Jack Hawitt

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Jack Hawitt to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m originally from Barrow in Furness in Cumbria but I've been living in London for the past 10 years.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My biggest influence growing up was Michael Jackson. I’m still a huge fan too! Artists I look up to now are Matt Corby, Lana Del Rey and London Grammar. I love to get lost in ethereal, atmospheric music!

How would you describe your sound?
I would like to describe my sound as atmospheric alternative cinematic pop. I think I’ve just made that genre up (haha) but it encompasses the vibe that I want to create in my songs!

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called “Grow” it was just released last week! The song is about acknowledging our past and realising everything we’ve been through is what makes us who we are in the present. It’s an appreciation of the bad times.

What’s your local music scene like?
There are lots of music nights and venues in and around London, I’ve played at a few of them including The Water Rats, Nottinghill Arts Club and 93 Feet East.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Following my latest single I’ll be releasing an EP and maybe a couple more singles too. My plan is to get as much music out as I can this year.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Yes, I’d love to collaborate with rising star Freya Ridings, I think we could write a beautiful song together! Just putting that out into the universe!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I played a venue in London once, a private members club, which was perhaps not used to live music and the cable for the in-house keyboard was a bit dodgy and kept cutting out so I had to do the last chorus acapella but it worked quite well actually, I got the audience clapping along!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
An interesting fact about me is that I used to be in a show in London’s West End. It was the Queen musical We Will Rock You and I even performed on stage a few times with Brian May and Roger Taylor!

You can find out more about Jack Hawitt on his website or via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Twitter and you can find 'Grow' here.