The great thing about the music industry is its unpredictability. The critics’ lists seemingly didn’t account for a young lad from Nottingham to drop out of school and take them pretty much by storm. Through inspiration taken from musical greats including Hendrix and Dylan, combined with tales of escaping working class life in Nottingham that embody singles such as Taste It, JAKE BUGG is invigorating many a radio playlist. With a sold-out tour ahead of him, including an intimate show at Liverpool’s Zanzibar, Bido Lito!’s Matt Healy caught up with the man of the moment…
Bido Lito!: We should definitely start off by talking about your sets at Reading and Leeds Festivala. You attracted a pretty massive crowd, how was it for you?
Jake Bugg: Reading and Leeds are festivals that you watch as a kid and you always want to play, you know, and to have a crowd like that was great for me. It still hasn’t sunk in yet if I’m honest. I also played a surprise set on the Introducing stage, which was great because that’s how it all started off for me.
BL!: Talking of that support that BBC Introducing have given you, with so many avenues for bands to go down in order to get their music heard, is it hard to decide which is the best route to go down?
JB: Yeah, it can be a hard avenue. Just trying to get your music to the right people is one of the toughest things to do when you’re starting out and I think that BBC Introducing is one of the best ways to get your music heard. I mean, I sent mine to my local radio station and it got heard and played a lot, and through that I got to play Glastonbury and it got onto Radio 1. So, BBC Introducing does help an awful lot.
BL!: As a young artist, has there been a lot to get your head around in terms of all the different elements of the music industry?
JB: Yeah definitely, all the different elements can be mind-boggling such as the publishing side, agencies and all that type of thing. It can be quite hard. I’ve been to a few music colleges in the past and they teach you all these things, and then you actually get into the music industry and find out that half of the stuff that they were teaching you was wrong. So you do have to try and get your head around it a lot, yeah.
BL!: You’ve toured with Lana Del Rey and Michael Kiwanuka and loads of others: have you learnt anything from any of the artists you’ve toured with?
JB: I didn’t learn anything from Lana Del Rey but I’ve learnt quite a lot from Michael. He’s a really nice guy and he helped me when I was first doing Jools Holland because he’d already done it. He told me it was cool and told me how it all works and everything, so big credit to Michael for giving me some advice and helping me out with it.
BL!: You’re gearing up to the release of your debut album, what can we expect from it?
JB: All the singles I’ve put out already will feature on it, as well as some old country songs I’ve done, so there’ll just be a nice mixture on there. I think there’s about fourteen tracks on it, so there’s quite a lot for people to get into.
BL!: You’re playing the Zanzibar in Liverpool, are you looking forward to the gig?
JB: Yeah, funnily enough Liverpool is where we recorded most of the album, so I actually really like Liverpool. It’s one of them shows that I actually really look forward to playing, it’s always a great night.