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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LAURA JAYNE WHAT HAPPENED?

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

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

I’d always loved music, when I was a kid my friend Rhian and I used to always be writing songs or doing something rather theatrical. But then sports took over for me. 

I’d always been half decent at a good karaoke song over the years but It wasn’t until the pandemic hit that I really found music again and my ability to write what I think are half decent tunes (haha)

I got involved with a playlist for independent artists called hit it 1000 where we encouraged people to listen to songs with less Than 1 k streams and it went nuts. It then developed into a radio show called Loud and Lush on From the Holler Radio and then people leant I could hold a tune when I joined in with #murderedsongoftheday on X. 

Life certainly changed then.

What was life like for you before music? 

I’ve had a load of hobbies over the years, and am a massive advocate for Roller derby which doesn’t get nearly enough credit. And had a horse for over 17 years, so they took up a lot of my time prior to finding music again.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Am going to show my age here but it was Barbara Dixon January, February. I got a 7 inch vinyl off a rice crispy box!!! She was obviously massive in the theatres and I got to watch her in my favourite show blood brothers . That would be a dream come true to play that role!!!

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Pfffff, at the bottom haha, but you have to start somewhere right?

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

That there is absolutely no money in this, do it because you love it and want too.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I auditioned for X FACTOR.

I cycled 220 miles across part of India 

I am a really good ventriloquist. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Money!

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Yes, I guess. But I worry less and less about it. Social media is a massive platform where people can say something and it’s taken the wrong way and massively out of context.

So its easy to say or do the wrong thing. But social media is just that, as an artist you have to do things to get people to engage.

Some will like it, some won’t, you will never please everyone. The thing that you have to remember is that social media isn’t who you are. People tend to think they know you because of your self promotion and the fact that you have to expose yourself a little more to keep algorithms and the like moving to keep people listening. But social media is not who you are as a person. 

I do tend to take the mick a bit with silly questions I’ve been asked, and I will admit some of my answers are definitely pork pies, because am not really going to answer questions and tell you over personal stuff, but I am going to take the mick about you asking it in the first place!

Why shouldn’t we expose people for inappropriate questions? but I have had grief for that, but as a female artist these are the things we are exposed to and that’s a different subject entirely.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I would listen to anyones opinion, but nahhh.

What was the worst experience on stage?

My first ever gig! I don’t play guitar well so had someone play for me who yelled at me before I even got on stage. Kinda put me right off.

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

I actually have quite a responsible job! 

What makes you stand out as an artist?

Maybe that my songs don’t all necessarily fit into one genre. 

Do you have any new music coming? what can you tell us about it?

I do but might not be for a few months, finding the cash is sometimes a problem. The amount we pay out as an independent artist to be heard far out ways what we get in!

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