you ask them?
Axl Rose. And I would ask him to marry me.
peacefully on your death bed, what song would you like to hear?
Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac
on a desert island for a year and can only take three albums. What would they
David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
Lana del Rey – Norman fucking Rockwell
Halsey – If I can’t have love I want power
all time movie:
you drove an ice cream van, what music would you play?
I‘d make a bubblegum pop playlist. It would start with Malibu by Kim Petras.
show you have ever played in your career:
The Espy, iconic venue in Melbourne. Before it was renovated. It was dark, dingy and dirty. Oh, and freezing! But so much fun.
backstage incident that makes you laugh?
It’s not so interesting but in my old band, my manager, who knew I have an aversion to sharing water bottles (mouth stuff gives me the icks) used to wind me up by asking me for my water all the time. It sounds really silly, but we’d always kind of raz on each other. We’d tell our drummer there were pretty girls in the audience talking about him and watch him show off on stage, not knowing we were making it up.
Young or Paul McCartney?
I love Paul McCartney but I listen to Neil Young more. Harvest Moon is one of my favourite songs ever.
is the nicest person in Rock n Roll at the moment?
Paul McCartney is a sweetheart. I’ll go with him.
What do you hope the next 12 months hold for you?
I can’t wait to share some more music with everyone. And then play some shows!
A sultry, dark and immersive adventure lies in wait on Aquarius, aka the brand new single from luminous alt-pop artist st.james. Officially billowing out into the world today, Aquarius marks a stylistic shift for st.james from her earlier work; but it’s ultimately a stunning and welcome deviation, bustling with futuristic hues as well as a smattering of st.james’ more vintage trademark flair.
Aquarius crawls and undulates with glossy production and immersive layers, with st.james effortlessly sweeping and skipping vocally amongst hip hop, electronic and alt-pop undertones. Polished, poised and oozing with charisma, st.james emerges with the ultimate sonic glow-up via her new track, nodding to both the past and present simultaneously.
st james explains, “I listened to a lot of The Beatles when I was writing this, Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band! I think I also subconsciously got the intensity of the vocals from listening to Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power album as well. But I wanted it to feel futuristic, with a little hint of some vintage energy”.
Aquarius out now.