YMX: can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.
JJ: I am a solo Artist currently based in South-East London. Although this is a solo project my whole ethos is to make music with my friends who have all contributed into the Jim Jam sound. The songs I have written have been developed over many years of consistent and thorough experimenting within the traditional singer-songwriter mould. My writing and musical journey has taken me from working on the rural farm in Wiltshire of my childhood to performing in local drinking holes around Kingston and Surbiton. 2020 has bought with it a new chapter to my music and one I am very excited about.
YMX: some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
JJ: I am a big fan of the folk singers of the 60’s and 70s and the sounds of such artists as Bert Jansch are never forgotten when writing. My songs that have now taken on a life encompassing more modern inspirations such as Beck and Damien Jurado. Based around soft vocal lines sitting alongside acoustically written songs that are starting to incorporate electronic sounds are perhaps reminiscent of artists such as Jose Gonzalez.
YMX: who have been your biggest influences so far?
JJ: I really struggle with that question. I listen to such a wide variety of music and like to think everything I hear gives me a different perspective. But I always revert back to artists in the singer-songwriter mould and I’d find it hard to look past Neil Young.
YMX: you recently released SINGLE/ALBUM ‘NAME’. Can you tell us how that project came about? JJ: I work in the music industry, particularly in live music so it’s been a really hard time. The live scene has just evaporated which is hard for a lover of music as well as someone who makes a living out of it. I feel more fortunate than a lot of my friends who I know have been hit hard, and it still seems we’re a way off resuming any normality within a live musical environment.
YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, but the music industry and arts in general took a heavy hit. How did you guys cope with that, musically speaking?
JJ: I work in the music industry, particularly in live music so it’s been a really hard time. The live scene has just evaporated which is hard for a lover of music as well as someone who makes a living out of it. I feel more fortunate than a lot of my friends who I know have been hit hard, and it still seems we’re a way off resuming any normality within a live musical environment.
YMX: Do you consider important working together in a team, or do you prefer working alone?
JJ: I very much do both. I love working with my friends in the studio and collaborating on sound ideas within the recording process. But all the music I write is on my own. I definitely write better in my own company, and do enjoy the solitary space for writing alone.
YMX: What are you looking for, in terms of promotion? What do you think could be helpful to promote your music around?
JJ: I enjoy the music I make and really hope others enjoy listening to it. Just getting the music out to as many people who would have otherwise never heard it is really exciting. I hope by getting a fair evaluation of my sound from publications such as yours with really gain some ears that enjoy my music as well.
YMX: what does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?
JJ: playing live can really help develop the songs before they finally get recorded, and can really represent how you want your songs to be heard. For growth as an artist it is pretty essential. Admittedly times are pretty hard for releasing music and not being in a position to perform them as before.
8 – Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
Well I have another single called ‘Work’ which I hope to get released soon with more songs to hopefully follow this year. And as soon as we’re allowed I’d love to get out and play some live shows.