Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Rebecca Jayne to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I first started playing guitar as all my cousins were playing it. They’re all boys and I thought to myself “If they’re going to do that, I’m doing it too”. Since then, all my cousins have given it up and I’ve carried on!! As time went on I then began to write lyrical melodies and it’s grown more and more ever since!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My main musical influences when first starting to write songs and perform were Eva Cassidy and Taylor Swift. I looked up to successful women in the music industry and these were two of the strongest at the time in my opinion.
Now I have so many musical influences for different reasons and aspect of my music, but in particular I find songwriters the most influential nowadays. Especially Shane MacAnally, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna who are all based in Nashville. They’ve created some of the best songs for major artists, but not enough people recognise just how musically talented they are!
How would you describe your sound?
I don’t really have one particular genre I can put myself categorically in. I think my style has been created due to the many influences I have and also my desire to try different things. I’d say the main styles are Pop, folk, country, acoustic though.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The last single I released was “Travelling Song”. It’s based on my love of seeing the world and experiencing new things as much as possible. I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a bit of the world while growing up so I thought I’d better write a song about it!
What’s your local music scene like?
Very good. My local music scene would be Guildford and it’s very successful, especially as ACM is based there. In particular a man named Gavin Thomas runs great live music sessions every week with great sound and crowd. This has helped me a lot over the years to practice new material!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Writing, recording and more writing! I write from an observation perspective so I’m constantly writing whenever I can. I’ve now built up a lot of material that I want to release out in to the world, so I’ll hopefully be getting in to the studio this year. I have quite a few festivals booked for this summer, in particular CarFest North and South have asked for me to play again this year!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with a lot of the songwriters over in Nashville. To write with Shane MacAnally is one of my lifelong dreams!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
A few years ago I did my first performance at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It’s one of the main live music venues that people want to play at when they’re in Nashville. So as you can imagine I was pretty nervous. I got up to start my set and started playing. All of a sudden the audience were shouting out trying to get my attention - I’d forgotten to put the guitar lead in so no one could hear me! The nerves had clearly got the better of me, but at least it made everybody laugh!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Both my first and second EPs featured in the iTunes Charts when they were released which was one of the most surreal feelings I’ve ever had.