James Bay has revealed his plans to release an illustrated book for his fans.
The singer has been busy sketching whilst on the road and is in the process of putting together the drawings for a comic based on the songs from his debut LP ‘The Chaos and the Calm’.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he revealed: “I do still draw, in terms of a book, it terms of a book it’s something I would never rule out because I do still sketch.
“When I had the idea for the ‘Pink Lemonade’ video I put out recently I had no other way to get it across to the director other than to draw the scenes.
“So they will be seen and they will be added to that book because I wouldn’t rule it out, it would be cool.”
“It definitely takes it to a new place. I’ve got a new look, a new sound. I just fancied a new chapter. There are moments on the album that sort of ‘bridge’ from ‘The Chaos And The Calm’ to the new album.
This Spring, he’s due to perform in London at the Brixton Electric before embarking on a North American tour. He also has a handful of festival dates coming up including Isle of Wight, Glasgow Green, Unaltrofestival and We The Fest.
The 27-year-old singer has ditched his traditional guitar sound on his second record ‘Electric Light – which is released – and he says it’s because he needed to challenge himself.
He explained: “On this new record I made an effort to avoid that guitar because then it got harder.
“It was difficult for myself.”
The ‘Hold Back The River’ singer previously admitted he was inspired by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift to reinvent himself.
James has not only gone in a more pop-oriented direction, but he also chopped his long hair short and lost his Fedora hat for his transformation.
It’s been three years since he dropped his Grammy nominated debut album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ and won the Brits Critics’ Choice Award. Now he’s change his aesthetic into something a little more contemporary, determined to break the rules of the pop industry. Details of his next album are yet to be announced.
He said: “Ed and Taylor have almost treated each release like they’re trying to break themselves again as an artist on the world’s stage.
“So I’m treating this like that. Not just because I’ve lived this for a while now, and I’m still living it, and that feels like the smartest move.”