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Performing in 2008 Barcelona,Spain
|Birth name||James William Hince|
|Also known as||Hotel|
December 19, 1968 |
|Genres||Post-punk, Garage rock, Indie rock|
|Instruments||guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, vocals|
|Associated acts||The Kills, Fiji, Scarfo, Blyth Power|
James William Hince (born 19 December 1968 in Buckinghamshire) is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the indie rock duo The Kills. He started his musical career in bands called Fiji, Scarfo, and Blyth Power. He co-founded The Kills with American singer Alison Mosshart in 2000. In The Kills, Hince is known as "Hotel" and Mosshart is known as "VV."
Before the two had met, Mosshart overheard Hince playing music in an upstairs flat during Mosshart's European tour with Discount. They finally met up, and started playing around with some music ideas. After Mosshart went back to Florida, she continued writing songs with Jamie, by sending her ideas overseas to London, where he lived. Mosshart saved her money and eventually moved to London. The duo officially started. They first performed as VV and Hotel, in a club in SoHo in London. As of the origins of the names VV and Hotel, Hince said that he and Mosshart "got drunk one day and named each other off the top of our heads as a stupid romantic ode to the pop art scene." Later, after each wrote multiple band name ideas on typewriters, Mosshart and Hince decided on a new name, The Kills. The Kills first released the Black Rooster EP in 2002 on Domino Records. Next came their first full-length album, Keep On Your Mean Side in 2003. In 2005, The Kills released their second album No Wow, a single from the album, The Good Ones, became their highest charting single yet, reaching #23 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2008, their third album, Midnight Boom was released, and spawned the hits Sour Cherry, Black Balloon and Tape Song. It was during this time that The Kills supported The Raconteurs on tour, which led Mosshart to join a blues rock band, The Dead Weather. Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Blood Pressures was released in 2011. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the best albums of 2011. They have since been touring, with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters as supporting acts.
Hince is married to model Kate Moss. In 2008, The Sun reported that Hince and Moss became engaged during a trip to Amsterdam. Hince proposed to her in bed with a vintage 1920s ring worth more than £10,000. They wed on 1 July 2011 at St Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire.
- Scarfo (November 1995)
- Luxury Plane Crash (July 1997)
Studio albums with The Kills
- Britton, Amy (2011-11-17). Revolution Rock: The Albums Which Defined Two Ages. AuthorHouse. pp. 327–. ISBN 9781467887106. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Jamie Hince Interview". Tumblr. Retrieved 3 August 2012.