James Wyatt Crosby is making his debut album. “With what we’ve recorded so far, it feels like I can finally stand behind my music without making excuses about it.” Crosby continues, “I used to hide behind this self-deprecation thing, you know, talking down about myself and my songs, but I think that was me trying to hide how much I really cared—I guess I didn’t want to seem too proud. It’s definitely fun and easy to slip into that sort of negative thought cycle and just say ‘I’m shit! I’m shit! Everything is shit!’ but that gets old pretty quick and it’s way more rewarding to genuinely believe in yourself and to see your ideas as being valid. I don’t doubt myself as much as I used to, I’m less critical that way.”
In January 2017, Crosby left his band Garbagio to pursue his long-held aspirations of completing a full-length album. “I loved playing live with that band. There’s something intensely satisfying about playing bars or house shows where people, even a small group of people, are reacting to something you’re doing. I never thought I’d be able to connect to a crowd like that and those shows and all those people involved in the band and in that little scene had a huge impact on me. They made me feel like I was doing something right.”
“We started recording Twins in February 2017,” he continues. “Before then, I had a mountain of demos for each song, different versions with different instrumentation and in different keys. Twins is like the sum of all those demos.”
“With these songs, we really went down the rabbit hole with each one of them. Working with moon:and:6 (Michael Chambers) as producer was really necessary for me because he’s very meticulous and organized. I’m good at bringing creative ideas to the table, but for this project I needed someone like him to help me get all of those ideas lined up so that the songs fit together as a unit.”
As for the final result, Crosby is a little more tight-lipped on the subject. “I don’t want to say too much, but it’s definitely a really varied album. I wanted all the songs to be really catchy and singable because that’s what I like most about my favourite songs. Each one is about specific personal situations, but I’m excited to hear how other people interpret it.”
James Wyatt Crosby is a multi-genre musician, producer and recording artist from Southern Ontario, Canada. His debut album Twins will be released on Hamilton, Ontario-based label Maisonneuve Music on September 15, 2017.