Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Feature: Bare Jams (11/02/14)

Bare Jams, are an upbeat, acoustic collective from Guildford. Gathering elements from many genres they mix them together to make a 'solid funky acoustic vibe'. Starting with just Ollie and Sam, Dave joined in later, and since have been writing, gigging and recording even more. More recently, their live set up has grown, with additions of Robin, Jamie and Dom, adding horns and percussion. Their debut single 'Chase The Sun' from debut EP 'Beautys! EP' is out now. I asked Sam some questions, here's his answers!

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
For me, my parents, were always into taking me to gigs when I was younger and I had 'bits' of a drum kit in my grandparents loft which I used to try my luck at, then when I got to 10, my parents decided some real lessons may be an idea. The passion was always there! The lads are all very similar, grew up around music loving parents.

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to? 
We all love our festivals. Glastonbury has been a big part of my summer for the last 4/5 years. Probably experienced my most inspiring show down at Worthy Farm to be honest, but I can't quite remember.

3. What have you been listening to lately? 
I've been listening to all sorts from Congo Natty to Ben Howard, but I've been fixated on 'Will and The People' for about the last year. Fucking great band. Brilliant live show as well.

3 Questions for Bare Jams...

1. Your sound is a great mash up of a few genres, who inspires you musically and why? 
For Bare Jams, our inspirations, come from many different artists, dead and alive. Obviously Bob Marley, he's a big inspiration to anyone creating music in my opinion. We get inspired by loads of different people - Backbeat Sound System, Fat Freddy's Drop, Passenger, Natty, Will and the People, Gentleman's Dub Club, Ben Howard, Jack Johnson, Newton Faulkner, Stevie Wonder... This list would probably go on a while. But you get the drift...

2. Who would be your dream person/band to tour with and why?
Any from the list of our influences, obviously touring with an artist that has influenced your own music would be sick.

3. What songwriting process did you go through creating 'Chase The Sun'? 
Ollie usually sparks a song. He'll come up with chord progressions, melodies and stuff. The basis of the song idea. Dave will help develop the progressions and come up with bass line ideas. And then I'll jam with it til we find a groove. Then Ollie and I usually write lyrics together, sometimes lyrics will already be written sometimes we will write them after the music. For 'Chase The Sun' I think we had some lyrics before the music was complete.

Random Q...

Favourite pizza topping? 
Anything with BBQ sauce instead of tomato!

Reviews of 'Chase The Sun' by Bare Jams:

1. 5/5 - Philippa: the song definitely keeps you interested! I love the drums in the background & the video's great!
2. 5+/5 - Tracy: great upbeat TUNE, loved first time plus video made me laugh!
3. 5/5 - Evan: such a chilled song, nice to have a mash up of genres, and a good video too!

Bare Jams' links:
Beauty's EP! (3 free tracks): http://barejams.bandcamp.com/

Check It Out!

Chart: Braveheart - Neon Jungle

'Braveheart' a song from British girl group Neon Jungle, is their second single from their debut studio album. It peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart and is still in the top 15, nearly a month after release. I think this is one of many more #1 singles from this young group. (WARNING: a couple of explicit lyrics).

Live Performance: Can't Rely on You - Paloma Faith

This track from Paloma Faith, is a really good soulful tune. Written by the English recording artist, Paloma and American singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams. The song is due to be the debut single from her upcoming third studio album, A Perfect Contradiction, due to be released early March. It's a feel good and enjoyable song to listen to. 

Cover: Wake Me Up - Red Hot Chilli Pipers

I heard this around Burns night, and loved it. Red Hot Chilli Pipers put a pretty unique twist on two tracks. Wake Me Up has kept appearing on Youtube being covered, and has done well in the charts recently too, but this cover definitely stands out as one that needs to be listened to, makes you appreciate bagpipes. 

Youtube: Run To You - Pentatonix

Pentatonix are an American acapella group of five vocalists, they won the third season of The Sing-Off in America. All of their mash-ups and covers are definitely worth a watch and a listen, and their originals are also pretty great! They're currently preparing to tour North America and Europe, here's their latest original, Run To You, enjoy! 


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