Interview and Quickfire Questions #35: Jake Bugg

By on Wednesday, 29th August 2012 at 1:00 pm

Jake ‘Lightning Bolt’ Bugg is a bit of an enigma, so Tom came up with some questions for him, like asking about his autumn support slot with the elder Gallagher brother, and below was the result. Ever the reticent one, isn’t he? You can see him live on tour this November.

You’ve recently recorded and released your first EP, ‘Taste It’. How was that experience?
It was bang on.

How different are the tracks on ‘Taste It’ compared to what we’ve already heard? I’m obsessed with ‘Country Song’ and my girlfriend won’t stop playing ‘Lightning Bolt’ (I also think she’s harbouring a bit of a crush).
I think ‘Taste’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’ are pretty similar but I think ‘Kentucky’ and ‘Love Me the Way You Do’ have a country element to them, and ‘Green Man’ has more of a psychedelic feel.

It’s just been announced that you will be supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on their tour of North America this year. How did that come about?
I’m not too sure, I just found out from my management, but I’m excited to be going on Tour with Noel and Snow Patrol.

Has Noel given you any advice?
Ner, not yet with only met a couple times.

Were Oasis a band you’d listen to while growing up?
Yeah, Oasis are great.

I know all your fans are eagerly anticipation the release of your debut album, when will that hit our shelves?
It will be out on October 15th.

You’ve got a very distinct voice and an old-school style, how would you describe your music to those who haven’t heard you before?
Ermm…roots music with a contemporary twist? Not too sure.

Who would you consider a major influence on the music you write?
John Lennon, Donovan, Don McLean…..the list goes on.

Lastly, I’ve read a lot of critics praise you for your lyrics and subject matter; but which song by another artist do you wish you’d have written yourself?
Haha, there’s thousands. [For one] ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean.

And his answer to our TGTF Quickfire Questions:

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Don McLean’s – ‘Vincent’

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Don McLean – ‘Vincent’

3. What song makes you laugh?
A really crap one.

4. What song makes you cry?
A really crap one.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
[Jake skipped this one.]

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
It all depends what mood I’m in, to be honest.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Don McLean – ‘Vincent’.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I don’t have a favourite. I just like what sounds good.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Hmm, probably working in Pork Farms.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
I’d rather not bring one then, as I would just get bored of it.

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