Rich James is a songwriter, musician and producer from the West Midlands in the UK.
Born in 1974, Rich grew up surrounded by music played by his older brother and sister which captivated him from an early age. Growing up listening to John Lennon, The Beatles, John Denver, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Shakin’ Stevens he quickly developed a diverse musical taste.
He formed his first band, Havamal+, at Junior School when he was 8 years old. This progressed into Havamal and later Spellweaver when he was 15. These bands regularly performed at school concerts. Bands NCA, Magic Happens and Sona followed through his late teens and early twenties where Rich was the lead singer and main lyricist.
In 2001, Rich suffered a breakdown and battled for the next nine years with mental health problems which lead to him being registered disabled. However, with support from friends and family, and a great team of medical professionals, Rich was able to dust himself off and continue with life in a reasonably ‘normal’ fashion.
Rich spent a great deal of time in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s experimenting with writing electronic dance style music at home and recorded a couple of CD’s for friends and family. This lead to the release of his first proper album available for download worldwide, again in the electronic dance music genre, called ‘Sex Angels’ in mid 2010 and the accompanying ‘Life Sentence EP’. ‘After The Dawn’ followed in early 2011.
In February and March of 2011, the UK television network which covers Channel 5, 5USA and 5* used Rich’s track ‘Infectious Sunshine’ to back a trailer for comedy programmes on their channel 5*. In February 2012 the Channel 4/E4 drama ‘Skins’ featured a remix of Rich’s track ‘Hypno-ties’ in episode 6 of series 6. In September 2011 'LS10' featured in an episode of the Channel 4 soap opera 'Hollyoaks'
In June 2012, Rich formally registered his record label and publishing company – Pink Dolphin Music Ltd – to handle his creative output.
Listening to many off-beat rock acts such as Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, James and Billy Bragg, Rich approaches Deep Tech House, Techno and Hip-Hop from a different angle. This results in the unique, slightly skewed-from-the-norm sounds of the music of Rich James.