Have you and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess swapped meditation tips?
No, but there is a simpatico of understanding. When Jimmy [Glennie] from the band and I started meditating in 1982 it was unheard of for people in rock bands to meditate.
You had big hits in the 1990s with the likes of Sit Down and Born Of Frustration. How has the record industry changed?
The internet, which meant people stopped buying records and downloaded them for free. Now it’s streaming, with little remuneration to the artists.
Your last two albums did well commercially…
We had a No.2 and a No.6 – but they both lost money. They help in that they get people to realise we’re still making exciting music and get them to come to our gigs.
What lessons has your career in the music industry taught you?
It’s taught me to follow my passion. Friends and family thought I was crazy when I stuck with the band for seven years when we were making no money at all. But it came through for us.
■ James play a UK tour with The Charlatans from tomorrow until Sunday. They headline their own in March, wearejames.com