RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MANCHESTER ARTIST JAMIE FERGUSON
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Jimi Hendrix, it’s hard to imagine my life without the influence of his music
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I do this all on my own. I suppose I started as a guitarist and naturally progressed in to a songwriter and can sort of wing it on other instruments.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
I feel I am doing great. I make a living from the music industry which is all I ever dreamed of since the age of eleven when I started playing,
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
I think so, you seem to be doing great things and I am happy to be involved.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I am convinced Kevin Parker is an alien but maybe that’s not too crazy a conspiracy theory.
Lets share the love, what bands are doing really well in your city?
Them Velvet Tongues
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Be true to yourself and always keep in mind what ignited your passion for music. chase that feeling and you will make art that means something to you.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Maybe a couple of pedals that were over the top
What was the worst experience on stage?
My amp stopped working in my school assembly
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. I am a huge ABBA fan
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Inter-dimensional groove blues.
What makes you stand out as a artist?
I am unapologetic about my affiliation with 60s and 70s songwriting and will never change.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
It’s catchy and authentic. It is true to my character and takes inspiration from as many genres as possible.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
I sat at my laptop with my guitar, tom collins and some psychedelics. I was listening to parcels and tried to emulate a similar groove. Once I had this instrumental verse. I then envisioned an entire story based on the music. I could see a disco in an LA sunset with a Latino girl and a Ford mustang. The lyrics tell the story of what I was seeing in my mind. The rest of the song wrote itself based on that vision.
What was the recording process like?
I did it in my bedroom and later took it to a friend to re-record some cleaner vocals, and the bass and then we mixed it together.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I would say not to overthink things. Really, I am such an overthinker and it got to the point where I was second-guessing everything and being too much of a perfectionist. I surrender to the creative process a lot more freely now.
Maybe I would re-record the bass slightly differently.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
The more responsibility you adopt the more meaningful your life will be.