This extended play album was a popular breakthrough EP by Northampton-based musician James Chapman. Chapman, or his band/stage name “Maps”, is a lone wolf in the music industry. “Start Something Special” was self-produced on a 16-track recorder, but quickly gained recognition as a quality addition to the retro rock/pop genre. Maps’ sound reaches back to the evolution in the early 80′s from dance and funk, to technologically-based pop and punk. Upon hearing tracks like “Lost My Soul” and “Let Go of the Fear”, one immediately hears the influence of mega-monster bands like Eurythmics and the Human League. Champan’s music is fun, mildy otherworldly, never uninteresting (which is difficult to achieve with very strict duple meters) and is well-suited to a home system or a large concert venue. Maps is constructing a current busy touring schedule, but most of the new musical projects are still a personal undertaking by Chapman himself. Maps’ music is the obvious work of one very focused personality. Maps achieved a number 26 rating on NME’s top 50 singles in 2006, http://www.tvsavings.org, and presently, Maps’ videos are becoming an emerging online phenomenon. Maps’ music and videos can be sampled and purchased on many popular media websites.

Chapman’s First Album Was We Can Create

A History of Northampton Based Band Maps
Maps is the musical project of British musician Jason Chapman. Chapman broke on the UK music scene in 2006. Critics describe the music of Maps as shoegaze, indie, psych-folk and electronica. It was not long before Jason Chapman signed with legendary independent label Mute Records. His first recordings were an extended player called Start Something, which was self-released in 2006. He released Start Something on his record Continue reading

The band called Maps is the brainchild and work of a musician named James Chapman. Chapman who lives in Northampton, Mass., put this band on the map with the band’s chart-climbing single, “My Lost Soul,” which climbed to No. 26 on the charts in 2006. Also that year the band released the single, “Don’t Fear.”

The single, “My Lost Soul” is the result of work that Chapman did with the band under his own recording label, Last Space Recordings. The track was Continue reading

No one would blame you if you never heard of Maps. Even with all the music channels I can get through www.Cable.TV, I still hadn’t heard of him until one day when I accidentally clicked on the wrong link. A Northampton-based UK indie musician with everything to prove, Maps isn’t half bad.

Most new fans, aside from wanting to know where this man has been all their lives, have one question on their minds: How did you come up with Maps? Why Maps for the name of a music group?

This question has caused quite a bit of controversy and no shortage of disagreement amongst the fan base. James Chapman, the man behind Maps, has only stoked the fires of conjecture and passion as he remains evermore tight-lipped on the issue.

Most fans agree that the name Maps isn’t meant so much as a literal reference to maps but as an homage to what maps represent. Maps offer guidance and help people find their way from Point A to Point B and back again. Maps show us the way.

Some fans believe James Chapman took on the name “Maps” in order to exemplify his true calling in life – to help people find what they are looking for. To inspire through song.

“MAPS Is Northampton Based Musician James Chapman.”

There is an artist, James Chapman who uses the stage name Maps when he produces his records. He was born in Northampton, England. If you love music which includes Shoegazing, Indie rock and Electronica, you will love Maps. Chapman has been recording since 2006, and one of his musical compositions is entitled “Start Something” which was recorded on his own label. Chapman produces his music himself, and it is in extended play form. Another popular single that Chapman recorded was “Lost My Soul” which climbed up Continue reading

Maps is the stage name for James Chapman, an acoustic guitarist from North Hampton in the UK, who has received critical acclaim for his single, “Lost My Soul,” which reached 26th on the New Musical Express chart. The song is very reflective and direc,t with a mellow harmony that gradually gains momentum at the end. His record label, Last Space Recordings, offers acoustic music lovers the right mix of moving lyrics and catchy melodies. He began releasing his songs in 2006 and shows no signs of Continue reading

James Chapman’s label has produced many top ten groups on his music label. Lately, he has been working with the super group Maps. They originally were a group of five, but some changes had to be made due to recent events this past week.Two people decided that they wanted to pursue other opportunities- which brought the group down to three. Although two members left the band, they still have managed to produce three number one hits. Their biggest hit to date is “We Are Number One!”. Continue reading

James Chapman, who goes by the name of Maps as a recording artist, first released the EP Start Something Special in 2006 on his own label. The recording was done on a 16 track machine and released by Last Space Recordings, which is Chapman’s own label. After its release it gained some notice by a few critics and the song Lost My Soul from the EP was the single that was given the most attention. In fact it was rated as one of the best singles of the year by New Musical Express, a popular music magazine in Continue reading

This extended play album was a popular breakthrough EP by Northampton-based musician James Chapman. Chapman, or his band/stage name “Maps”, is a lone wolf in the music industry. “Start Something Special” was self-produced on a 16-track recorder, but quickly gained recognition as a quality addition to the retro rock/pop genre.

Maps’ sound reaches back to the evolution in the early 80′s from dance and funk, to technologically-based pop and punk. Upon hearing tracks like “Lost My Soul” and “Let Go of the Fear”, one immediately hears the influence of mega-monster bands Continue reading