Isaac James was raised around master musicians and has been playing music all of his life. Drumming and other forms of music have always come natural to him. At age 6 he began studying with some of the best African Congolese master drummers in the world; (Ferdinand) Batantu Dia Nkaba, Titos Sompa, Massengo Constant, Samba Ngo and Borrina Mapaka are just a few of his musical mentors.
In 2003 Isaac travelled to Senegal, West Africa to study djembe with master drummer Mamadou Sidibe, and to connect with other West African artists.
As a teenager, Isaac was mentored by master Jazz guitarist Steve Homan. During this time Isaac studied with world-renowned upright bassist Bill Douglass. In addition to playing upright bass Isaac also plays acoustic and electric bass. Isaac studied with Jamaican Reggae drummer Kenny Porter, and World renowned percussionist Daniel Moreno. Isaac plays drum kit , congas, djembe, bongos, Ngoma as well as many other percussion instruments including udu, kalimba, & digeridoo.