INTERVIEW: Jazz Morley

Pic by Jack Margerison

Hi Jazz, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Really well thanks. Literally just got home from my tour supporting Lisa Stansfield. Amazing couple of weeks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lights”?

I wrote this immediately after nearly being hit by a Lorry in Spain. We were on our way to my friend and producer Brad Mair’s house – he had picked us up from the airport and his car broke down just on the inside of a big dark tunnel. There wasn’t a hard shoulder and before we had time to jump out the car, we caught sight of a lorry in the rear view mirror heading straight towards us at full speed. He must have only seen us at the very last second as he missed our car by an inch. We went back to the studio in total shock but ended up writing ‘Lights’ – a song about feeling like you’ve been given a second chance, and wanting to really live life to the full from this moment onwards. Which, admittedly, I have been doing!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was amazing. I made it with a really talented director and videographer called Josh Fletcher. He came down to see me in Bournemouth and we went straight to the beach and almost made it up as we went along. We had a loose idea of the plot, and a strong sense of the mood we wanted to create, but we just improvised and got really stuck in. The scene at the end was a group of my close friends which was really special. Of course it ended in a party afterwards!

The single comes off your new EP Parallel World – what’s the story behind the title?

Parallel World is a song I wrote quite a few years ago about being the ‘Other Woman’. I was infatuated with a guy who was in a relationship at the time; he kept telling me he wanted to be with me, but never made the leap. In hindsight it was for the best. The situation bred a lot of turmoil, but I’m glad for it – ‘Parallel World’ is still one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote some of the songs on the EP by myself, and the others I wrote with Brad out in Spain. We recorded it all out there in his beautiful home studio right at the top of the Catalonian hills. It’s such a relaxed, peaceful place.

What role does Bournemouth play in your music?

The sea really inspires me. Whenever I was having problems or experiencing dilemmas growing up, my Dad would grab me by the hand and march me to the beach, whatever the weather, for a massive walk. The act of strolling side by side with somebody, looking ahead and breathing in the sea air is so conducive to getting your thoughts and feelings out into the open. When we got home my mind always felt clear and the problems seemed to compartmentalize themselves tidily in my brain. The sea has remained an essential part of my life ever since. If I’m by the sea, on the sea, in the sea… I’m OK.

What is it to have the likes of Elton John as fan of your music?

For him to say what he did about my songs was just unbelievable. He’s such an avid supporter of new music, as well as being a huge inspiration to me! Next step is to sing on stage with him I guess… 😉

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration for my songs comes from the way I feel and the things I encounter in my life or in the lives of those around me. Whenever I feel strongly about something I tend to write a song about it. It acts a form of therapy, which comes in handy for somebody who feels things very deeply!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve literally just returned from a 2 week tour around the UK and Europe. I can’t wait to do more touring – I love the way of life and I thrive off the fluid nature of it. Being somewhere new everyday makes me feel so free and being on the stage is my favourite thing in the world.

What else is happening next in Jazz Morley’s world?

I’ve got my biggest headline show to date in London at OMEARA on 26th November. I’m so excited for it! Then next year I’m hoping my debut album is going to come together… along with more performing and meeting amazing people. I can’t wait.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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