Jamie at Bleach Blood Interview

26 January 2013

We do love to meet talented guys and you may well have heard of this one. This week we’re talking to Jamie Jazz (amazing name right?!) about his music, his new band and what he’s currently listening to. Previously part of band The King Blues, Jamie is back, and so we decided to have a chat with him and get some cheeky pics courtesy of photographer Georgie Wileman.

We think that it’s amazing how much heart and soul Jamie puts into his music, as well as his passion for his new band ‘Bleach Blood’. Their new EP "The Young Heartbreakers Club" was recently released, and by the sounds of it they got a great reception at their debut gig just before Christmas.We wish them the best of luck, looks like these are some guys to watch out for! We do however think it’s a shame they deleted him off the Wikipedia page for famous pug owners.

If you fancy listening to the band, you can check their website. Meanwhile check out our interview with Jamie below.

Hey Jamie! Tell us 3 things we need to know about you!
Hi! Three things about me that you have to know… Okay, I’m incredibly shy in nearly all situations, I’ve never watched 'Breaking Bad' and I used to be listed on Wikipedia as a famous pug owner, but someone deleted me.

Describe yourself for us in 5 words.
Totally really needy but awesome.

What has life been like since the break-up of The King Blues?
Right now life is great – it took a little while to get there though. I went through some dark times in my personal life after The King Blues and spent some time away from everything.

How did you come up with the band name ‘Bleach Blood’?
I thought of it while I was in a really weird place in my life. At first I didn’t intend to use it as a band name, I just used it to separate certain songs from other projects on my laptop, but as time went on it just kind of stuck.

How does Bleach Blood’s music differ from anything you’ve done before?
I approach writing for Bleach Blood in a totally different way from anything I’ve done before. Usually I would write stuff with a guitar or a bass, start with a chord structure and take from there. Whereas, for Bleach Blood I start with whatever the first thing that comes to my head is, be it a drumbeat or a synth line or a vocal hook. I also record everything. I don’t let anything turn into a bad idea until I’ve recorded it, finished it and then listened back to it and if it sucks, then it's a bad idea. I can’t stand having something half finished and going ‘nope, it sucks, next’ – it just seems like cop out to do that.

I’m also not restrained musically in anyway or form. I feel like I can do whatever I want to do with Bleach Blood, be it a hardcore electronic mash up or pure pop song, I don’t feel any the restraints.

We hear you had your debut performance with the band on the 11th of December. How did that go?
It was amazing! Considering that we’d only been a band for six months I was pretty certain that nobody was gonna turn up… On paper it's a pretty stupid idea to make your first show a headline show in London on the busiest month of the year, but it was amazing. I was honestly shocked that we filled the room and that there were kids singing along. We had worked hard in a very short amount of time and at the show, it was clear it had paid off. I couldn’t have been happier with it.

What are your main inspirations musically?
I listen to pretty much everything I can – doesn’t matter what genre or what’s cool, or not cool, or cool to hate, I don’t have time for that. I guess I’m a massive fan of a lot of the 80’s hardcore stuff, like Black Flag and Minor Threat that was the first type of music that really spoke to me, Punk Rock and Hardcore. Ska music has played a huge part in my life too. With Bleach Blood I take much more of an inspiration from dance and electronic music, I have a fascination with the history of dance music, like how all the punk bands and art school bands started messing with synths in the 80s, through to rave culture, through to modern dance music being fused together with rap or dub step or trap or whatever. I love it.

What are the top 5 most played songs on your iPod right now?
1. Solange – Losing You
2. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
3. Mouthwash – Baby LDN
4. Swim Deep – Honey
5. Jawbreaker – Boxcar

Who would you most like to collaborate with musically?
Good question! That's a pretty long list if I’m honest but I think the top answer is Karen O from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – her voice is amazing and her lyrics are beautiful. She’s like no other singer in the world.

What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?
Making music pure and simple. I really love it and that's the only reason I do it, because it's a passion. Stuff that people associate with being a musician isn’t important to me – it’s not about that, its just about making art. I’m very, very lucky to be able to make music as a career but I’ll never forget the reasons why I do it.

So you guys have a new EP out, what is it about?
We’ve just put out our first EP called “The Young Heartbreakers Club” and simply put its about ex-girlfriends, love, sex, partying, paranoia and recovering from all those things.

How did you go about writing it?
I pretty much wrote the whole thing in my bedroom, it was a very back to basics way of doing things. I tried to not overthink things too much, just kept everything very simple and worked quickly. When I started Bleach Blood it was just me, I didn't have band or a producer. Chris McCormack got me into his studio and we started working on a few ideas, one of which became ‘Let Your Heart Sing’. As things began to progress and the band had a solid line up, Paul Mullen and I went to Sam Eyes studio and did the whole EP in about three days. It was a really refreshing way to work. We just got in and did it. Lyrically, I like to write about quite personal things, for me writing is a way to exercise demons, whether they’re my own or friends or whoever’s. I like to take quite negative things and try and resolve them in a positive light.

Got any secret talents we should know about?
Yes. Not that should be printed.

What in your eyes is the most beautiful thing in the world?
People smiling. I don’t think there is anything better than that in the world.

Thanks for the chat Jamie! And good luck with the release of the new EP "The Young Heartbreakers Club"

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