Thursday, 26 January 2012

Interview With Jay James Picton




Whether or not Jay James Picton's musical output to date has appealed to your personal taste, it is undeniable that his journey to get to this point has been an interesting, and unpredictable one. Just a few years ago he was personal training within the Navy. He paid very little attention to music, and had next to no knowledge of legends and icons, let alone the current stars of the industry - I will let Jay James tell you via our interview below what series of events lead him to his current position as an extremely busy singer/songwriter.....

Seeing that his current scenario is in part down to serendipity, unforeseen circumstances and coincidence, his future career is likely to be one littered with surprises. Although if you have witnessed his soulful tones, you could be forgiven for saying that fate has had a heavy hand in nudging him towards the stage.

Now, I don't want to appear too hyperbolic or gushy, but if his raw talent for singing had remained undiscovered it would have been travesty! Thankfully, however accidently, he found this new career path, and he is now finding his feet within this highly saturated and competitive industry. He is happy to admit that not all aspects of his new role have come completely natural to him. But one area where he appears to flourish is with his writing of personal and exposing lyrics. It is not uncommon, but a strange phenomenon that many artists found it tricky to express themselves prior to their musical endeavors - he is most definitely a prime example of this. But this new, and healthy clarity definitely makes for a winning formula. There are artists, like Adele and Amy Winehouse, that find success not just for their stunning vocal abilities. Their willingness to translate personal heartbreak into music, and most devastatingly through lyrics, is what has cemented them in hearts of the CD/Download buying public. Speaking of both the touching and turbulent facets of a relationship, in a manner that everyone can relate to in some way will get you so far, but knowing that it comes from a real place is what will really draw audiences in.

Through his three part music film Heads vs Hearts, he has not only found a visual way to showcase his impassioned music, the sounds accompany a stylishly constructed  love story, featuring issues most of us have faced in one way or another in past/present relationships.

Signed to Decca alongside previous Culture Compass interviewee Jodie Marie, he will likely be granted the freedom to develop organically, rather than being moulded into the 'perfect popstar'  by some big boss like figures with money signs in their eyes . He doesn't  want to be told what type of artists he is or what genre to perform, and it feels like to the formulation of Jay James Picton the artist is still an exciting work in progress.

Yesterday I sat down with the tattooed singer in amongst the designer garb of the Cavalli Room at Purple Pr HQ. As well as talking about his obscure journey so far, we chatted about working with the legendary Booker T, being authentic, his upcoming dates with Rebecca Ferguson, and making his debut album.. as well as his suitably ambitious hopes for festival season!

I'm not a gambling woman, but I would be happy to put a large chunk of money (if i had any) on the fact that this chap is going to be a rather big deal. So wise up and catch him on the way up!!



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