Sometimes you run across an artist who manages to pack a lifetime of emotional experiences into a 2:51 song. Jamie Knox is that kind of musician.
Hailing from South London, where he performed at sold out venues, this talented performer has settled into the seaside town of Brighton, finding himself in the middle of a vibrant music scene. He’s honed his talent playing and learning from other artists, and he strives to challenge himself and his audience.
He released a three song EP last year, and his second EP, the Moon and I, just dropped at the end of April. With powerful lyrics and a sound that’s impossible to pigeonhole, Jamie Knox is a musician skilled at creating music that captures your attention, and your heart.
Kept an eye on this one. He’s going to go far.
Fr.U.N.T. Music had the opportunity to ask Jamie Knox a few questions and he was gracious enough to take the time to chat with us.
Cardiac_in_Overdrive: I read that you have a guitar case that once belonged to Pete Townshend? How did that happen?
Jamie Knox: When I was 17 I got my first nice guitar. It was a beautiful ‘Martin’ (if you’re into your acoustic guitars) and I was lugging it around in an unpadded case. I showed it to my guitar teacher and he was shocked I hadn’t got a proper case. So he dug me out an old one that had been donated to my school. I noticed all these stickers on it saying ‘this side up, Pete’s acoustic’. I asked my guitar teacher and it turned out Pete Townshend was the one who gave it up, it’s one of my most prized possessions.
CiO: Busking can be a pretty hardcore way to gain experience as a performer. What did you learn from your time busking?
JK: Yeah busking can be pretty brutal and at first it’s a little intimidating but it can be a good baptism of fire. After a while, you become assimilated into the furniture of the street, sometimes someone will listen for a while or share a few words of encouragement, which after being ignored by 2000 people you really appreciate. I learnt a lot about performance and I highly recommend it as a place to start even if it can leave you exposed.
CiO: Brighton has an amazing and thriving music scene. How is it different from the scene in London, and what drew you to it?
JK: I came down here to study in Brighton; it’s a cool place with a lot going on. I like that it’s busy like London, there’s always something going on and some great gigs, it’s a hard scene to get started in but there are some exciting opportunities. People are friendlier in Brighton than in London, I find it funny when friends come to London and find it intimidating but there’s some truth in that it’s not the same relaxed atmosphere as Brighton.
CiO: You’ve performed and worked with an array of musicians; who has been most inspiring to you?
JK: I went on a songwriting course with a singer-songwriter called Tom Baxter he taught me a lot, he was fantastic and really inspiring. He’d developed all sorts of writing techniques that changed the way I thought about songwriting. There’ve been a lot of fantastic people I’ve worked with, a lot of talented people that I’ve been in bands with. I don’t want to name drop but a friend of mine who plays in a band that’s getting huge right now drew the amazing artwork for my new EP. That kind of versatility of talent is inspiring!
CiO: What do you hope that your audience takes away from your music at the end of a show?
JK: If someone walks away from a show with some of my tunes rattling around their head (in a good way) that’s great. I hope that people just enjoy themselves, we can get pretty heavy for this genre so there’s some good Rock and Roll for those who are into that. A lot of the songs mean a lot to me so if it hits someone on an emotional level, that means a lot to me, that’s what my favourite artists do for me.
CiO: What are your hopes for the next year, in terms of your music?
JK: I’d want to record an album but another EP beforehand is still on the cards. I’d like to tour Europe and try and get to the US, we’ll be playing London again very soon. Over the next 6 months, I’m going to keep writing and recording. I’m sitting on some new songs but I’m still working on the arrangement with my lovely band and I want to get the recordings right before I let them go anywhere BUT there’s definitely a new single on it’s way in the not too distant future.
His new EP, The Moon and I, dropped on April 29th and is available at iTunes and other music retailers.
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)