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James is a Film Composer. Mark Kermode described his most recent score to Henry Blake’s twice BAFTA nominated 'County Lines' as “Majestic!”, playing cues along with Mark Forrest on Scala Radio. His score was released on Lakeshore Records.   

James is currently sketching out ideas for two further feature projects. 

Other projects coming up include writing and producing two albums, looking to release them later in the year.   

Shortly after moving to London in his early twenties, and influenced by bands like The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, UNKLE, Radiohead, DJ Shadow and Spiritualized, touring with the latter, James’s band were signed to BMG Publishing and Manchester Indie label Faith & Hope. In that period, James could often be seen playing the gig and festival circuit, trying to get weird sounds out of guitars, tape machines and pedals.    

Just before the band was coming to and end, and to continue his love of concert and film composition, he was taken on as private pupil by one of the Guildhall Composition Professors, and became an Associate of the LSO’s Soundhub scheme for new and emerging composers. He remains an Associate more than ten years later, having benefitted from golden nuggets from conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, composers like George Benjamin, Hans Abrahamsen, Peter Maxwell Davies and players like David Alberman of the Arditti Quartet.   

James can be seen around East Kent, sampling the environment and creating his own instruments based on those found sounds.       

James Pickering is a person obsessed with Film, music, sound and learning.

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