Listen to the Live interview April 13 at 6pm et Episode #453 Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax ; http://tobtr.com/9925055
GETTING TO KNOW JAMIE PORTER
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Jamie Porter (Jamie Porter Music/Jamie Porter Band)
I’m not running away..
This is a song about changing direction, about opening your eyes to what is going on around you, or not wanting to compromise who you are, removing yourself from a situation for whatever reason…something we all have to do at some point in our lives. It was written about a certain situation in my life, but looking back I can see how it relates to a number of situations. I wrote it in a way that hopefully enables the listener to relate it to situations in their own lives.
It is a song that I recorded the original scratch demo for in 2014, and I gigged it with the band quite a bit before it was part of the tracks I recorded in 2015/16 for the upcoming album. I recorded the tracks in my studio initially, laying down guitars, bass and keys over a scratch drum track and finally did a scratch vocal over the top to help with the final lyric writing and then finally recording the vocals and harmony tracks. After that I took all the tracks to a local studio for final drum tracks, editing, mixing and production, and mixed it with producer Russ Hayes who has worked on most of my recordings.
The new album…
will be a collection of emotive tracks that I have written over a couple of years about love, life and a bit of rock n roll thrown into the mix because you can’t have life or love without a bit of rock n roll! I love the way the songs have turned out, there are some great riffs, melodies and hooks and it is a reflection of me and all the work I have been putting into my music over the years. The songs obviously come from my own feelings, experiences whether personal or something I have picked up on and written the song, but as I said previously I like to let the lyrics relate to a listeners perspective so they can relate a song to a situation/feeling in their own life.
I live in North Wales in the UK…
which is a beautiful place to live but the music scene is challenging one especially for musicians playing original music. There are plenty of open mic nights that take place around the area, which can be quite busy with groups of musical friends turning up to jam together, but the circuit is definitely limited with venues and audiences. Travel to play is a must!
I love making the music I do, and I am happy to have a platform to do it, and it’s great to be able to reach out beyond the genre and whatever other restrictions of the business here. I suppose the fact that music is so devalued/undervalued here now that you’re supposed to spend time and money on making something and then are expected to give it away for free….and play it for free too! Not easy to break even, never mind make a living! But hey…It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll…..! 🙂
There are plenty of pros and cons, but you just have to put your head down and ride with it…if the doors close keep knocking or find another…plus I don’t want to sound like the grumpy old man ☺!
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with. I had to think about this a lot and even now I can think of so many others as well…Johnny Cash, because of the history, the song writing, the life! If you want someone who is living then Springsteen for much the same reasons. Legends.