Hi Jamie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been well thank you, hanging in there in these very weird times.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “She Sings For Me”?
She Sings is a song I wrote with Ben Mark and Jamie Norton in Soho, London. It’s a song about music really. How music is always there for you to turn to in any mood, whether you’re happy or sad music will always have a song that understands how you feel. So the ‘She’ in She Sings For Me is music. That’s what I was hoping to get across anyway, whether I have or not is another question!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t think so, I’m not overly sure where the lyric came from, one of those things that seemed to just tumble out as an idea and we all jumped on it.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
As we’re in a lock down and my skills at video making are extremely limited I think its unlikely. That being said I have created a very home made lyric video for it and done an acoustic version of it too, so there are things to see for the song if you want to track them down, they’ll be on my youtube page.
The single comes off your new album Moving Images – what’s the story behind the title?
I love it when a sentence or word means two things at once, in this instance you have images that move, and images that move you – moving images. I liked that a lot. Hopefully there are examples of both throughout the EP (although I guess maybe not so many of the first one eh).
I can’t remember when it came to me. It seems this lockdown has affected my brain more than I thought!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was good, apart from the song Closure this is the first collection of songs I’ve produced myself. I played and recorded most of the parts myself at my home studio. For that reason it feels like a very personal collection of songs, perhaps more than before, more my version and vision of what it is I do. I have to admit from having a lot of help from long time collaborator Tim Ross. He’s an amazing mix engineer and producer and took a lot of what I suspect were less than average recordings and made them sound great. The only time out of my studio was to record the string section which was a lot of fun, that seemed to help lift these songs up another level.
How did the domestic environment get to influence the music on this record?
Well as I made the EP at home it meant I could stop for a cup of tea any time I wanted. So domestically that was great. It also meant I had to put the rubbish out or load the dish washer too so, you know, swings and roundabouts.
How would you say this record stands as a new chapter for you?
It seems these days you have to be much more available and engaged with your fanbase with the rise of social media and the changes in the way we listen and consume music. For that reason releasing EPs, less music, more often, seemed a good way to go about it, so that’s the plan. Hopefully it’ll be a good way to keep my music coming through. Being back on Lookout Mountain records helps with that as it’s my managers label so we can pretty much do what we want when we want. That’s very freeing and liberating. The old rules of releasing music just aren’t there anymore.
Did the whole social distancing times influenced the writing on this album?
No, it was all written and produced before any of the lockdown came into effect. I think I finished the EP in early January.
What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?
Mainly whether I had the skill to actually produce these songs myself. Early in the making of The Years In Between album I tried to produce some of the initial songs for that but felt quite quickly I wasn’t getting what I wanted and decided I need to work with someone else. For whatever reason something has changed between then and now that has given me the confidence to actually do it, so I’m pretty proud of it.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Inspiration generally comes from working hard at it. You need to keep writing all the time so that when I beautiful idea comes your way you’re ready to pounce on it.
I have a long list of titles in my phone that I turn to sometimes too to get things started off.
What else is happening next in Jamie Lawson’s world?
Well who knows? It doesn’t look like they’ll be any touring this year. I’d like to make another EP and have that out before the end of the year and I think we’re releasing my debut album Last Night Stars on vinyl for the first time on the re-scheduled Record Store Day so that’ll be cool. Hopefully we can get back to touring again next year but I have no idea if it’ll ever be the same or not.