James Gent is a soulful beatmaker and actually the youngest member of the TreeHouse Vibes family. At JUST 15 years of age I don’t even know where to start lol. James Gent, real name Remi has such a driven work ethic and has soaked in knowledge like a sponge since entering the scene towards the end of 2015. His talent is undoubted, showing his diversity by dabbling in Trap and the release of his 5 day beat project, where he challenged himself to drop a track a day for 5 days which was crazy!!! The Soundcloud community are starting to get a feel for what’s next to come from the London teenager. With quality, consistent releases such as his blow up track which also got a release from DOPEMAG; 'relieved' & 'compound'.
There is a sense of excitement and buzz building around the boy and the underrated claims are starting to materialise, all we will say is there is so much more to come. Being a ghost on these streets as he is, I thought it would be a perfect time to share our interview and find out more.
TreeHouse talks to James Gent
TREEHOUSE: Yo my guy, could you Introduce yourself, and tell us where you are from?
JAMES GENT: Yoo, James Gent here (you can also call me Remi, that's my real name), and I'm from London, England.
TREEHOUSE: So when and why did you start making music?
JAMES GENT: I've been listening to EDM for quite a while now really. Literally since I was 11-12 years old, back when the likes of Skrillex was really hype amongst me and my peers and such. Was into all that dubstep and electro stuff, I only really started thinking about actually producing around November 2014. I started hearing about this Future Bass craze and honestly I fell in love with it and wanted to make stuff like that. Since then, I've basically transitioned into what I am now.
TREEHOUSE: For anyone who doesn’t know you, explain what kind of sound or style would you say you have ?
JAMES GENT: Ehhh, I don't really like putting myself to one style. I don't wanna say its hard to pinpoint but I do different things sometimes. I guess you can slot me into the jazz/gospel/future bass/trap area. But I will do other things occasionally.
TREEHOUSE: Being from the UK, who locally inspires your music, and who from London is doing it for the scene?
JAMES GENT: Hm.. I draw most of my inspiration online and things I hear in general, like Soundcloud, Youtube or even the radio. I'd say that a lot of it comes from me and inside my mind from experiences I've taken from. It's quite a shame though, there's a lot of interesting music here so I'll need to start expanding! Also, in terms of the UK in general... I gotta say, our MORE // NIGHT is killing it, honestly. Crazy dude. WIZE also has a very sophisticated development of his own unique style, that I very much enjoy! There are a lot out there really, like casual, wntr, KAEMP, R.O.M, PYRMDPLAZA, etc (And of course I can't forget the legend, Troyboi).
TREEHOUSE: Since your crazy 5 day album release on Soundcloud, your diversity has been shown and I think it definitely had people keeping a eye out for you. how did the idea come together?
JAMES GENT: Thanks! Hahaha, right. That actually came up quite drastically. One of my friends was talking about a 7-day beat challenge and I decided to re-listen (for like, the millionth time) to Braeden Bailey's (a.k.a whereisalex) old 7-day EP called "Seven." I realised that in the following week I was going to have a holiday, so I thought why not? I was sort of encouraged by my producer friends to do it too and I thought it'd be a good idea to expand on my sound. So yeah.
TREEHOUSE: How is it balancing school life and music?
JAMES GENT: Ahhh, not that easy. To be completely honest, I'm sorta losing it with school because I'm getting really quite passionate with music. I'm working on keeping the balance between the two things and honestly, the work piles on. But all it takes really is some hard work and dedication for both!
TREEHOUSE: Who are your influences?
JAMES GENT: Sam Gellaitry, whereisalex, Mr Carmack. Literally my top 3. I wouldn't be here if I hadn't discovered them. And an honourable mention for oshi, extremely creative dude.
TREEHOUSE: Favourite artist right now?
JAMES GENT: Right now? Kagwe. Beautiful composition, playful creative melodies, and his sound design! God I love his work haha.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing you can't live without?
JAMES GENT: Laptop. Literally...
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
JAMES GENT: New pair of headphones. Gotta get that upgrade!
TREEHOUSE: Favourite track right now?
JAMES GENT: West1ne "five". Sooooo vibey.
TREEHOUSE: One instrument you wish you could play?
JAMES GENT: Piano. Actually I even have a keyboard at home but I hardly use it because I'm lazy haha.
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
JAMES GENT: I just want people to enjoy my music and experience feelings they've never felt before. Like when I listen to a new track from someone and it just hits you and it's like "Wow!"
TREEHOUSE: If you could play a show overseas tomorrow where would it be?
JAMES GENT: Anywhere really where I can have fun and meet new people. I'm not too big on travelling haha. NZ does have some very interesting artists though...
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
JAMES GENT: Uh... gaming isn't a passion but more of a hobby. I also used to enjoy making art a lot, but I do that a lot less now. I really just enjoy music to be honest.
TREEHOUSE: What do you think of the whole future scene right now?
JAMES GENT: The future scene is crazy, and I feel blessed to see it blooming. It's literally blowing up at rates I can't even imagine, and what's more, it's changing ever-so rapidly. Sub genres upon sub genres are coming out into the spotlight. It's really quite amazing!
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out for one to watch?
JAMES GENT: Kagwe. I've mentioned him before already, but I feel like people are sleeping on him. His style is so dynamic, it'll take him far, I can tell! Don't sleep!
TREEHOUSE: Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
JAMES GENT: Sam Gellaitry. Duh!? Hehe
Expect new collabs, music and projects from James Gent over the next few months and we also have a THV exclusive track from the man being released this SUNDAY!
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