Previous frontman of ambient indie-rock outfit Submariner, Brighton songwriter Jimmy Herrity has recently made his return as a solo artist.
Using his music to openly discuss the devastating experience of bereavement by suicide, Jimmy has released three raw and intimate singles throughout 2020; displaying his ability to channel his emotion through his lyricism and tell a heartbreaking story.
Following the release of his third single, Kinder World, we spoke to Jimmy about his musical career so far and the things he has learned about himself through his music.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for? I've been making music for around 10 years, Played in lots of bands in my teens, kind of wrote songs that worked for the confines of being in a 4 or 5 piece band with no money and limited gear. Really sucked at it for a long time and played to no one, great character building. Things got a lot better around 5 years ago, got better at the craft and started building a following. Going solo was amazing because I no longer had to write songs for a specific live set up, I was suddenly free to create anything I liked, it's definitely paid off. At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision? I started entertaining the idea as a genuine possibility when I was In my last band, Submariner. We did ok compared to any other projects I'd be involved with and there was some interest here and there around the industry. When I started to realise it wasn't going to happen in that band I figured I'd start something new with 10 years worth of experience and feedback taken on board. What is the main source of influence for your songwriting? It's always been a big source of catharsis, I'm all about the emotional narrative of a piece of art and I'm equally as inspired (if not more) by movies as I am music. My brother died a year and a half ago, we were incredibly close, so since then all my music has been about that, even when I thought I'd started writing about other things, it's all him. I miss him enormously. What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music? There's more going on in my head than I'm even aware of and I'm almost entirely uninterested in music unless it connects with me on an emotional level, there's far more music that I dislike than I like. Discovering that was really liberating though, I know my music isn't for everyone because some people listen to music just dance and have fun, I can't relate to that at all but at least I now know not to try and target the wrong audience. I like music that opens you up, makes you dream, takes you on a fucking ride. What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry? So many things. There's a huge disconnect between the stories of how people make it and the reality. We're often told about bands that were broke, playing small venues to no one and then within a year were signed and playing huge festivals. It's true but they don't tell you that band had a manager with lots of contacts, a booking agent and a PR team, all pushing for opportunities for them while they work the small circuit. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that but for some reason no one talks about it? My first few years in the industry were so misguided because I thought all you had to do was go out and play some gigs and get noticed if you're good, because that's honestly what we were told growing up. If I had known what I know now, I would have spent my teens recording as many demos as best I could and then sent them all the a music lawyer to send around to every manager/booker/label in the industry. It's so much easier when you're a kid and you have more free time/don't have to pay rent. Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Brighton? Tommy is probably the best unsigned solo act I've ever seen and heard. His songs are incredible and he's so creative with everything he does. I also really like Libra Libra and Wife Swap USA, some good people shining light on important things, and they're all maaaad cool. What would your dream tour & rider look like? Dream tour would be the west coast of the US, with a skate ramp and loads of intresting craft beers on the rider. I was born in 93, it's not my fault. If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose? A gritty drama with a big twist and an emotional oscar winning performance from Matthew McConaughey haha. Something like Manchester by the Sea OR something like interstellar. What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist? My dream support slot would be opening up for The National. Any slot on the main stage at Reading festival because I promised myself when i was 16 I'd get up there one day somehow. I'd loooooove to do a tiny desk or an audiotree session. But generally to get by making money out of tinkering around in my musical tool shed and getting out playing shows.