@skopemag Q&A Featuring Kris James By Polly Havelock

Kris James is no ordinary pop star. Cutting his teeth as frontman of The Scheme, James has since struck out on his own, releasing a string of massively successful solo records, including the disco love song, ‘Get Back to Love’. Now, gearing up to release ‘Naive’, we sat down for an exclusive – socially distanced – chat.

Hey Kris! Thank you for taking the time out to chat to us! Weird times, eh? How are you holding up?

Thank you for having me! It’s extremely weird times right now, and scary – but I’m holding up good, thank you. I’m just keeping myself busy at home with exercise and writing lots of new music! I’m very excited to be finally let out and see the outside again!

What is the number one playlist or album you are blasting right now from the comfort of your own home?

My favourite album right now is Fine Line by Harry Styles. This is being blasted every day! Since going solo he has created some great music, and what an incredible album this is.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to anyone struggling in quarantine?

One piece of advice that I would give anyone struggling would be to pick up an instrument or get a hobby that you can do from your home, because three months of isolation would give you the ability. You can come out being a guitarist or a better singer from watching YouTube tutorials. You could also check out my TikTok and see if you can recreate some – or why not make some new dances to my music that’s also on there?!

You’re gearing up to release your next single, ‘Naive’. Can you tell us a little bit about what the song is about and what it was like to write and record?

I sure am! I’m very excited to release this new track, I’m really happy with how this has turned out and can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Naïve is about being in a situation where you need to get a certain person out of your life, and when you finally remove them, you realise that you will be fine on your own and much better off without them.

The song suggests you could be in a bad relationship or in my case a bad friendship. It’s a self-help song, to say if you are experiencing this now, then you will be ok when you get out of it. You will burst the bubble and dish them some karma!

It was great fun to write and record as I can really relate to the song and I’m sure many of the listeners will also have been in a situation that they can pair the lyrics to. And plus I always have great fun in the studio!

We realise all the schedules are messed up because of covid, but what is the thing you are most looking forward to about releasing your debut album (when we eventually get to that point!)?

I think the thing I am most looking forward to is for everyone to be able to hear my new music! It’s been quite a while now since my last release so I am excited for everyone to hear what I have been working on all these months. But I think it’s worth the wait!