James Gadon is a Canadian Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Producer and Filmmaker who graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a degree in Psychology. Since graduating from Bowdoin, James has worked in the entertainment industry and furthered his education by obtaining The Osgoode Hall Law School Certification in Entertainment Law through York University.
James writes, records and produces independently, with the Toronto rock band, 'The Hollowbodies' and with the electronic pop duo 'Sunrise in the Desert'. He also composes music for film and television and licenses original songs through his publishing business, 'Route 84 Music Inc.'. In 2017, James was a FACTOR Juror where he assisted with reviewing music grant applications for Canadian artists.
In 2010, James' song 'Profit Man' was a Top 5 Finalist in the CBC Radio 3 David Suzuki Songwriting Contest Playlist For The Planet. In 2012, James and The Hollowbodies released their debut album to a capacity crowd at Toronto's Drake Hotel and supported the record by performing across Southern Ontario. James' song and video 'Town Without a Name' was also chosen as 1 of 8 nationwide for The 2013 Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.
In 2013, James scored an episode of 'Reelside', a documentary television series that explores the Canadian Entertainment industry. His episode was focused on photographer Caitlin Cronenberg (directed by Sarah Gadon) and it premiered on The Movie Network and Movie Central on June 4, 2015. He also appeared in his first film, performing an original song in a scene for The National Screen Institute Film, 'Pretend We're Kissing' starring Zoe Kravitz.
2016 was a breakout year for James as he wrote and produced songs on 2 different releases with both of his bands. James wrote 6 of the 9 songs on The Hollowbodies' sophomore album 'When The Lights Go Out' and co-wrote all 3 songs with Tan Ciyiltepe for Sunrise in the Desert's self-titled debut EP. In July, James and The Hollowbodies released, 'When The Lights Go Out' by playing back to back sold out release shows at The Burdock in Toronto while his grunge rock inspired song 'Malibu' received airplay on Canadian radio. With momentum from the release, James and The Hollowbodies traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where they played to a capacity crowd in the coveted hour-long Spotlight at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.
During the summer of 2016, James' song, 'Bang Bang' (Co-written with Tan Ciyiltepe and recorded by Sunrise in the Desert) was licensed for a nationwide CBC Olympic Sync Advertisement. The song generated significant buzz and The YouTube video gathered over 20,000 views. 'Bang Bang' was also featured on the Y108 Indie Rocks Show with Sloan's 'Summer's My Season'. Shortly following the exposure of Bang Bang, James' piano ballad, 'Dream Tonight' recorded by The Hollowbodies, was used in another nationwide CBC Paralympic Sync Advertisement produced by Tim Thompson.
With these nationwide licenses, James was offered an official invitation to showcase at The 2017 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas with both The Hollowbodies and Sunrise in the Desert.