James Valentine Announces Departure With JJAMZ
|JJAMZ in 2012.|
Despite his brief and hasty participation in JJAMZ's forthcoming studio album, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine confirmed that he is indeed parting ways with the indie pop band.
After Valentine was interviewed by guitar magazine Premier Guitar yesterday (Wed, Jan. 21) online where fans asked the guitarist and JJAMZ co-founder questions about his life and career, a few fans were eager to ask when Valentine and the rest of JJAMZ were releasing new material.
Here's Valentine's response to the JJAMZ concerns:
The new album is being mixed now and will be coming out on Warner Brothers in 2015. It is being produced by the great Mike Elizondo, who Maroon also had the pleasure of working with on It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Unfortunately, I am not as involved this time around, as my Maroon 5 duties took over this past year. You could say it’s just JAMZ now. (JJAMZ stands for Jason, James, Alex, Michael and Z—the band’s members). But I still co-wrote a few of the songs and played on a few tracks. It started out as a side project for all of us, but as everyone else’s bands broke up, it’s grown up into a real band. I’m real proud of them.
As confirmed above, Valentine took a minor part in playing guitar and co-writing for the upcoming JJAMZ effort, however will not be touring or supporting the album with the rest of the band in 2015.
JJAMZ formed in late 2009 with members Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Michael Runion, and Z Berg of The Like, and later James Valentine in 2011. The Los Angeles indie quintet released their major label debut album Suicide Pact in July of 2012 through Dangerbird Recordings. The band is expected to drop their Suicide Pact follow-up sometime this summer on Warner Bros.
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