Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Bobby from unsigned London based band Hazey Jane to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Hello! We’re Hazey Jane – there are four of us. I’m Bobby (vocals) and I met Laurent (guitar) at secondary school in Eastbourne. We entered a battle of the bands when we were 14 and came 42nd. The full band met at university in Southampton where childhood pals Paul (drums) and Connor (bass) bonded with the original duo over a particularly well-crafted episode of Later… with Jools Holland. Hazey Jane is the name of a song (actually two songs) by one of our greatest influences – Nick Drake.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We grew up listening to Laurel Canyon Folk music from the 60’s/70’s; CSNY, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell etc. Later on, we discovered John Martyn and Nick Drake. I still idolise John Prine for his ability to keep a smile on his face while he puts a mirror up to the world. There are plenty more influences that the other guys would mention - I think our general rule is to soak up anything and everything we can.
How would you describe your sound?
That’s always a surprisingly challenging question... four-part harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and big choruses!
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our most recent single, ‘Open’, is unapologetic in its optimism. The song is intended to act as a playful reminder that outgrowing negative voices and listening to yourself is the healthiest process in the world. In this vein, ‘Open’ affirms that everybody can be their own source of inspiration. We’d be chuffed if even one person drew their own meaning and encouragement from that.
What’s your local music scene like?
There is so much great work going on around us. London is quite literally teaming with unbelievable talent from all over the world. One of the great pleasures of making music here is sharing a stage with some of the best young performers in the world. We’re continuously being challenged and inspired by artists that use London as a springboard to change the game at will. Flyte, Ferris & Sylvester, Wolf & Moon, Brooke Sharkey… if you haven’t delved into this scene, do!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our festival season came to an end earlier this month ☹ But we’ve had an incredible Summer, releasing two new singles and meeting so many great people. The band are back in the studio now, we’re recording a new EP for release early next year. Can’t wait!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I can only speak for myself but Justin Vernon would be a clear favourite. Can you imagine! You’d be hard pressed to find a musician in our genre with more emotional gravitas. Everything he touches turns to gold.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We recently played at Lakefest, which was incredible. Kaiser Chiefs headlined and we bundled our way to the front STAT. Paul had won a toy frog at a kids stall earlier on in the day, like a pro. He launched the frog towards Ricky Wilson (KC lead singer) midway through a song. What do you know, Ricky picked it up and kept it in his pocket for the entire set! That was the best moment of our entire lives.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We love the Kaiser Chiefs.
You can find out more about Hazey Jane on their website or via Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.