James Atlas showed an interest in music from an early age. As a child, everything around him was either a musical instrument or a household item that was repurposed as one.
He went on to study music at WAAPA in Australia and Berklee College of Music in Boston. This led to a career as a drummer, playing in many bands. He moved to San Francisco and realized he wanted to make his own music. Atlas seamlessly combines the natural and beautiful sounds of the acoustic guitar with modern electronic samples. He combines these elements with another fascination of his, science fiction and space.