The 405 Session: Jeremy Warmsley
On a rather rainy day in London town, The 405 team (Samantha, Will & Myself) headed down to the awesome Boogaloo Bar in Highgate to film the wonderful Jeremy Warmsley perform a special acoustic session. After the torrential rain that almost put a stop to Alessi's session last week, this week's shower was laughable. Unfortunately we had a different obstacle to overcome...a busy road in London during rush hour. Thankfully it wasn't too overpowering and it sort of makes it sound ... (continued)
On a rather rainy day in London town, The 405 team (Samantha, Will & Myself) headed down to the awesome Boogaloo Bar in Highgate to film the wonderful Jeremy Warmsley perform a special acoustic session. After the torrential rain that almost put a stop to Alessi's session last week, this week's shower was laughable. Unfortunately we had a different obstacle to overcome...a busy road in London during rush hour. Thankfully it wasn't too overpowering and it sort of makes it sound like we're at the beach! Lovely. We hope you enjoy it!
Unfortunately by the time the interview came about, the sound was unbearable. So instead of a rather dodgy video, we've decided to make it a written interview.
Will) Hows your year been so far?
Jeremy) Good. Good and varied.
W) You're about to perform at the intimate Boogaloo Bar...
J) This isn't it, this is the shelter of the bar. The bar is that way (points left)
W) Through there!
J) It's got a piano. It's nice.
W) Do you often get to play a place with this sort of character?
J) I guess it's rare in London. I tend to play slightly bigger venues I guess. When I tour the regions it can be small places like this bug sheds, It's all a variety. To be honest I don't really care where I play as long as there's a few people to see the show.
W) Next month you'll be playing at the Union Chapel, part of the Transgressive anniversary night. What has this label done for you?
J) Wow. Well you know Transgressive is just two guys working out of a little office in Angel, who really care about music and bands and put out a lot of great records. They got me some great support slots with bands such as the shins and regina spektor. They're just a really enthusiastic bunch. They're really good looking too. That Helps. It's nice to go into a meeting because you get some eye candy.
W)You'll be playing on the same bill as Johnny Flynn. Can we expect any impromptu jams?
J) I hadn't thought about that actually. We share a bass player though. A guy called Adam. Good guy. I hadn''t planned any. Maybe we'll whip one up just for you. Probably not though!
W) Lately you contributed a song to our charity album, which is near completion. What are your thought's on the project?
J) I get asked to do a lot of charity stuff and I always say yes when I can, especially If I believe in the charity. Theres a few charities that I wouldn't...(laughs) I'm trying to make a joke.
(Laughs all around)
J)I can't actually finish it. I always try and do stuff for charity because why not. I'm a deeply compasionate person It's nice to make a difference. I've actually written a song for the Lib Dems to use in their party polictical broadcast. They're not replying to my emails though.
W) Can you reveal any future projects?
J) Yes! I Just started a band. Basically, my live show has go to the point whereby I think it's much better than my record, when I play with a band. I've started to write songs that tend to work with a band. To be performed live. Instead of the way I used to write, with more intricate, weird, production suites. I thought instead I'd write songs as a band. It's worked out so well. I think we're actually going to start a band that's seperate from my previous work.
Does that make sense?
J) It doesn't make sense does it?
W) I understand what you're getting at...
J) We're called Acres Acres and we've got some gigs lined up and we're gonna make a record. I'm gonna carry on my solo stuff too. I think I'm doing an orchestral gig before the end of the year. Hopefully. I'm supposed to do it at the Union Chapel but that didn't work out.
W) How competitive is the music industry for you these days?
J) What do you mean? Well I played tennis with Johnny a few weeks ago...
(Laughs all around)
J) He pounded me. It was disgusting.
I Don't know. I can't remember ever feeling anyone was trying to better me trying to better them. People aren't always giving each other a hand. But they're not also trying to... What's that quote. "I don't care who I have to step on, on my way down". That sort of sums how I feel about the music industry at the moment.
Oliver) You've done a lot of production work. Do you prefer the production side of things or performing?
J) It's two necessary parts of the equation for me. It's kind of like...It's like when you play tennis (laughs). You have to run around and hit the ball and it's the same with music. You've got to play live and make records. It's two different, but connected things.
O) Who's the best person you've worked with?
J) In tennis?
O) (laughs) In tennis and the bands you've produced?
J) The band I'd say I'm most excited about, that I've worked with, is a band called Tawny Owl, who are from Norwich. They describe their sound as no-town. Goth motown. It's quite poppy but also quite dark. Every song has a massive noise freakout section. The guy sings really low and the two girl sing harmonies. It's a pretty unusual sound, with some really good songs at the heart of it. Everyone I know that's seen them has been totally raving about them. My one to watch!
O) Do you pick people that you work with?
J) I've asked people but it works both ways really. There's people I've asked to work with and there's people that have approached me. So far it's worked out really well. I'm proud of everything that I've done, with everyone that I've done it with. If that sentence makes any sense.
O) Do you feel like you've got a particular sound in regards to your production or will a band come to you to try ad get a certain sound?
J) I guess people, hopefully, have heard my records and know I have a particular taste or musical ability that they appreciate and can relate to. Theres some producders that have a sound and they're going make you have that sound and theres other producers that are gonna help you do what you want to do. For different bands you have to do differet things. Sometimes it's just about making sure they have the best possible sound. I would say for a band...this is going to get very boring...
O) (laughs) no it's cool...
J) I think some bands need a really nice studio with really expensive microphones and an engineer who's really skilled and to get someone great to mix it. If someone comes to me and I think that's what they need I'll tell them. I like to work with people that I feel I can make a contribution so, where I can help make their arrangements more exciting or choose something that will suit the song better and find an atmosphere that bring out something in the song that wasn't therebefore. I'm also very cheap! Which helps and I really enjoy doing it.
Thanks must go out to Jeremy for contributing his time and for the Boogaloo Bar for being so god damn awesome and welcoming.
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