At the time that James was awarded a First Foundation Scholarship, his Principal described him as "a highly personable young man; his discipline and self-motivation are exemplary, resulting in a creditable array of results from a dedicated and determined student." James' passion for music was evident at school and continued on into tertiary studies.
James studied a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music at The University of Auckland. He graduated from both qualifications in 2010. James worked as a Sound Engineer and Production Assistant for Auckland-based Advertising Agency 99 where he worked with clients such as New World, Air NZ and Farmers. In addition to full time work, James continued to develop his work as an independent Sound Artist through collaborative sound and movement projects. Projects included The Live Series, Exposure Research Competition (UoA), Beijing Modern Music Festival and the 2010 International Film Festival.
James was our first Alumni to step up as a First Foundation Mentor in 2011
In mid-2013 James moved to London and is currently working as a sound designer.