You can tell a lot about someone by their musical taste. Indeed, after checking out James’ Choice Picks_, you too will have a greater appreciation for how his music deviates from the normal influences of Mandopop artists. For Yang, being brought up on a mix of Soul, Blues, Folk and Rock has greatly influenced his sound. Keep reading to learn how all these sounds have become part of his story!
01. The Staple Singers – Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Similar to Wind in the Pines in terms of subject – the death of a loved one.
02. James Yang – Hold On
One of the songs on Lost & Found that I wrote for my grandfather. Every time I sing this song, I sing it louder than I should, in some vain hope that wherever my grandfather is, he will be able to hear or feel that I’m singing for him.
03. The Toots and Maytels – Pressure Drop
My best friend growing up was Jamaican, his family had parties and bbqs growing up, we listened to reggae, dancehall and rocksteady;
04. James Yang -溫柔地，暴烈地
Seeing as I talked about it earlier, and that it’s my favourite song on Lost & Found;
05. Alan Lomax – Early in the mornin’
This sort of blues is the roots of Western pop music. I love this kind of music, but it also gives me a deeper understanding of how to write songs.
06. 郑钧- 灰姑娘
Just a simple, beautiful love song.
07. Led Zeppelin – When the levee breaks
This sort of rock played a lot when I was a kid. I chose this song for two reasons, first the drum track is amazing, 2nd, they used the arrangement to turn a simple country blues into a huge rock song, like we changed my simple demos in to complex songs in Lost & Found.
08. 老王樂隊 – 我還年輕我還年輕
This song mixes lots of musical styles, including Klezmir, Gypsy jazz and HxC, Emocore elements together to create a really full and interesting song.
09. Rory Gallagher – Million Miles Away
I love the energy used to play here, and the guitar tone Gallagher gets.
This song mixes western and traditional Chinese elements together into something unique and crazy. It makes me think of the end of a film where the hero rides his motorbike into the sunset.