Singer songwriter James Edgar is set to showcase his new material this week.
Fresh from summer sessions at Blackpool’s Rock Hard Recording Studios, he’s debuting new tracks - live and stepping out for the first time with his new backing band.
Playing by yourself restricts you in terms of what you can do, like playing at the Switch-On, a 10-minute acoustic set didn’t necessarily show what I can doJames Edgar
James spent more than two weeks working with friend and mentor Danny Wilkin, of chart-topping band Rixton, when he returned to his hometown for a brief break in their touring and performance schedule.
Best known for his acoustic pop covers, James met Danny through musical contacts in Blackpool and they soon set to writing tracks.
While working with other musicians and collaborating in writing were new skills for James, it was also a first for Danny has he has produced all eight tracks.
“I first met Danny back in about October last year, and when we eventually got into the studio in August, we quickly decided the sounds we were writing and what I was working towards,” James said.
“As a producer, we got on well too and had musical chemistry when we all got together. We were in the studio for 14 or 15 hours some days, had a 6am finish on the last day.
“The eight songs we’ve come up with I feel they very strongly represent who I am and what I want to be.”
James will be recognised by those who attended this year’s Illuminations Switch-On concert or 2014 Lytham Proms, where he performed as winner of Fylde’s Got Talent.
The former Kirkham Grammar School pupil and Lytham resident is also a regular at the Beach House on Blackpool Promenade.
While he’s built up his name as a solo artist he’s enjoying the freedom which working with other musicians gives.
“Playing by yourself restricts you in terms of what you can do, like playing at the switch on, a 10-minute acoustic set didn’t necessarily show what I can do,” James said.
“Even playing Lytham Proms last year, I had a set of six or seven songs and only played one of my own works, as you haven’t got the time to really get people on board - so covers work better then.”
The new music showcase will take place on Thursday, at rising music venue Bootleg Social on Topping Street.
“Thursday’s going to be cool - it’s a great venue, where you can get a couple of hundred people in and it will feel busy,” he added.
“It’s going to be nice to show the music off as I’m not going to be releasing it anytime soon. We’re not sure exactly how it’s going to work best for release, whether as an EP or something else.
“I’m hoping for a university tour in the new year, then maybe a proper tour in support of an EP, which might or might not include the music we’ve recorded.”
Doors open 8pm, with support from Kiings.