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James Ewers

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PositionLecturer
Department Music
Email j.ewers (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7177 3190
James Ewers

James Ewers is a singer, songwriter and composer.

As a solo singer songwriter under the name Lonesound and as frontman of indie band My Luminaries, James has performed at major music festivals, been shortlisted on national radio and gained coverage in national press. As well as having releases on Xtra Mile, V2 and Groenland Records, he has run a successful crowd funding campaign and released music on his own label. His original songs continue to feature in film, television, online and in video games and he has been described as "an exceptional artist" by the BBC. He also has much experience as a session vocalist and instrumentalist.

As a producer, James has worked freelance and as part of the Cave Productions team at Abbey Road Studios, producing records for Island and Sotones, and developing artists in the early stages of their careers.

As a composer, James writes bespoke and production music for library and advertising agencies, and has written music for film including the Emmy award winning short film Notes On Blindness. He most recently co-scored the critically acclaimed feature-length film of the same name, which premiered at Sundance film festival in 2016.

Teaching

On the BMus in Popular Music, James is course co-ordinator for Songwriting and teaches on Folk & Urban Musics, Practical Popular Music Studies, Performance: New Contexts, Media Composition and supervises final year work on Creative Performance and Creative Research Project. 

On the MMus course, he teaches on the Composition and Moving Image Media module and supervises Popular Music Project work

Presentations and exhibitions

Selected Performances

Lonesound: Netherlands Record Store Tour (Assen, Groningen, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam), 2014
Lonesound: The Borderline (various shows including supports for Joe Pug, Steve Craddock, Jay Brannan, Civil Twilight), London, 2013 - 2014
Lonesound: Secret Garden Party Festival, 2013
Lonesound: Sofar Sounds Festival, London 2013
Lonesound: Young & Lost Club, London, 2013
My Luminaries: Q Magazine Emerging Talent Winners, Queens Head Stage, Glastonbury, 2010
My Luminaries: T in the Park Festival, Scotland, 2009
James Ewers: The Living Room, New York, 2008
My Luminaries: London Calling Festival, Amsterdam, 2007
My Luminaries: Crawdaddy, Dublin, 2007
My Luminaries: PopKomm, Berlin, 2006
Cameron Saul: Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, 2002

Press

Lonesound has gained coverage in publications including The Sunday Times Culture, Artrocker, The Fly, DIY and regional newspapers.

My Luminaries gained coverage in publications including Q Magazine, NME, The Fly, Artrocker, London Tour Dates, and regional newspapers.

James initiated the Jail Guitar Doors Festival in 2007, a one day music festival in Reading of national and local acts. The festival raised £2000 to buy musical instruments for the inmates at Reading Young Offender's institute, and was covered by the Reading Evening Post.

Television and video output

Selected Commercial Compositions

Inspire Q 'Home Elegance', 2014
Samsung 'Camera NX', 2014
CBeebies 'Playtime App', 2013
Clinique 'Make Someone Happy', 2013
Children's Reading Fund 'Change the Story', 2013
Skype 'Moment Makers', 2013
Carrefour 'Tex', 2012
Head & Shoulders 'His n' Hers', 2010
Tampax 'Mother Nature's Gift', 2009
Head & Shoulders 'Fresh Perspective', 2009

Radio

Lonesound has gained airplay on national and regional radio including Dermot O Leary BBC Radio 2, Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music Introducing, John Kennedy XFM, Eddy Temple Morris XFM Remix, BBC Berkshire Introducing, Goldierocks British Council Radio and Amazing Radio.

My Luminaries gained airplay on national and regional radio including winning Zane Lowe’s Fresh Meat on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq's Band of the Week and an in-studio interview on BBC 6 Music, Virgin Xtreme Playlist, John Kennedy XFM, Eddy Temple Morris XFM Remix, Absolute Radio and BBC Berkshire Introducing.

Through work with the arts charity Company Paradiso and BBC Radio Berkshire, James had radio play of songs written for two award winning community projects; ‘The New Ballads of Reading Gaol’ (Gold winner – Sony radio awards, 2010), and ‘Warning: May Contain Nuts’ (Gold winner – BBC Gillard Awards, 2010). James's participation involved writing songs based around lyrics and poems, written by both young offenders and people with mental health issues.

Recorded works

Gordon & Doyle vs. Otto Le Blanc feat. Lonesound, Overdose, Single (High Five Music, 2014)
Lonesound: The Great Outdoors EP's, LP (Miller Records, 2014)
Lonesound: The Great Outdoors (Part 3), EP (Lonesounds, 2013)
Lonesound: The Great Outdoors (Part 2), EP (Lonesounds, 2012)
Lonesound: The Great Outdoors (Part 1), EP (Lonesounds, 2012)
My Luminaries: Order From The Chaos, LP (Cottage Industries, 2010)
Broadcast 2000: The Outsider Steps Inside (Groenland, 2010)
My Luminaries: Parasol, Single (Cottage Industries, 2010)
My Luminaries: The Outsider Steps Inside, Single (V2/Groenland, 2007)
My Luminaries: Jumping The Great White, Compilation (Groenland, 2007)
My Luminaries: Jumping The Great White, Single (V2/Groenland, 2006)
My Luminaries: All I Really Want, Single (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2005)

Selected Film Soundtracks

Notes On Blindness (Dir: Peter Middleton & James Spinney, Archers Mark, 2016, music co-written with Noah Wood). Feature length film officially selected for Sundance 2016.


Notes On Blindness (Dir: Peter Middleton & James Spinney, Archers Mark, The New York Times Op-Docs, 2014, music co-written with Mike Murray). Short film officially selected for Sundance and SXSW film festivals 2014 and winner of an Emmy award 2015.


Notes On Blindness: Rainfall (Dir: Peter Middleton & James Spinney, Filament, 2012, music co-written with Mike Murray)
Selected for the London Short Film Festival, 2013 and HotDocs film festival, Toronto, 2013



Notes on Blindness: Snow (Dir: Peter Middleton, Filament, 2012). Premiered at the East End Film Festival, 2012



Honeymooner (Dir: Col Spector, Soda Pictures, 2010)
 'Meet to Please You' written for and featured in the OST, behind the scenes documentary score, co-written with Mike Murray
Premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival and released by Soda Pictures through the New British Quarterly