Over the break, I sat down with a new Atlanta artist who goes by the name of Vieno James. Although he is just a senior in high school, his potential and skills are already stirring up conversations about his work.
EEM: How did you choose your artist name?
James: My actual name is Alvieno James Stinson. I think Vieno James sounds poetic, and cut throat at the same time. Plus, I get to use my actual name. I like staying true to myself. Vieno is me, but more aggressive. He’s the one under the golden mask. Al-vieno is more of a passive person that enjoys martial arts, history, art, poetry, and paints.
EEM: What is the genre of your music?
James: Hmmm, I’d say that it sounds like Free Gold Status. I think focusing on myself, and not worrying about comparisons or fitting into a category of sound lets me be more fluid, and artistic with my work. I just do what sounds appealing to me; I make music that I enjoy.
EEM: What are you hoping to accomplish as an artist?
James: I want to be part of the new paradigm shift of visual art and music. I want to empower people through my music. Hearing fans in the stands would be beautiful. I want people to take what I say, and apply it to their lives. I believe that everyone has ability to work to the best of their abilities. The natural understanding to understand knowledge should be embedded into all of our minds. I want people to get up off their asses and focus on creating new ways to advance the human race. I want to have a stable source of income. And I want to have fun being me.
EEM: Do you have a mixtape out?
James: Yes I do! My album is called Fractal Images. Check it out on SoundCloud or Datpiff. It’s not really a concept album, but everything flows together like one. It’s a bunch of visions into my life, my thoughts, and my plans for the future. I suggest that anyone that listens to it should go back, and try to interpret the lyrics, and songs as a whole. It’s a bit poetic and artistic, but at the same time I’m coming with a sick flow, and kill the tracks. It’s me as a whole.