Hailing from Portland in Oregon is musician James Julian Villa, who unveils his infectious new single today, ‘My Friends Are Sober’.
Inspired by sounds from early 00’s pop-rock bands as iconic as Weezer, Wheatus and All American Rejects, the song serves as a nostalgic and light-hearted ode to the youth of yesteryear.
“I had been watching my friends grapple the unstoppable force of aging, overcoming addiction, and saying goodbye to their 20’s, when I sang the words ‘Nobody drinks anymore…’, and turned an existential crisis into a sarcastic take on growing up. The song’s style is a throwback to my teen years of listening to 2000’s rock, discovering Guitar Hero, and my own modern interpretation of an ‘aging emo’ anthem.”
As an artist of many skills, James is not only a singer and songwriter, but also a multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer. To date, this promising talent has collaborated with other notable Portland prospects like Laryssa Birdseye, Hayley Lynn, Blair Borax and Lewis Childs.
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