Hello everyone and welcome back to The Band Interview Of The Day! Today is not technically a band but an artist. Today we are chatting with the art Jamie also known for his project Jacob And The Starry Eyed Shadows! Let’s dive right in!
If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
Hi there. My name is Jamie and I am a singer songwriter from the west coast of Scotland. My music is kind of indie/pop/rock. I’ve been writing songs and playing in bands since I was a kid and my current project is called Jacob and the Starry Eyed Shadows. The focus of this project is all the songs I’ve written solo over the years; revisiting them, improving them and getting them released officially.
How did you all meet?
It’s just me at the minute. It would be good to have some bandmates to play with in the near future, so it’s something I’m thinking about. Even more so desirable since a year of lockdowns and not being able to spend time with people properly. I’m not the most sociable of people, but I do love collaborating with people creatively.
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was about ten. I started writing songs in my teens, which is when I also started playing in bands and performing. Playing in bands continued long after, mostly playing covers but some original material also. The solo song-writing was something that was always going on the background as a kind of personal therapy.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
My songs tend to have a kind of defiant theme/feeling about them, so let’s go with ‘defiant’ first. In their defiance they also tend to be hopeful, so I’d say ‘hopeful’. And finally, let’s ‘soulful’ as it’s often described by others as that. As I said before, it’s basically indie/pop/rock. But I like to think of music in terms of what drives it creatively. I never sit and think ‘I want it to sound like this’, it’s just whatever theme or emotions that drive it forward. And then what it sounds like follows naturally on.
What are your musical influences?
So many. I love mostly rock music. Always been a huge Springsteen fan, Manic Street Preachers, Green Day and things like that. But I also love a lot of soul/Motown, jazz, folk and hip hop. Other big influences are Billie Holiday, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, I Am Kloot, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Sam Cooke, Less Than Jake. All kinds of stuff.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
I’m not really sure. I can’t think of anything right now. My music, and the music I’ve been involved with in the past, can be rocky for sure, but it’s not the wildest!
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
It will be nice to both play and hear some live music after all this. So anywhere there’s good music! But my favourite venue to visit to see bands is the Barrowlands in Glasgow.
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Ooooh, tough one. I only really buy music I really like so I don’t have a lot of stuff I would deem embarrassing. Certainly no albums. There was a Beyonce song I liked and downloaded once. I can’t even remember the name of it. I’m not sure if that’s embarrassing or not? It’s certainly not the kind of thing I would normally listen to, but it was a good tune.
What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Last few weeks I’ve been listening to a lot of Bon Iver again. ‘For Emma’ is one of my all time favourite albums and that’s been back on a few times the last couple of weeks.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Yeah, absolutely. One song has just been released. It’s called ‘We Are Everything (and that’s alright)’ and is available on all major streaming platforms. So check it out. And I have another new song coming out in June so keep a look our for that. I’ll be releasing songs periodically and working up to releasing an EP at some point in the hopefully not too distant future.
Check out ‘We Are Everything (and that’s alright)’ below.
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