Interview: Jamie Scott
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:31:28
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My Hurricane feels like a declaration for Jamie Scott. It brings his massive voice to the forefront, emanating an urgency and undeniable energy that's unmatched. The album comes on like a storm with all of the emotion intact, and that's what makes it such a powerful listen from top to bottom.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jamie Scott discuss My Hurricane and so much more.
Did you approach My Hurricane with one vision or vibe in mind?
I did. I've always been into writing albums that have a storyline running through them. I find it easier to choose songs for the album in that sense. I've always liked that sort of thing. Before I finished the record, I just got married, and I was about to have a baby. I was thinking of the journey two people go on together through life and how random it is in a way. I also thought of how much love you invest in certain situations that sometimes completely backfire and leave you worse than you were before you got in them. I found all of that fascinating. It came together in this almost chronological story through the album. This couple dies together right at the beginning of the album. The record goes back to before they even met each other, and they end up dying in each other's arms at the end. It's the circle of life. There are two bookends. In the middle is the hurricane that should be lived as torrid as you can. That's what I was trying to say. Make the most of every moment and don't have any regrets.
Is that Hurricane more of a positive thing? It's the ebb and flow of life.
Yeah, obviously it's not about the devastation and horrible situations hurricanes bring in. I'm using it as a metaphor in my album. My Hurricane is my turmoil. It's a metaphor for the ups and the downs and the struggle. I'm not necessarily seeing Hurricane as a positive word. It's the speed at which you should live life and not regret things. Make sure when you look back you can say, "I did my best".
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I do love telling stories. I just think it's the way I write songs. I write about I've gone through in my life and things that are close to me. I write about real things. They always come across as stories because that's how I've lived through them.
What's the story behind "Carry You Home"?
It's really a song about friendship. I wrote that at a time when I was feeling at my lowest. Looking back to it, I don't feel that way now, but I realized the only thing you need are your friendships at the end of the day whether it's family, your wife, or your friends. You need true honest friends and support. That's what "Carry You Home" is about. It's one of my favorite songs on the record.
Where did "Unbreakable" come from?
I wrote that back when I was in school. It's an interesting thing. I was in love with this girl at school who didn't find herself attractive and no one else really did because of the way she viewed herself. I was just saying, "You're amazing", but she didn't see it.
What artists shaped you?
Joni Mitchell would go down as number one because she was the first artist I ever listened to that got me into music. That was the first album I ever had. She was my number one. That led to a lot of artists in that era of music—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, James Taylor, and so many folk artists. My dad was into a lot of soul music as well like Marvin Gaye and Steve Winwood. I grew up on some amazing voices and these singer-songwriters telling the most amazing stories.
If My Hurricane were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
The Notebook! It's sort of exactly what I was writing. The way they depict The Notebook is amazing. It's the tragedy of loving, and my album is all about the tragedy of loving, but I'm trying to say it's better to have loved than to have never loved.
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