James Vine was born in London and began playing drums age 11. In 2010 James moved to Bristol to study a Mathematics & Computer Science Masters. After graduating in 2014 James began working as a freelance drummer. James has studied with Joshua Blackmore (Bill Laurence, Troyka, Strobes) and is mentored by US drummer Steve Lyman (José James, Chase Baird).
James’ love of travelling and connecting with new people drives his busy touring and recording schedule performing across the UK and Europe extensively with shows in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain & Croatia. James has established himself as an integral part of the blossoming Bristol jazz scene. As well as countless projects of his own including Cousin Kula, Feelgood Experiment & Waldo's Gift, James has also had the pleasure of performing with Solomon O.B, Ishmael Ensemble, China Bowls, Holysseus Fly and Mr Woodnote (Dub FX) to name a few.
With his psych pop outfit Cousin Kula, (a recent addition to UTA’s touring roster), James has received great press from the likes of NME and the BBC. Cousin Kula are currently working on a follow up to their debut 2017 release OODLES with a headline UK tour to support this in December 2018. Soul jazz project Feelgood Experiment were winners of the 2016 Love Supreme Discovery competition and have since shared stages with many jazz heavyweights from around the world, collaborating recently with members of Melbourne's 30/70. James' new experimental jazz trio Waldo’s Gift have just been described as ‘jaw dropping’ by Clash Magazine in a recent live video feature.
James' desire to connect inspired him to organise an 8 day UK masterclass tour for Steve Lyman that took the two of them all across the country during which James also gave clinics of his own. When not touring James has a weekly residency in Bristol with Waldo’s Gift and runs experimental jazz label 'Astral Tusk'. He also holds a teaching position at 2 schools in the south west and makes the occasional website for fellow musicians. A selection of recent web work can be found here.
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