Hi, my name is Scott James. When I was 12 I saw Metallica on the MTV Video Music Awards and at that moment I knew I wanted to be a musician. I was transfixed by the energy and the imagery and I wanted in.
With help from my parents, I started playing guitar and set my sights on world domination.
I was from a small town in Rhode Island and was very fortunate that a remarkable man named Joe Walsh dedicated countless hours and resources to my school music program, giving myself and many other the opportunity to perform well-produced shows in front of as many as 500 people.
I also had a great high school music teacher named Ron Runner who could play ever single Rush song on the drums!
In my early 20s I played in a band called Blacklist Union. We organized shows with bands we liked and had a great time playing dive bars in New England.
When the band broke up in 2004 I embarked on a cross-country journey from Rhode Island to Los Angeles to pursue my musical dreams with support from friends and family.
LA was pure magic to me from the moment I arrived. I didn’t know a single person there but it immediately felt like home and I’ve been in love with it ever since.
About a month after I arrived in LA I saw an ad for an operations assistant at Guitar Center Hollywood.
As a kid I really wanted to work a job that related to music. I had applied to a guitar factory and music stores, but the only success I had was to land a part-time job at my favorite local records store, Richie’s CDs and Tapes (which was amazing) at the University of Rhode Island. I was frustrated and at times I felt doomed to working manual labor jobs and in pizza places. I had applied to the Guitar Center in Rhode Island but couldn’t even land an interview. So when I saw that ad I made a decision the and there to do everything in my power to get the gig.
This was a position that required an extraordinary amount of trust. It meant counting the money and protecting the merchandise at the busiest music store in the world at it’s peak. It was general policy for the company to hire from within for the position, but operations manager Bobby Serrato (thank you, Bobby!) decided to go out on a limb and post an ad.
I went to Melrose ave. and bought a Jimi Hendrix neck tie and everything else I thought I needed and could afford, to look the part. I rehearsed every interview question I could conceive of.
After three interviews I was hired. Looking back, this was a pivotal moment for me. Many things in my life trace back to GC Hollywood from 2004-2006.
Through that job I met some lifelong friends, many of my musical heroes and some future bandmates.
In 2006 I began playing with an artist named Vaja who I met at the store.
We recorded an EP with “No Doubt” drummer Adrian Young and played all the clubs on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. For a period of time I honestly believed we’d be touring arenas. We were able to generate some label interest, but ultimately it didn’t work out for me and I moved on.
After playing with Vaja I went on to do some film score, work in music licensing, built websites for musicians and blogged.
In 2010 I attended a seminar called “Patterns of Personality” by Eben Pagan and Wyatt Woodsmall that ignited a passion for an understanding personality type.
At the seminar I met two people who would become my mentors in this field, Camronn Huff and Antonia Dodge.
Camronn and Antonia were pioneers in the realm of a theory of personality popularly known as Myers-Briggs. They were the first to effectively develop the discipline of determining people’s Myers-Briggs Type through observation and live interviews, as opposed to a static test, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
in 2012 I embarked on a 6 month training program with them to become a personality profiler. What I learned changed my life.
I found a way to understand myself and other people in a way that I never had before. I finally understood that so much of the isolation and disconnect I struggled with in my life was simply a matter of being fundamentally different and that I was just lacking the perspective and language to translate my inner experience – and that the fundamental differences in how my brain worked actually made perfect sense and that I could learn how to explain myself in a satisfying way and to understand others on the same level.
Ultimately this helped me overcome intense social anxiety that had plagued me throughout my life and set me on a path to feeling connected, empowered and fulfilled.
During the pandemic I started weekly singalongs to brighten the spirits in my neighborhood in Hollywood with my fellow Intuitive musician friends, Curtis Murphy and Micah Electric.
I’m profoundly grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the countless incredible experiences I’ve had. It gives me a deep sense of fulfillment to share with other musicians the insights and wisdom I’ve picked up on my journey. With that spirit I’ve created INtuitive Musician.