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