Will James

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Acoustic Covers, Live Loops and mashups!
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South Shields

I've been playing live shows for over five years regularly, I have played in music venues, pubs, bars, private parties, weddings, charity events, busking and have experience in music production. I play acoustic covers, live looping and I am always working on original music to add into the mix as well. I take requests as well so if your event/venue has favourites I can learn them.

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Acoustic, Pop, Covers, Britpop, Indie, Alternative rock, Folk, Country, Easy listening, Blues, Light music, R&B, Hip Hop, Classic rock, Rock
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Live looping, Community music worker
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Will's Song list

Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
Hey Ya (loop acoustic)- OutKast
Cocoon- Catfish and the Bottlemen
Superstition (loop)- Stevie Wonder
Happier Without Me (Happier/Stay with me Mashup)- Ed Sheeran/Sam Smith
Seven Nation Army/Sweet Dreams (loop mashup)- The White Stripes/ Eurythmics
Not Nineteen Forever- The Courteeners
Pumped Up Kicks (loop)- Foster the People
7- Catfish and the Bottlemen
Hurt- Johnny Cash
You Shook Me All Night Long (acoustic)- ACDC
Chasing Cars (loop)- Snow Patrol
Free Fallin (loop)- Tom Petty
Can't Help Falling In Love With You- Elvis
Word Up! (loop)- Cameo
Brown Eyed Girl (acoustic)- Van Morrison
Whistle For the Choir (acoustic)- The Fratellis
Knockin on Heavens Door (loop)- Bob Dylan
Danger Zone (acoustic)- Kenny Loggins
She Drives Me Crazy (acoustic loop)- Fine Young Cannibals
Yellow (acoustic)- Coldplay
Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show
JCB (loop)- Nizlopi
Praise You (loop)- Fatboy Slim
Wicked Games/No Diggity (acoustic mashup)- Chris Isaak/Blackstreet
Lonely Boy (acoustic)- The Black Keys
Lovely Day- Bill Withers
If I ain't got you (Loop)- Alicia Keys
Will We Talk (Loop) - Sam Fender
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
Ghost (Loop) - Justin Bieber
Holy (loop) - Justin Bieber
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have been told that I have good 'patter' with the audience. I like to vibe out and have a little dance while I'm playing, I want my gigs to be relaxed and fun for everyone, including myself.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Loads of pubs around the North East where I live now and a few places in the Midlands and Birmingham where I lived a few years ago.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Carl Wockner is one of the best live loopers going and his particular sound is one I want to try and replicate.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I don't know about high profile, but I did play a friends wedding which was really special for me. Glad to share in her special day and everyone had a great time.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I try to be as flexible as possible, if the timings of the day change I can work to suit your needs. As long as you keep me informed wherever possible, I can change to suit the situation.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can curate a playlist (with the input of the client) to play between sets. I also have the contact information for other acts including DJs who could offer their services if required- I can also extend my own set to run longer if needed for an additional fee (negotiable depending on time)

How much time do you need to set up?

I can be set up and soundcheck my own kit in around half an hour, but I like to arrive 1.5 hours in advance to give plenty of time.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I can learn songs in advance so if you have any requests I can add them to the list, you can also choose to exclude any songs you might not like to hear (if you don't like cheesy songs).

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have all my own performing kit. I have my own portable sound-system suitable for most venues and I have a contact for the hire of larger systems if needed (can arrange costs with client during consultation)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my setlist on this page, there is a chance that I already know it as I've been jamming for a long time. However, if there are any specific requests, I can add them to the list and learn them in time for the event- let me know as soon as possible though so I have time to do a good job.

Will's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£500

Will's Reviews

From customers:

5 years ago

Will sang at my daughter’s birthday garden party. A neighbour asked a few days later if it was me that had been playing music. I apologised if it had been too loud. she wasn’t complaining, she wanted to tell me it sounded amazing. That was Will! A great performer and a true professional 😊

5 years ago

Top lad, sound geeza. Really on top of what hes doing a very professional!