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Jvck James

At just 19 years old, Jvck James is already as slick as can be: from his butter-smooth tunes to his effortless style - he’s a fully-formed musical dream. East-London born and bred, you can hear that native nature breaking through the blend of international influences: from D’Angelo to Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean to Khalid, his diverse inspirations and vibrant individuality amalgamate into an innovative new sound.

Was there a moment that you knew you really wanted to be a musician?

At nine years old I sang at my Grandma’s birthday, and I feel like that was my first public event! But I got a good response, and I kind of knew from there that I wanted to carry on doing this. I started to release a few covers online and that went well. I didn’t really understand it back then but I feel like I knew at that young of an age that it was for me.

Were you brought up around music?

Yeah definitely. I was brought up in church, so my mum and dad played a lot of gospel music. My dad also played reggae music. I’m the youngest in my family so my older brother and sister’s music would be around too, a lot of R&B. I feel like I was brought up with a really good mix of music: both UK and US artists from plenty of genres too.

How would you describe your music in three words?

Fresh, essential and unapologetic. I wear my heart on my sleeve in my music, I throw in my thoughts and emotions and let it all out.

Do you have a style icon?

I get inspired by all kinds of people. If I see someone walking down the street who is well dressed I’ll stop and tell them that they look dope. So people are my style icons.

What are the five albums that shaped you most?

Ooh I like this question. Right, Voodoo by D’Angelo. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Off the Wall by Michael Jackson. A Seat at the Table by Solange. And finally, Because the Internet by Childish Gambino.