“An Interview with Nick James of Throwing Gravity” (By Groovey) Nashville’s Throwing Gravity’s sound is total kick ass rock and their tunes are making moves up the charts and into the world’s playlists. On their latest album It’s Not The End Throwing Gravity worked with mega-talents Josh Abraham (Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Velvet Revolver) and Ryan Williams (Paramore, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine) they have also toured with 12 Stones, Chevelle, Red and many more. I spoke with Throwing Gravity’s vocalist Nick James about throwing the gravity and where it’s all going to land.
How did the sound of Throwing Gravity develop and all come together?
Nick James: Basically rock has always been my first and foremost. I grew up listening to Journey, Boston and Led Zeppelin and the older rock bands. My roots are always going to be the rock. I’m from Louisiana so I got a taste of the blues too and I’m Southern so there’s a southern sound in there too. I like to write those catchy hooks. I don’t think I could ever get away from those hooks. The sound is more along the lines of a Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and Tonic. A lot of people are saying we are the Tonic of our time. I don’t know what that means but I love Tonic. We take some risks but it’s not too hard, it’s not active rock or metal, it’s very melodic. There are a lot of ballads. I tried my best to not do ballads and I end up doing ballads. (Laughs) I don’t know how not to.
If ballads are coming naturally, man, then that’s what’s real to you.
Nick James: I guess so. I was talking to someone the other day and I was saying how I automatically put everything in 6/8 and that’s just how my brain thinks.
You worked with an impressive list of people on the last album, how are you choosing who you collaborate with?
Nick James: It all just came along and just knowing people throughout the years like John King did most of this record and he is one of my good friends now and I have been working with him since we were called The Rust in the beginning and that was back in 2007. So I’ve been working with him for a long time and along the way meeting guys like Ryan Williams and Josh Abraham. So just making good contacts and staying in contact. It’s been exciting; I can tell you that, to have a few things I can scratch off my bucket list especially in the music world.
If everyone is friends in the studio are you concerned that you aren’t being pushed or challenged to produce the best you can?
Nick James: Luckily I work with people that have always understood the same thing and thought the way that I do. When it comes to what we are going to do, which is recording a record, we are not necessarily going to turn that switch off because obviously we are friends still and we’re having fun doing this but luckily I have people who I work with that understand where the boundaries are. Where things shouldn’t cross and where they should cross. I have been fortunate enough to be paired up with a lot of those people. Especially John, me and him butt heads a lot when it comes to music but it always comes out on the right side. There’s never any fights or anything crazy but there are multiple sounds bites of me saying stuff. There’s a swear log at the end of every song if that makes sense. (Laughs)
Did you ever run into, “Aww dude, that just sucks, we gotta drop it on the floor right now.”?
Nick James: Yeah, that happened. (Laughs) That happens quite a bit. But we’re taken the single “Here We Go Again” which used to be called “Broken” and we took that song, and it literally was a piece of crap, and I will say that because I think it was a piece of crap on the original Rust record. I was like, “John, this thing has potential and we have to do something with it.” So we ended up transforming that song and the only thing that is the same on that song is the bridge. It’s a whole brand new song. That was a challenge to take a song that actually was a piece of crap and turn it into something that is more or less manageable. It’s fun doing that stuff though. It’s a lot of fun. I even try to do that with some of my older stuff. Man, I got so many songs that are crap but, “Maybe that little part right there I can use it.” You know? But then I end up saying, “No, it’s pretty crap.” (Laughs)
It’s Not The End was released last year. Have you been writing for the next album?
Nick James: Yeah, totally in our down time I’m still writing right now. You hit those moment s where you just spit out music and about three weeks ago I did four songs in three days. Just bam. We’re just trying to get stuff ready to make something new and release it this coming summer. Around May or something like that. We’re in the writing phase, not recording yet, but writing for sure.
What’s coming up next for you guys?
Nick James: Tour wise it looks like we’re going out with Royal Bliss starting on November 5th for a two week run and maybe a little bit longer but we will have to see on that. It’s going to be Midwest and up north; Wisconsin and some East coast probably some of that stuff too. Besides that just check out all our socials cuz we’re always on them and love to chat.