James McVey is a very lucky man. At just 23 years old, he has had the kind of career that many aspiring musicians can only dream of. Discovered by an agent back in 2012, he has gone on to form part of one of the most successful pop rock bands of the last few years, The Vamps, and has travelled round the world playing to packed arenas and brushing shoulders with the stars.
But it hasn’t always been easy. Earlier this year, James revealed that he has struggled with his mental health while playing with The Vamps, as the understandable stress of touring took its toll on his thoughts. He felt isolated for a long time and even considered leaving the band, but it all changed when he opened up to his close friends and his bandmate Brad Simpson about how he was feeling. Since then, James has been an advocate for the discussion mental health amongst the younger generation.
In the second part of our exclusive interview, James opens up about the difficulties of life on the road and the advice he would give to his younger self about the importance of allowing yourself to be emotional. We also hear about his musical evolution over his years in the band, and what’s coming up on the horizon. Watch the interview below…