Interview: James Massiah

Interview: James Massiah

By Jonathan Emmins | Founder

It’s been two years since Amplify first launched the ‘Young Blood’ series. Ahead of the release of Young Blood 2 we look back at what six of our young creatives featured thought then, and what they’ve been up to since…

Then

James is a poet and musician from South London. He has given readings of his poetry at the Tate Modern, the Southbank and the Houses of Parliament and has received commissions to produce work for the BBC and the Guardian. He was shortlisted to become Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013. He is a regular on NTS radio spinning funk, soul, disco, house and everything in between as well as being a regular DJ for the cult Dalston night ‘WORK IT’.

Now

Since 2016, James has starred in a BBC TV ad campaign, been featured on the 2016 Massive Attack release ‘Dear Friend’, and has toured with Babyfather.

He released his first book, Euthanasia Party / Twenty Seven, capturing his experiences of growing up in South London, which was covered by the Guardian, Evening Standard and British Vogue.

He has worked with Nike, Champion, ASOS and Adidas, performed at the Royal Academy and Tate Lates, and has his own poetry series at the ICA.

In 2018, James officially opened London Men’s Fashion Week with a live performance.