RGM Introducing – Jamie Hance talks to us about his new single.
Hiya Jamie thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I think having a passion for music from such a young age. I loved to listen, write, record and perform music. I love all aspects of it.
Introduce us to your musical history?
I grew up on Garage music and that has played a major part when creating my own sound. Artists such as Craig David, Daniel Beddingfield and Artful Dodger inspired me and gave me a real passion for creating dance tracks with real stories behind them.
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
I can’t wait to perform live again. It’s my favourite part of doing music.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Be you. A lot of people will tell you to need to do this or you need to be more like that, but they’re not you and they might do things differently. So if you stick to being you, you can’t go wrong.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
None, I’m just grateful people are interested!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, I don’t look too much into them.
What support is out there for new artists in London?
Loads! I hear a lot of people saying there’s nothing, but seek and you shall find.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the London unsigned scene?
There’s a singer called ‘Wyen Solo’. She’s an RnB singer, she’s brilliant! Go and check out her stuff.
What useless party trick /talent do you have?
I’m yet to find one.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I performed at Camden Asssembly the year before last and the crowd were really lively. When a crowd has that kind of energy, it’s infectious. It just feels like one big party, I loved it!
I also performed at The British Library as part of Somers Town Festival, that was great! I performed with a full live band. We even had a saxophone player who sounded amazing!!!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I was auditioning as a rapper for a competition and I had picked a song I was going to perform. They then told me I had to perform ‘Shotgun’ By George Ezra. I explained I wasn’t a singer but they said I should still perform and they’d sort it out when I was there. I was called up on stage and before I knew it the backing track was playing. I somehow got myself through the performance, but I think it’s safe to say, I didn’t progress to the next round lol 🙂
Tell us something about you that think people would be surprised about?
I don’t drink or smoke.
I’m teetotal, which people get shocked about, usually most people I meet just assume I either smoke or drink or do both but I don’t.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
It was more on stage than backstage. I was performing in a club in Shoreditch, it was really noisy there and the crowd seemed lively. The music started playing and I began to perform. When I got off the stage my mate turned around and said ‘Didn’t hear a word of that’. I had been proper going for it the whole time, only to find out that the no one could hear me.
Name a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
They’d all be vocalists and I’d pick – Craig David, Mary J Blige, Phil Collins and Mutya Buena. The song writing and vocals would be out of this world!!!!
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Glastonbury, its the ultimate one.
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Craig David at the ‘Indig02 Room’ in 2013. It was just before his comeback and it was the best gig I’ve ever been too.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Don’t believe the hype 🙂
What’s your biggest achievement as an Artist?
Probably working with artists I grew up listening to. I have a track with DJ Ironik, I use to listen to his music so that was cool. And performing with Mutya Buena was great, we did a cover of ‘Ready Or Not’ by The Fugees. She has a mad voice and has worked with the likes of Sting, George Michael, and Amy Winehouse. Now she’s got me to add to the list lol 🙂
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
I don’t think there are many artists like me doing UK Garage anymore so I think that makes me stand out.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Why is a shoulda, woulda, coulda track? Trying to get your bearings on a situation that you wish you could go back and change and do differently, but hindsight is a beautiful thing.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I think I had a lot of time to think over the last year with lockdown and hindsight seemed to creep in a lot. This is where the idea of the track came from. The whole concept of the track is about wanting to go back in time and give something a go again.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was done over three days, I would go away, change it, change it again and then change it again.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Probably the recording process. I don’t tend to sing much, but I feel like I trusted my vocals more on this track,
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Of course, there’s always room for progress. If I was given the chance to change it, I’m sure I’d find something.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I have another single coming out after this one, which is a completely different genre I have never done before. Then I have an album coming out towards the end of the year.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
My new single, ‘Why’ is out this Friday! Check it out on all platforms.