With Jameson Burt stepping off tour with the Grammy Nominated Rival Sons, he gets into what is trending in his music!
We love your music! The Right Time album is a hit!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it.
Tell us what kind of trend you want to make with your music?
I’ve followed my curiosity and pushed myself into a lot of different areas over the years of writing and making music, but I think it’s always been trending towards honesty, towards expressing my true self. Authenticity to myself and always trying to go as deep as I can in the writing, to make sure what I’m putting out feels really true to what I feel & think, true to my experience.
What are the trends you want to stay away from when it comes to your music?
Perfection. A lot of my favorite recordings have these imperfect, human moments, whether it’s Tom Waits or Thom Yorke, that are beautiful in their vulnerability. So much of modern pop music is polished to such an extent that I think it’s taking away from the songs themselves and their potential for human connection. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of pop music I enjoy and plenty of polished music I love! And polish is an art form in itself and people like Daft Punk for instance have made it so compelling, and I’ve been inspired by that at different periods of my record making. My record Tropics is in that vein and I love it and I’m proud of it. But I’m having a strong desire now to get back to more rawness, so we’ll see where that takes me.
Can you tell us the genre of music you are most interested in making going forward?
Honestly I’ve always been most inspired by music that evades genre, rather than adheres to it. A lot of the music I love is the stuff you can’t put your finger on, can’t pin down. It’s a hybrid of a lot of things. That being said, I’m feeling like I want to push a little more into the soul music side of things, that side of myself that’s always there. I’m excited to explore that sort of direction and production with the songs I’m starting to work on now.
Do you think you want to explore other genres?
I love a wide range of music, and I’m fond of “electronic” music in the way that Bjork and Radiohead have done it. So I’ve had in the back of my mind to work in that genre with my creative partner Andrew Wesley Carter, and also to bring in other collaborators. Maybe as a side thing under another name. I’ve made some sort of “cinematic” and somewhat electronic music too with another friend and producer Diego Buongiorno, and I hope more collaborations with him and my team are in the near future.
Coming off of tour, was your confidence ever shaken?
I listened to an interview with Daniel Day Lewis the other day, who is one of my heroes. They asked him if there was a point in the Gangs of New York shoot, which was 8 months long I believe, where he doubted his ability to finish the job and stay in it. He said, “Yes, everyday around 3pm.” I feel that. I go through the full cycle of emotions most days and by the time I walk on stage I’ve pulled myself together and done the work I need to do to be ready to put on a show.
Was there a story you're going to forever remember on this tour?
Oh my, so many. I got to Nashville to start the tour and was supposed to drive to Alabama the next day for a show. Right when I got off the plane I found out the show had been rescheduled, which meant that the first show of the tour for me would be the legendary Ryman Auditorium. I thought I would have had at least one warm-up gig to get ready for that venue. But in retrospect it was so good to be thrown into the fire that way, to have to show up at that place and get on that stage on night one. And I did and the show went beautifully and it really set the tone for the rest of the tour.
Is there anything that is trending right now in music that you're excited about?
I like hearing mainstream hits that are just an artist and a guitar, or just an artist and a piano. I think that’s a great trend in pop and is so much more compelling.
Beyond that, Rival Sons being nominated for a Grammy recently. Real artists and truly great musicians being recognized on that level is encouraging and inspiring. And I think of them as brothers so I’m very proud as well.
What are you expecting to conquer next with your music?
The next thing I want to conquer is a hometown show with my band right after this tour. December 2nd at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, California. I’ve been playing solo on tour and I’m looking forward to doing a full band show, making some proper noise, and seeing everyone back home.
Tell us where we can cheer on more of your success?
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