After finishing as a runner-up on The Voice, working with coach Will.i.am, Tyler James signed to Island Records and has since been working with the likes of Guy Chambers – Robbie Williams’ former songwriting partner. He performed at the BBC’s Hackney Weekend and is currently writing a new album, scheduled for release before Christmas. Born in Canning Town, James now lives in Camden.
Let’s go to the pub. Scout’s buying – you pick the location.
I’ve got to say The Hawley Arms in Camden – it’s my local. I spend so much time there, it feels like home.
Seems a sensible choice. We’re getting hungry. Know any good places to eat?
The Canal Café Theatre. It’s tucked away in a little area behind Paddington, heading towards Little Venice. They make the best bacon sandwiches with good coffee.
What are your favourite outdoor spots?
I am one of those people that, if I have a day off I won’t be inside. I love going to Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.
And where do you get your shopping fix?
I would automatically walk to Covent Garden and go to Fred Perry, because I love it. Or I would walk around Camden Market or Portobello Road; I like the street markets a lot.
What is your favourite music venue in London?
My favourite venue is the Jazz Café in Camden. It’s just got such a good vibe. I performed there with Amy [Winehouse – James’ friend for years]. It’s good to perform in because it’s quite small and people are right there in front of you.
What’s your secret London tip for Londoners?
Walk as much as you can. I never get lost because even when I was younger I would go for really long walks. In London there is so much to do, it has a special atmosphere and you get a piece of that if you walk around. Amy’s Dad says I should be a cab driver because I know the all streets.