James Mackenzie has been living between Germany and the UK for a couple of years now. Originally from the Highland capital Inverness, he was recently played by BBC Introducing, Rapal, Amazing Radio, The Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland (with Janice Forsyth and Grant Stott) and Artist of the Week in The Scotsman as well as numerous German stations and publications. With new single out, Champion, James spoke with The Fountain about the track and his plans for 2021.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Champion

Champion came out just before Christmas and I have to say that it’s been going great so far. It’s had numerous plays across the BBC and other radio stations and it has been added to quite a few playlists on Spotify. I’m really happy! 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

It’s a love song about the ones you love encouraging you.

TF: What is your plan for 2021, after this release?

I’ll be releasing some more music from my album The Honeymoon in the next couple of months. I’ll release the album in the summer. I’ve been booked to play Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which is my hometown festival really. I do have some tour dates booked in the UK to coincide with this but we’ll need to see how things turn out. I’ve also got lots of gigs and things in the calendar here in Germany too. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live and where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

That’s a very difficult question as I love playing live everywhere, however, a hometown gig is always top of the list. With the current climate, I’m looking forward to playing anywhere and everywhere right now. My all time favourite venue in Scotland has to be The Ironworks. Just because it’s got so much nostalgia for me. It’s my hometown venue, I’ve worked there, I’ve partied there and of course, played there. I can’t wait for Belladrum and my favourite gig in Germany is a place called Monschau which is near Aachen by the Belgian border, it’s a castle!