Born in London in 1986, James was fed on a steady diet of rhythm and blues from a very early age. This resulted in an early interest in drums and culminated in James getting his first kit and starting lessons at the age of 10 years old.
James started off by playing along to Nirvana and Rage against the Machine and by the age of 14 he had his first taste of playing in a band with some friends at his rugby club. This is where it all started. At one point James was playing in three different local bands.
Thanks to a recommendation from a friend James started playing for North London based band, Damnas. It was at one of these gigs that Anterior bassist James Britton spotted his talent and asked James to audition for Anterior. In late 2009, James found himself behind the drum kit of the Metal Blade signed band and all his hard work finally paid off. During this time James found himself standing in for label mate’s Malefice’s drummer, Chris Allan – Whyte who was away getting married. James played with Malefice in Germany and Poland, adding another big name to his drumming CV.
Anterior toured extensively over the next two years, including the Metal Hammer Razor tour, Sonisphere 2011 and a week in Japan. During this time Anterior also released their long anticipated second album “Echoes of the fallen.”
Following on from these busy two years, Anterior were sadly forced to go their separate ways, playing their final gig in March 2012.
Not one to give up on his dream that easily, together with Anterior bassist, James “Frank” Britton, “Born of Ruin” was created. This new death metal band boasts a cutting adrenaline fuelled edge alongside James’s signature double kick fury combined with crushing groove.
In addition to this new project, James is focusing on updating his YouTube drum channel, giving other drummers and fans a chance to keep up to date with what he is doing with those famous Paiste cymbals!
James is very proud to be a member of the Paiste family being a lifelong player of the cymbals and being inspired by Paiste artists such as Danny Carey, David Silveira and Dave Lomabardo to name but a few.