FYIG Chats With Synth-Wave Artist Missing Words

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, first, my name is James Meays and I live in Long Beach, California with my wife Betty.

How did you get your start in music?

I started playing music when I was in 8th grade in band class playing the trumpet. But I quickly traded in the trumpet in for a guitar when I met another student who was willing to help me learn. Once my parents noticed I was dedicated to learning more, they hired me a private guitar teacher who taught me for about two years. From there I played in bands throughout and after high school. I didn’t really get into using synths in my music until I was about 20, I always played a little keyboard but was never too serious about it. As the bands I performed in fell apart, I started to record music by myself and that’s when I started to incorporate synths/keyboards into my music which led to the sound of Missing Words.

How would you describe your musical style?

I grew up listening to bands like Bloc Party, Sonic Youth, The Postal service, and the Smashing Pumpkins, this is where I feel I have gotten some of my guitar style. I also have a love for 80’s music like Depeche Mode, New Order, Tears for Fears etc. I believe this had lead me to make a crossover style of the two sounds I grew up listening to.
 

Tell us a little bit about your latest single, “Moment To Moment”.

 
Moment To Moment is the first single for the upcoming 9 track LP the song is an amalgamation of loss, conquering fears, love, and depression, and striving to change for the better.
 
The video for the track stars and was written by Tristan Peach. How did you enjoy working with him?
 
Tristan was amazing to work with and was full of great ideas throughout the filming of the video, as well as his co-star Raven. Tristan proved his dedication to his ideas in the final scene of the video where he fell backward into an ice creek not once but twice to make sure Brad our director got the shot from different angles.
 
What can audiences expect from the rest of the album (of the same name)?
 
The album starts with a 2-minute instrumental setting the stage for what’s to come. As the album progresses it goes through different styles and emotions ranging from dark, ambient, and cinematic tones. The album ends with a song called “Breathe In.” This sums up the overall story of the album.
 
Do you have any live shows coming up? What type of experience can the audience expect when they see you live?
 

Getting closer to the release date of the full album I will be putting together some live shows most likely in LA and Long Beach. For the live shows, I have put together a great team of musicians; John Kunkel(guitar), Colin Wood(keyboards), Alonso Moreno(drums), and myself on vocals.

What advice would you have for aspiring musicians?

I would say stay dedicated to your passions, work on your weaknesses, and don’t be afraid to fail or to have to start all over when bands or projects come to an end.

What’s your life like outside of music?

Besides music, I enjoy spending time with my wife Betty, and our dog Elliott wandering around Long Beach and bar hopping. I also love playing video games and watching movies. Currently, I’m addicted to playing APEX Legends.
 
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