Having sold out a monumental hometown show at Liverpool's O2 Academy, 'people's poet' Jamie Webster is fast becoming a local hero, and a name to keep an eye on.
Latest single This Place, is an ode to where he calls home. The guitar progression along with the heartfelt lyrics combine to create a wholesome familiarity, linking you immediately to the emotion that Webster feels towards his hometown of Liverpool.
He joins happy company in proving that good old guitar tunes are far from dead, with influence from The La's, Echo and the Bunnymen and produced by Rich Turvey, Webster may have just perfected the recipe for success.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’ve been playing live music since I was 15 and spent a couple of years before that learning how to play my guitar and how to use my voice. People have really caught on to what I do, so I’ve been able to become a full-time musician, writing, recording and playing live for just over a year now. I was an electrician before getting the chance to tour the world with my songs.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of music, and what influenced that decision?
Ever since I realised I wasn’t good enough to be a footballer! It’s been my dream to have a career out of playing music, and I think that started when I fell in love with Bob Dylan’s music back when I was about 14. Dylan gave me the belief and the passion to just be real in the messages I’m trying to get across in my songs.
What is the main source of influence in your songwriting?
Really, it’s to connect with people and make them think. I think songs should tell a story or be a reflection of something you’ve seen or felt. People are inspirational, so it’s often something that someone you know/know of has been through. It’s all about the lyrics for me.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I’ve learned that there’s always something new to learn, and that I’m not a very patient person because I want it all to happen quickly. Sometimes you think you have a basic understanding of how it all works but then something new comes along. But I quite like the challenge so that’s all good.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the industry?
I wish I’d known how much there actually was to the music industry. When you sign a record deal you just assume you write and record the songs and you’ll automatically be all over radio stations and playing to thousands of people all over the world. But there’s so much more to it and so many more stages to the game than meets the eye. There’s so much hard work and sweat and thought that goes into it. It’s a good job I’m no stranger to a day’s graft.
Who are your favourite upcoming artists in your city?
There’s a young band from the north end of the city called The Sway, they’re great; boss tunes and a typical but unique scouse swagger. Lovely lads as well I’ve got nothing but time for them. There’s another band called The Peach Fuzz, who are probably the best group of musicians together in a Liverpool band at the same time; melodic tunes with brilliant harmonies. And then there’s a young scouse singer songwriter called Mason Owens, who could go down in scouse folklore with some of his tunes.
What would your dream tour and rider look like?
Just like you see it in the movies: selling out stadiums all over the world, luxury tour buses, first-class flights and penthouse suites. Loads of sweets, chocolate and crisps for the rider, amongst other things of course.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I’d love to have my music be the soundtrack to a show like The Sopranos or The Wire, one of the great TV series. So, if there are any directors out there, reading this and making the next best show on telly, give my album a listen when it comes out!
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
Headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. I want it all.