James Vincent McMorrow: Episode 117


James Vincent McMorrow took time out of recording his much-anticipated third studio album to meet Jarlath in London to talk about his journey from years of writing in isolation to receiving worldwide critical acclaim. James talks about the unorthodox vocal training that he received, the impact Higher Love had on his career, how his sensitive disposition has shaped his decisions, battling his insecurities and how online critique is not as positive as it used to be.


We get a fascinating insight into his true musical inspirations which are not grounded in the folk background as is often mistakenly portrayed by the media. James expresses his frustrations with being compared to Bon Iver and explains what he believes is the secret to creative longevity. This up close and personal chat also sees him open up about his regrets, why he sabotaged a publishing deal with EMI, how living in London toughened him, how his drinking caused him to not remember one of the biggest shows of his career while also giving an emotional account of the support he received from Tony Fenton.


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