After growing up on a healthy diet of classic rock
and metalcore, James played in several bands
with the local bogans in Palmerston North, New Zealand, throughout his teens.
He then went on to complete
a Jazz Performance honours degree on
the drum kit at The New Zealand School of Music —
Te Kōkī in his early 20’s.
Near the end of his studies he returned to his heavier roots by joining Banks Arcade and moving to Melbourne with the band.
After securing a record deal with UNFD, James and Banks Arcade have begun to make a name for themselves in the Australian heavy music scene and beyond.
They are now preparing for a packed schedule of festival performances, studio recording and touring across the UK, AUS and NZ throughout the remainder of 2022 - plus the upcoming release of their debut album through UNFD.