Jameson Burt continues to give us magic with his music!
Congratulations on your upcoming album 'Right TIme'! Talk to us about the inspiration for the new music?
Thank you so much! We’ve put a lot of energy and love into this album, it’s been more than a year in the making and we’re so excited to finally share it with everybody. Honestly the inspiration for the songs came out of the disintegration of my relationship with my partner. We were together for a long time and we’re very very close, and when I started to feel things unraveling the songs started coming. Sort of without my permission, but as a document of the beginning of the end. And then the end. And then the search for some sort of hope for my future. So it’s admittedly a dark record, but I think there’s a glimmer of hope throughout it. I think making this record was one of the things that kept me from self destructing during that period.
What is the theme of 2021 in your music?
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I think the theme is survival. On this album I was trying to face head-on some things that I thought would have destroyed me. But they didn’t. I certainly got my ass kicked and it changed me at my core, but I’m still alive and I’m through it. I think people can relate to that after all we’ve been through recently. Like you’ve been underwater for way too long, but you’ve made it to the surface. That memory, that trauma might stick with you, but as a memory. Now you’re above water and breathing fresh air. Swimming. Maybe even drinking cocktails on a boat. You know.
How do you know when a song is done?
I forget which painter said…the piece is done when I stop working on it. I feel that. In the studio I work with my good friend and co-producer Andrew Wesley Carter, and on this record we took a deliberately more minimalistic approach. Get the core elements, and add just a little color here and there. We know a recording is done when we add another element and it actually subtracts from the mood, not enhances it. A lot of these songs felt like they worked really effectively without too many layers of sounds, so we agreed to trust that feeling and not over-produce them. As far as the songwriting process, I know a song is done when all the lyrics feel right to me, feel like the words all vibrate next to each other. A lot of times I’ll write ten or twenty verses to get two that feel satisfying to me. It can be a long process but I’m never happy unless the words really feel cohesive and emotive to me.
What are you most excited about for this?
I’m really excited to get to perform in front of live audiences again. Of course! In the last year of isolation I did a lot of shows online, on Instagram, and that was great. At the time it felt amazing to connect with people that way and keep performing my songs and stay sharp. But I’m so happy to be performing again in a room with real people and loud speakers!! Our first band show is July 15th at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. We’re doing it as a masquerade party as well, which will be fun! My good friends Steve Carson & Doll Knight are opening the show.
What song should we be listening to right now?
My first single from the record, “Somebody Wants Me.” But also you should hear “Old Time” from Nick Cave’s new record, Carnage. Amazing.
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