Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Hertfordshire based singer DrewJam to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Stockport in Greater Manchester. I first got into music through the influence of my dad. My father worked the club circuit in the north of England for many years as a guitarist/vocalist. He taught me guitar from the age of 5 and I later had the chance to learn classical guitar as well as learning the piano.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
In my house there was a range of music played, artists like Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, the Bee Gees, Billy Joel as well as lots of musicals. Early on I learnt songs by Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan on guitar. As I got older I liked bands and artists such as the Smiths, Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp, Paul Weller, U2, Crowded House, George Michael. I enjoy listening to a variety of music these days and am influenced by many musicians around my local scene just as much as well known artists.
How would you describe your sound?
My songs have quite an eclectic feel to them, with some rock influenced songs and some slower blues and folk style tracks, but all with a strong melodic and soulful edge to them.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest track that I’ve released is a song called Medicine Man. It’s a rhythmic blues influenced track. It was recorded live with just one vocal and one guitar. The song is about the art of songwriting. Everyone has different ways of relaxing and processing the world around us. An important way for me to do that is through writing songs; that’s what Medicine Man is about.
What’s your local music scene like?
I’m based in North Hertfordshire. The music scene in the area is very vibrant, with lots of great venues and opportunities to play and hear a fantastic range of music and musicians from across Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. London is not far away either, and so it offers me a wide range of venues in which to perform.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Following my first three singles, I’m looking forward to releasing more tracks in 2019, plus recording more songs in 2020. I also aim to release some live recordings as well. Alongside recording projects, I’ll be busy gigging in the autumn and in 2020 in London and Hertfordshire to continue to share my music and engage more people.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many people with whom it would be great to collaborate. A few include Richard Ashcroft; his music is uplifting and inspiring; KT Tunstall; I do really enjoy her style of songwriting and music and Neil Finn; his songs are so strong both melodically and lyrically. There are also many great local musicians in my local scene that that it would be great to collaborate with.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I recall a time that my youngest daughter repeatedly came and interrupted my set; but I managed to both play on and entertain her!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I have a number of different songs that I’m looking forward to sharing that reflect on the different experiences of the human condition; love, loss and living life to the full. I love writing and playing music, and try and write as often as I can. Those close to me know only too well that I always want a guitar or piano close to hand!
You can find out more about DrewJam on his website or via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Twitter.