Songwriter Jamie Duff is set to launch the release of his self-titled E.P. with a show at the Mercantile in Dublin on Friday, May 22nd. Duff recently spoke to the Last Mixed Tape about the record.
How did you go about choosing songs to go on your upcoming debut E.P.? Was it difficult to leave some to one side?
It is quite a difficult process yes! Being your own songs, you have a unique relationship with each of them which can make you want to have them all featured on the record, but that’s clearly not the case. The Primary objective is to construct a track listing that will compliment and benefit the EP, giving it a sense of structure and fluidity to the listener.
What did you find yourself writing about on the record the most?
Reflecting back on the creation of this EP, I found myself writing about political issues. Although, anytime I find myself writing about a heavy or less cheerful topic, I try to ensure the music is upbeat and energetic in contrast. A technique I’ve always adopted with regards to song writing has been the use of imagery and metaphors. I like to allow the listener to interpret the lyrics in what ever way they relate to them themselves.
What were you listening to, or what influenced your music whilst making the E.P.?
I have a very eclectic taste in music. I listen to a lot of different genres from rock, pop, dance and Folk. Singer songwriter Tallest Man on Earth has influenced me greatly. His lyrical content within songs is so strong and articulate, along with Fleet Foxes’ bellowing harmonies and Mumford & sons punchy live sound. I tried to capture all these qualities from my favourite acts to formulate my own sound.
Do you see the E.P. as an introduction to you as an artist?
This EP is an introduction to me as an artist absolutely. This is the first ever original piece of work I have ever unveiled to the public. It has been in the making for the past year and a half. So it is a very exciting time for me. I believe the EP is a strong representation of me and I hope it will have a positive impact on the listeners.
Are you excited about taking the E.P. on the road and performing it?
Most definitely! For me, there is nothing better than performing live. It is my main passion. The adrenaline, the energy, the enjoyment is incomparable to anything else. My main concern at the moment is the EP launch on May 22nd at The Mercantile Venue. This is my first live headline show, representing myself also demands a lot of work so fingers crossed that it is a success and then we can think about taking it on the road!
What are your plans for the future?
My plan at the moment is to keep working as hard as I possibly can, keep the head down, keep gigging, writing and hopefully everything will come together soon. Short term goal is to get the EP of the ground, ensure the May 22nd launch is a success and then we shall take it from there.
Click below to watch the music video for ‘Shirts & Ties’ taken from Jamie Duff’s upcoming self-titled E.P.