JAMES BAMBU: “CREATING A NEW SOUND, R&B INFLUENCED”

"Most of my songs are based on experiences that I go through and when I’m writing the music, I try to make sure that I can feel the same feeling that I felt based on the experience that I’m trying to write about."

WITH YOUR NAME BEING MIKE BUTLER, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE MONIKER “JAMES BAMBU?”

James is my middle name and Bam and Bu are two nicknames that I grew up with. On my dad’s side they call me Bam to this day and on my mom’s side, my aunts and my grandma – who actually wanted me to be a singer, but I told her no when she was alive – always called me Bu. I put them together in 2013 and came up with James Bambu.

BECAUSE THE NAMES THEMSELVES RESONATE FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD, DOES THAT TIME PERIOD (THE 90s) IMPACT WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON, YOUR MUSIC, AND CREATIVITY? 

Because they’re names that I had growing up, I definitely pull from my childhood and what I knew to be music then. And I incorporate what I know to be music in my own music. For example, growing up I listened to people who were superstars in Atlanta like Usher and Toni Braxton. I knew that type of music to be like classic R&B music, so I want my music to be classic R&B music. I definitely incorporate a level of soul and contemporary R&B, but what I want people to get from it is that it’s classic R&B music and something that you can listen to with you family and friends and even in your alone time.