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.