James Edward Olliges, Jr., better known as Jim James is not a musician who holds back feelings. The My Morning Jacket singer-guitarist is notorious for being candid with reporters, going so far as admitting his signature look (black suit, white shirt and black tie) was partly inspired by an unlikely source: Smurfette.
"The first time I ever realized what fashion was watching the Smurfs as a kid," he told Esquire Network's How I Rock It in 2013. "Smurfette opens her closet and it's filled with nothing but white dresses because that's all you ever see her in. Ever since then, I've always wanted to be a cartoon character, to always wear the same thing every time… It's almost like a blank canvas where I can be me and that frees my mind up to worry about other things… [like] the performance and the music."
James recently shared "Take Care of You", a new solo song he recorded for No Escape, a new film directed by John Erick Dowdle starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan.
My Morning Jacket's U.S. tour begins this fall. The band will be performing at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium October 13 and SDSU's Open Air Theater October 19.
Here are some complaints James has with the music industry today. Quotation above via wsj.com.