Dive into the melodic odyssey of Jamie's Tone as he shares the highs of live performances, the intricacies of his songwriting process, and a glimpse into the upcoming 3rd album set to redefine the 80's sound with a touch of progressive rock.
GH: Hi there! Welcome On Board! How did you start making music ?
Jamie’s Tone: Hi! First of all, I am very glad to have this discussion today with you at Goathead Records. I love the interviews you are making with artists, and the way you review singles and albums. I wish our discussion will be as interesting as some others I have read! Now, let’s get to your question. As far as I remember, I always have had music in my mind. I started playing the piano at the age of 7, and have always listened to music since then. When I was a teenager, I turned from classical into rock, mostly progressive rock at the start, and then I started expanding my musical horizons towards other hard rock styles. When I was in my twenties, I organized a few rock concerts myself. When I was visiting the various bands to select the ones that would play in our concerts, I started thinking that I could also write music myself, and play in a band. And I have just been doing that since then.
GH: Can you tell us more about your experience performing live at gigs and what was the most memorable experience you had?
Jamie’s Tone: I think that live performances are probably the best thing that can happen to any musician. This is how musicians connect with the audience; and it is really thrilling. Although of course when the audience is not prepared for your music, it may not be as rewarding all the time! But when that happens, you can still feel the link with the other band members -much more than when rehearsing. We all give everything we have when we are live! My most memorable live experience was when I fell on my back in the afternoon, and had to play in a gig the same night. My backache prevented me from carrying my synth, one of the other musicians did it for me. I could barely move. But still, I made sure to play with the band! A friend in the audience told me after the concert that he had not even realized that I had backache -but I can tell you, playing that night was really hard for me! Now, I am mostly writing music using my home studio. The reward is different. I can create, and almost directly hear the music I have in my mind. No need to try and explain to others. But of course, I miss the connection with the other musicians, and moreover with the public - social networks help with the latter though.
GH: How is your process of songwriting set around?
Jamie’s Tone: Most of the time, this is how it works. I have some kind of music in my mind, it could be a melody, a rhythm, an arrangement of chords, anything. Then I try to record it on my mobile phone -quite easy when it is a melody, but no so much for other types of ideas! Then, when I am back to the studio, I listen to the idea and try to play it on the piano. I record it, and play around with it, adding other melodies, chords, rhythms. Once I have a few of those ideas, I try to structure them and put them together. Time to time, it works out, and those ideas together become a song. When I have the basic structure of the song, I work on lyrics. And finally, I do the arrangements and finalize the song. The whole process may take days… or months!
GH: What motivates you to create music and bring awareness to different situations through your songs?
Jamie’s Tone: Creating music is just who I am. I could not imagine living without it. I write mostly about the world we are in nowadays. For me, it is a never-ending source of inspiration. Time to time, the lyrics are quite straightforward; but it also happens that an imaginary world comes out, and is presented in the song. I think that my songs are somewhat a reflection of how I see the world, although the lyrics do not necessarily translate that immediately to the listeners.
GH: Could you share some insights into your next projects?
Jamie’s Tone: I am currently finalizing the 3rd Jaime’s Tone’s album. It is scheduled for release in early 2024. It will include the two singles already released, “Take a Chance” and “War”, as well as five other songs. In this album, I have tried to focus on shorter and more melodic songs, but of course the 80’s vibe of Jaime’s Tone is still present. Some are more pop-oriented, others are closer to hard rock -all with an 80’s vibe and a touch of progressive rock. There will be a longer version of “Take a Chance” included in the album, while the single version was a radio edit. And then, I already have ideas for the next album, which should be more progressive rock: longer and more complex songs, more elaborated arrangements… and then maybe a “best of”? I’d really like to hear some of my early songs remixed and remastered. I think they have more potential than what has been released already, and a nice mix/master would make them much more appealing!
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