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Meet James Sims

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Sims.

Hi James, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in a small town in South Florida named Belle Glade and I’ve always been into music and art so around 2012, I moved to Orlando to study Music Performance at Valencia College (with a guitar I got from a friend in exchange for a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra). I knew zero music theory but survived a couple of semesters before dropping out and switching my major to graphic design. I continued to play music and work as a graphic designer until around 2018-2019, when my band Captains of April disbanded and my relationship of five years fell apart. Living back with my mom and no motivation to start another band, I enrolled in a 3-week course to become a yoga teacher in Costa Rica; this turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

While in Costa Rica, I learned about this style of yoga/martial art called Budokon and the founder (Cameron Shayne) lived only 3-hours away from me in Miami—I immediately booked a training course with him. Right after leaving Miami, I received an invite from my teacher in Costa Rica asking if I’d like to return and help her teach at the yoga retreat. In February of 2020, I quit my job and headed to Costa Rica to live and teach yoga and stayed there for 6-months where I really connected with a girl from England who invited me back to the UK with her. Since August, I’ve been living in the UK working remotely as a graphic designer/musician and hope to continue traveling while doing so.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road but after one door closes, it seems like another one opens. The break-up of my band and relationship allowed me to go to Costa Rica, covid-19 interrupting my Costa Rica job allowed me to focus on starting my own remote businesses and connect with someone in England; it hasn’t been easy but I’m trying to make lemonade out of lemons.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m an artist. I’m most proud of the music video I released for my song ‘Rebel’; It was my first solo single that I recorded and wrote myself. I’m also extremely proud of the EP I released with my first band (Captains of April) called ‘Molly’. I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m not afraid to experiment with different sounds; I listen to every type of music from hip-hop to French gypsy jazz—it all influences my music and design.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I had a lot of friends growing up but I was really quiet; I didn’t talk much but when I talked, I talked much. I left my hometown for a few years of high school and moved to West Palm Beach, which really broadened my interests. I discovered bands like The Strokes and Velvet Underground and got into playing guitar and other alternative things.

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1 Comment

  1. Chris Erwin

    February 2, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Sims is one of the best guys I know. I’m proud to be his friend.

    🙂

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