One on one with James Barmore, Detroit’s refreshing voice of self-discovery
His album 'Lavender' is a thorough work of art.
Photo: James Barmore
Meet James Barmore - the Ypsilanti, Detroit local who is a captivating act tapping into unconventional and uncomfortable topics through his music and art.
He delves deep into self-awakening, spirituality, the dream-world and more audacious subject matter in between that are bound to raise your frequencies and seem potentially fitting for meditation practices such as Yoga.
Post his soothing project Lavender, the genre bending album that gravitates around R&B, Jazz, Neo-soul, Gospel, and other musical elements, James catches up with REMIXD Magazine on an array of issues.
Find out more about his music, muses, and how he got to this point of Nivarna below:
What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am from Michigan, born in Detroit and raised in Ypsilanti. It’s a small town about 30 mins outside of the city.
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
My artist name is James Barmore. It’s the same as my real name. I’ve gone through a few A.K.A’s via social media but my intention of keeping my real name was to keep transparent about who I am and my art.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
Modern nostalgia, my sound is something that is going to make you feel something. For specifics as far as genre: Soul, R&B, Jazz influences with Gospel roots and inspired by everything else.
What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?
I am passionate about music, because of how it saves me daily, and how it chose me to do some amazing things for the world. What inspires me are my life experiences, lessons, victories, dreams, etc. it’s me telling my life story through an artform.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
Vocally: Luther Vandross, Prince, Sarah Vaughn, Janelle Monae
Production: Moonchild, Neptunes
Writers: Victoria Monet, Miguel, J. Cole
Tell us the name of the project you are currently promoting? What inspired this project?
My current project is called “Lavender”. Lavender was inspired by me going through a purple phase under the guise of really tapping into my 3 eye. Including surrounding ideas from aromatherapy, to musical influences, and the recent 2020 pandemic.
Date that this project dropped or is set to drop?
This project was supposed to be released in august of 2020 but I pulled the project because it wasn’t ready, took another year to work on it and released it September 5th of this year.
What is this project about in your own words?
I had a lot I needed to share and was at the start of a great transition in my life of sorts. I wanted to create this project to help others go on their own journey of self-discovery like I had from my last EP in 2018 until now in 2021.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for? Include some dates if you have them.
Up next, I’m just doing a lot of writing for myself, working on a few projects both musically, and in film as well. I’d say tap in with “2|2 MANY” or” 2|2 MNY” which consists of both myself and my partner Markus Shields. We currently have our single “Finish Him” out now, and more music coming soon.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from this project?
I hope they take away moreover a feeling of just feeling better overall, or find a point of relaxation and peace. We have enough to stress and worry and be anxious about on a daily basis. let this project be your meditation or self care Sunday.
Where can we follow you on social media? Include links.
Stream the Lavender album below: