James Porter graduated with Honor from Musicians Institute, LA in 1992 Returning to the UK, James began teaching and playing in local bands, touring Holland and Germany with the band Powerhouse. In 1995, James relocated to Guildford, 45 minutes south of London to head up the drum department of the Academy of Contemporary Music, now EuropeeeeÃs leading contemporary music school (www.acm.ac.uk). During this time, James had the oversight of writing curriculum for a 1 year and 2 year full time programs, which were subsequently accredited by Middlesex University. James also had the opportunity to perform with Bruce Dickinson (Little Angels) and Paul Geary (Lisa Stansfield, George Michael).
In 1998, James worked for the Avedis Zildjian Company as International Artist Relations & Promotions Manager. He began a three and a half year season touring with many great drummers such as Dave Weckl, Manu Katche, John "JR" Robinson, Akira Jimbo, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, among many others. 2001 saw a big change with a move to South Africa with his family in tow where James quickly gained a reputation as a drummer. A recording session with a local artist got him noticed by South African Music Association nominee Cofield Mundi. He recorded on her first album in 2002 and in particular on the hit singles "River," "Count Me Out" and "Shine." Cofield has recently completed her second album, The Big Question produced by Brian O'Shea (Cucumber Zoo, Seether). James is also playing for Liesl Graham. Liesl had a No.1 single on 5Fm with All Roads and has also just released her second album Chrysalis, produced by Nick Els. May 2002 and 2003, James was playing drums for the Transformations Global Day of Prayer, an event broadcast worldwide and attended by over 30,000 people.
The highlight of James' career thus far was the Cofield Mundi band opening for the 2006 Mandela Tribute Concert 46664, sharing the stage with Queen, Annie Lennox, India Arie and Katie Malua to name but a few. In addition to teaching over 25 drum students, James plays for Retief Burger, Luidkidz, Helena Smith and Neville D, runs his own recording studio and independent record label, laying drum tracks for many of his clients. James is honored to be associated with Zildjian cymbals and Tama drums.