As a child growing up in Southampton, James Heather’s Grandad on one side of the family taught him composition and how to manipulate the tuning of piano strings, whilst his Granny on the other used to dabble with dreamy improvisations on the instrument. Inspired by a love of Beethoven and Debussy, Heather spent many years honing composition before stepping out, to be able to bring a fresh take to solo piano music, taking influence as much from electronic music in structure, ambience and melody with a classical and jazz grounding.
In June 2017 Heather started to release music officially via Ahead Of Our Time - Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s resurrected first label and playground for free expression / experimentation. First came “Modulations: EP1”, seven tracks which were written and recorded at different times and in various headspaces. Next came his debut album “Stories From Far Away On Piano” in August 2017, a more unified conceptual piece of work then presented by a follow up of high-calibre remixes and alternate versions titled ‘Reworks’ in 2018. The new album contains a selection of tracks from ‘Modulations: EP 1’ and ‘Stories From Far Away On Piano’ including reworks by DJ Seinfeld, Aparde, Mary Lattimore and Sarah Davachi and brand new additional string quartet versions by James Heather himself.