Dot JR – the future King of Pop

James Reeves is not someone who lives by the motto, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

For the past couple of years, the Stornoway folk-pop singer has been marking his card as a supremely gifted acoustic folk-pop songwriter under the guise of Dotjr, recording track after track in his studio and putting them up on his MySpace with prolific regularity.

The beautiful More Than You Know was the first song that drew me in, becoming my third ever Scottish pick in the Music Alliance Pact in December 2008, but there were plenty of other undiscovered gems such as This Is My Life, Forfeit Your Wishes and Your Heart Is An Ocean, while Where Stars Fall Down was even featured in the trailer for What Goes Up, a 2009 movie starring Hilary Duff and Steve Coogan. (It grossed just $5,290 in its opening weekend which explains why you’ve never heard of it.)

More Than You Know

This Is My Life

Forfeit Your Wishes

Your Heart Is An Ocean

Where Stars Fall Down

Despite all that, in November last year Reeves published an online message to his fans and followers in which he boldly announced that he had “decided to change the direction of my music and overall sound”.

He wasn’t kidding.

The two songs which the now-rebranded Dot JR subsequently made public heralded his radical transformation into the sort of super-slick, extravagantly-produced R’n’B sound that daytime Radio 1 can’t get enough of.

The synth/computer-driven Running Around (Moonlight) with its occasionally distorted vocals is destined to be a dancefloor hit and is so cocksure that Reeves can even get away with the lyrics “Cut my hair, I ain’t Samson, don’t lose my strength / So composed even Mozart would be impressed”. Top Of The World, meanwhile, is three minutes of unputdownable pop with an uplifting triumph-over-adversity message that will inevitably be covered and massacred by a future X Factor winner.

Moonlight (Running Around)

Top Of The World

Since then, the doors haven’t stopped opening for Dot JR. Lee O’Hanlon, who previously looked after Dogs Die In Hot Cars, became his manager; he was snapped up by London-based Coda Music Agency, who book tours for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris and Example; he remixed the Tinie Tempah single Wonderman; he was the only artist to make the 2011 ‘ones to watch’ lists of the holy trinity of Vic Galloway, Jim Gellatly and Glasgow PodcART; and he’s currently penning tracks for major label artists with the help of renowned songwriting producers Semothy Jones and The Flash.

Dot JR is a superstar in the making. It’s only a matter of time until the 23-year-old makes good on his potential to be the Scottish Justin Timberlake by ditching the guitar altogether in favour of some choreographed dance moves. Shake it!

UPDATE: (January 27) Dot JR signed a major record deal with Polydor today. Result!

Photo by Alun J Williamson

7 Responses to “Dot JR – the future King of Pop”

  1. Donald Murdo Macleod Says:

    March 4th, 2011 at 03:08

    What is DOT JR? A lot of sell-out bull shit, that’s what… To go from pleasant folk pop to the shiny radio1 crap he’s now coming out with, without the flutter of an eyelid is a confusing pile of pish. JLS, Tinie Tempah and a bloody huge host of other acts are doing exactly the same thing as you are buddy.

    “It’s been a long and hard road”

    Has it?! Has it really?

    Long and hard road, my fucking erse!

    It may have been a road. It’s not been that long. And I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been that hard.

    Radio 1 is horrible to listen to these days. It almost induces nausea with the amount of sickly sweet production and auto-tuned vocals. It’s a bloody shame you have fallen down this path. I’m sure you will tick the boxes though. Good luck with it like. Radio1 will be awash with your Enumber pop soon enough.

  2. island hopper Says:

    March 7th, 2011 at 00:37

    looks like someone went to see a great gig and cant accept the guy is doing well, made a choice to change direction and its worked out.

    Take off your jealous pants now donald and eat shit, yes thats right swallow that bitter pill.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    March 22nd, 2011 at 18:00

    Donald Murdo Macleod is obviously a farce, failed, jelous, miserable and obviously crude and downgrading muppet. How the hell can you judge and comment on someone’s past if you don’t know them? You listen to Dot for seconds and realise this guy has talent, and yes thats why you get onto Radio 1. Yes he will tick all the boxes so stop trying to be a prick. (C) yo(U) (N)ext (T)uesday. I gotJR!!

  4. Diddy Says:

    May 10th, 2011 at 13:16

    That’s looking less likely now having seen his manager’s Facebook and Record of the day site. You can’t behave like that and no pay the price. Silly boy and he was nobad too.

  5. Mike Says:

    May 11th, 2011 at 13:59

    I’ve heard about Harry’s email. What exactly does it say?

  6. DM - DP Says:

    May 12th, 2011 at 09:28

    The truth will out. Ain’t called Diddy Dirty Money for nothing.

  7. Iain Macleod Says:

    July 19th, 2011 at 12:20


    Mike if what I’ve heard is true basically was all conspiring to shaft the manager

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