Hiya thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Introduce us to you and your musical history? 

HI I’m CJ Jarratt, I’m a singer-songwriter and producer from Birmingham, UK. I released my debut single Live or Die earlier this year and now I’m back with my second single called My Darlin’.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I grew up with music all around me so I think it was embedded from a young age. My dad played in bands and my mom played piano so I picked up a lot from them. At school I tried everything, every sport, every after school club, but music was where I felt at home and most accepted. I started writing songs as a way to express myself and I just became addicted to it.   

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in. How do you feel you are doing?

I just keep working as hard as I can. To me progress is not only about getting more streams and followers, but developing as an artist and feeling excitement over what you’re doing in your life. I feel really good about where I’m at right now.  

How has your song writing skills developed over time? 

When I first stated writing I was limited by the chords I could play and a lack of life experience. As I’ve gone through more things I’ve been able to write more honestly. But the breakthrough for me really came when I developed my production knowledge. Now with my own home studio and years of practice under my belt, I’ve been able to push the boundaries and create things in ways I never could before.  

Im seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

I think it starts with the artist and the venue to put things in place to make anyone who is vulnerable feel safe. Places within the venue should have signs to report any incidents and staff should be approachable to talk to. I know that if I see or suspect anything from onstage, I’ll stop the gig there and then until the problem is resolved. Looking after each other is way more important than any gig. 

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

I think it’s just about consistency and hard work. I wouldn’t say I have any tips or tricks, I just try to connect with as many people as possible. Next year I’ll be releasing a lot more short-form visual content which I think is essential in todays industry. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I used to play ice hockey. I have flown a plane. I have climbed Mount Everest. The one that isn’t true I really wish was!

What’s your thoughts on spotifys monopoly on the music industry?

I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand I love the platform, it gives musicians a great stage to be heard and reach new fans. Independent artists no longer need the backing of a major label to create success thanks to things like online steaming. The only thing I would say is when a company doesn’t have competitive competition, then they hold all the cards which isn’t always a good thing for the consumer.  

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

Anyone who knows me knows how perfect this question is. I keep up to date with the whole UAP disclosure movement. I find it crazy that US Congress have held a hearing about potential alien aircraft and it isn’t the biggest story ever. The scary thing I’ve come to realise is that the right words in the right order can make anything sound believable or not. But I believe there’s more to life than we are told!  

Did you buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?

No not really but I did downloaded a few workout apps that now just take up data on my phone sadly. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

I haven’t really had any bad experiences so far thankfully. I mean I’ve almost fell off stage a few times when I’ve got a bit over excited. Oh and I completely lost my voice an hour before a show once, that wasn’t great!

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I own a musk turtle called Yoda. She’s my little baby. I’m not sure if that’s surprising enough or not but not everyone has a turtle!

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I think I stand out because I’m not just one thing. I write, produce and perform my own material which allows me to be as creative as possible. I also have a mixture of influences that creates something different sonically. Blending Pop, Pop-Punk & R&B, I have this unique sound that people are going to hear more of over the next year.

I hear you have a new song out, what can you tell us about it?

It’s the most personal song I’ve ever wrote. I never intended for it to be a single as it was originally recorded for a family members funeral. But I wanted to do something to honour her memory and sharing the song with the world seemed like the right thing to do.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

I just wanted it to be as honest as possible. I didn’t try to be too clever or poetic with the lyrics and I just wanted simple instrumentation to make it all about the emotion of the vocals. I think my feelings at the time allowed me not to have to think too much, it just came out.

What was the recording process like?

Stressful!!! I was on a tight deadline and had to make quick creative decisions like sounds and instrumentation. The vocals and piano I recorded in one or two takes but I spent quite a bit of time with the string section trying different sounds and placements. I was happy with how it turned out though. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

That when writing I don’t need to overthink things as much and it’s ok to be vulnerable.   

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

The producer in me always wants to change things! Without deadlines I’d probably keep working on a song forever, adjusting EQ’s or adding more layers. But I probably wouldn’t change anything about this one as the imperfections all add to the emotion of it.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Just that I have more music coming and live shows next year that I can’t wait to share with you. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve been shown so far and it would mean the world to me if you went and checked out my new single My Darlin’ out now.