James Righton Biography
James Righton (James Nicholas Righton) is an English musician born on 25th August 1983 in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. He is a former keyboard-player of the London-based new rave band Klaxons which has since disbanded (in 2015).
James Righton Klaxons
While studying at Stratford-upon-Avon, he met Simon Taylor-Davis and taught him to play the guitar. Together with Simon Taylor-Davis and Jamie Reynolds they began to record and perform live under the name of “Klaxons (Not Centaurs)”, a name inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s The Futurist Manifesto. In 2005 this band played with Finnigan Kidd as drummer, until Kidd left and Steffan Halperin joined in 2006, around this time, the band began using the shorter name of “Klaxons”.
In 2006 Klaxons signed to Polydor Records, in 2014 they announced that that the tour they were on was their last.
In 2016 James Righton was signed to Marathon Artists/House Anxiety under the moniker, Shock Machine. In March 2016 his first single ‘Shock Machine’ was released.
James Righton Age
James Righton was born on 25th August 1983 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
James Righton Height
James Righton stands at 1.75 m.
James Righton Wedding/ Keira Knightley and James Righton
Klaxons musician James Righton married actress Keira Knightley in the South of France in May 2013. The low-key ceremony – which was held in front of just 11 guests – took place at a town hall in Mazan, 12 miles from Marseille. The reception was hosted at a house owned by Knightley’s mother, playwright Sharman MacDonald, in a marquee erected in the garden. Over 50 guests attended, including fellow actress Sienna Miller.
James Righton and Keira Knightley Baby
They have a daughter, Edie, who was born in 2015.
James Righton Net Worth
It was revealed that Keira Knightley’s musician husband James Righton reportedly earned just £5,000 in a year. The Sun reported that his company, Galloping Faster, which he runs with Klaxon bandmates Jamie Reynolds and Simon Taylor-Davis, only made £14,844 in the 12 months to March 2014.
James Righton Movies
- 2018: Benjamin
- 2016: Something More
- 2012: First Song
James Righton Songs
- Golden Skans
- Atlantis to Interzone
- It’s Not Over Yet
- Gravity’s Rainbow
- There Is No Other Time
- Show Me a Miracle
- As Above, So Below
- A New Reality
- Twin Flames
- Unlimited Love
- Two Receivers
- Lost in Mystery
- Shock Machine
- Totem on the Timeline
- Isle of Her
- Hello 23
- Love Frequency
- Valley of the Calm Trees
- Forgotten Works
- Four Horsemen of 2012
- The Clap Clap Sound
- Surfing the Void
- Strange Waves
- Children of the Sun
- Invisible Forces
- The Same Space
James Righton on what inspired the Brit nu-ravers’ third album.
James Righton on the things they (Klaxons) learnt while making their third album ‘Love Frequency’.
“One of the biggest things we learnt was patience, not feeling like you have to release something until you’re all completely happy with what you have,” says James. “There are certain songs on the album we spent almost two years on. We’d say we’d almost finished it after the first couple of days with them, and then two years later [we were] still tweaking everything from snare sounds to whether the chorus should go on a bit longer.”
Step outside of your comfort zone
The biggest difference to be heard in Klaxons is their new-found love of technology. “It was born through the lack of desire to do what we normally do, which is play our instruments. Simon didn’t want to touch a guitar, I didn’t really want to play keys, Jamie didn’t really want to play bass. We literally all learnt different recording programs and music-making software, and a lot of the time we were just sat around a table, sending little ideas and parts to each other that we’d each made on our own laptops.”
Allow room for new voices
“Another way we’d never worked before was we listened to music that Tom [Rowlands, The Chemical Brothers] and Erol [Alkan] had made,” says James. “There was a track from Erol – Rhythm of Life was a demo that he made with Boys Noize – that was just a really good instrumental, and then we kind of turned it into a song.
It was this rejuvenated way of looking at the technical process – but not the essential vibe of the music itself – that gave Klaxons their mojo back when making Love Frequency. Put simply, “[Tom and Erol] don’t sit around playing instruments… It’s not about performance, it’s about sculpting a sound.”
Less is more
That sculpting principle makes the new album way more stripped-back than its predecessor. “We wanted it to be pop, we wanted it to be a little bit less esoteric,” says James. “The last record, we all love it, but it’s quite a dense record. There’s lots of words and lots of dense sounds, so we wanted this one to just be a bit clearer. It has hooks. We always wanted to be a pop band – like a weird, subversive pop band that could get into the charts, but at the same time sing about very abstract things.”
Take note of what’s going on around you…
There’s no escaping the colossal rise of dance music in recent years, and this had an impact on the headspace James, Jamie and Simon found themselves in while writing Love Frequency. James points out, “You couldn’t turn on the radio and not hear Get Lucky. Whether that influenced us or not I don’t know… but it was so omnipresent.
“We’ve now got a kind of hybrid set, where we’re playing our instruments, we are playing live, but we also put electronics into it to give it a bit more weight. Because you do notice sometimes when you see a live act, like a band, after an electronic act with the biggest kick-drum, they sound tiny.”
…Then do the opposite
The best piece of wisdom they have to offer new bands? “Create your own world,” James says without hesitation. “Live, breathe it, and try and make it the complete opposite to what is the most popular thing. Do the opposite of what there is in the world – and then make it into a world. And then try and write some songs around it.”
James Righton Interview
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