New Year’s Eve 2016 at the Falls Festival in Lorne saw Jamie T return and smash out a brilliant set on the Valley Stage. Armed with latest album Trick as well as a swag of tunes from across his now four-record strong career, the British muso had the crowds singing along strongly as if he’d never left us. Shortly before his set, we sat down with Jamie for a quick catch up.
With the Australian tour slotting in just as the Trick album cycle approaches its end, Jamie comments on his time on the road and how he’s feeling looking ahead to 2017.
“It’s been a great year,” he says. “It’s been a great couple of years. It’s been moving pretty quick throughout the last couple of years; I’ve been enjoying it more than ever, I think. After having a bit of time away from it, I think you appreciate it more.”
“I’m looking forward to writing most, I think. I’m looking forward to writing songs. I spent a lot of time in the studio with sounds and messing around with that side of it. The first thing I want to do is get on a guitar and write some songs, I’m looking forward to that side of it more at the moment. I don’t know where that ends up, who knows, you know?”
Reflecting on the writing and recording of Trick, Jamie opens up about taking the creative process outside the UK and although he’s unsure about where he’s going to make album #5 at this point, he does know the direction he wants to head in.
“I think I found a new space to write in where I felt busy and I was getting things done really well.”he admits, referring to making Trick in Detroit. Maybe there’s something in it. I’d like to go do that again, but I hadn’t thought where. …It’s certainly a proud place and there’s a lot of cool stuff going on. It’s important to go somewhere where you’re interested by things. For us, I’m against going somewhere to ‘take a sound’ too much. I didn’t want to go to Detroit and make dance records or anything like that, but it’s cool to be in different spaces and meet new people. I think that’s important.”
“We can all make the same records again and again,” he says. “There are always going to be people who want you to do that. I think for the sanity of myself, it’s probably best to move on and do different things. I enjoy doing that, I enjoy doing new stuff and I’m not too bothered with what people think. Life’s too short. It’s been an interesting few years for that; who knows what the next record’s got in store? I’m looking forward to it.”
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Photo by Briana Davis.