It’s World Radio Day and what a better way to introduce our Artist Spotlight for this months Sounds of the South, by doing a full interview on our website! Dillon got the opportunity to do a mini interview with the upcoming musician Jack Britten, scroll down to see it!
So how long have you been making music and why did you start?
I started making music when I was 14 and was lucky enough to get my hands on some basic production software. I don’t think there was really a reason that I started, I think it just felt like that was what I needed to do in that moment and it hasn’t stopped feeling that way since. I didn’t have anyone to teach me, so I learnt by just trying things. I taught myself to play guitar, drums and keys and when I wanted to record those, I taught myself to produce and mix. I don’t know how to read music and I often don’t even know what chords I’m playing simply because I write and learn everything by ear. It’s taken years of trial and error to get to where I am now.
What influences your music? (Musical or non-musical)
Everything. Everything influences my music. From deep seated memories and traumas from my past to how I wake up in the morning. Everything can influence a lyric or change the way I approach a drum beat that day and only when I get the right mix of everything, can I make a good song.
Any memorable gigs, achievement etc. from doing music so far?
I started releasing music last year at the start of a global crisis so I didn’t really think that anything I’ve done in the past year would have been possible. For that reason, I’d have to say every moment from the past year has been a memorable achievement.
What are your goals with music, what do you want to do with it (or is it just for fun?)
I just want to make music I enjoy for as long as I can. The music I make is primarily for me but as my audience has grown I’ve been able to experience other people’s connections to my songs like never before. All of the positive interactions I’ve had with people who appreciate my music have been really amazing and I want to thank them for that.
When can people expect new music? Have you got anything planned?
I’m always working on new music so I’m sure it won’t be long before people will hear something new from me.
What’s your process when creating and writing your music?
My approach to every track is different. Some songs start as melodies on a piano or drum beats on my laptop but some songs will be fully written in my head or in a notepad before I even touch an instrument. The only constant is that within the first 20 minutes of working on a track, I’ll know whether It’s going to work for me or not.
How would you describe your ‘style’ / ‘sound’ ?
I never really think about styles or genres when I’m writing songs, it’s always whatever naturally flows. I suppose people may call it ‘Left-field Pop’ or ‘Alternative’ but I don’t think those titles define my sound.
Author: Dillon Hall
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