Heymus has a flamboyant personality and a knack for saying and playing it as it is. Over the years he has developed his own rhythmic, alt-country/blues approach to acoustic performance.
After more than 10 years performing in pubs and clubs around Adelaide and Australia, Heymus is set to release his first official ep 'Signal Girl' due to be released 1st February 2013. This ep features one of Laura Hill's bandits, Craig 'Grace' Kelly on double bass.
Besides South Australia, James has also performed interstate in Melbourne (Bar Open, Retreat Hotel, Revolver Upstairs) and Brisbane (Trubadore). He has also performed in Phoenix, USA and in February 2004, while in the US, he recorded four songs for an ep titled Machine Make Music.
More recently Heymus has taken to the streets and markets as a busker, which has given more freedom for self-expression.
When Heymus is performing you can tell that music is something he enjoys and is a huge part of his life and self. Just give him a mic and a guitar and watch him do what comes totally naturally, entertain the masses, or whoever happens to be around.
With a great lust for live performance Heymus will have you forgetting who’s buying the next round and leave you content in your decision to get out of the house. If the song is not about love it's about a suburb or a night that never ended.
Some of his influences include Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith, You Am I, Bob Dylan, Custard, Belle and Sebastian, Weezer, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Kinks, Dean Martin, Otis Redding, Bon Iver and Tom Waits.