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Fast Five: Jonathan Whiskerd



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started singing at the age of 8, in my primary school choir. We had two wonderful music teachers and they were probably the first people to really switch me onto the buzz of singing and making music. They made it fun for the first time. I remember when I was about 9, I was picked to sing a solo part in the style of Elvis for a rock and roll number we were doing. Thankfully there is no video evidence of this! I started writing and performing my own songs from about the age of 13. I formed a band in school and never looked back. I never seriously considered any other career; I did work for a musicians’ charity for a while, but I kept coming back to music-making.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as ‘real pop’ – self-penned and honestly-performed pop songs. I write about deeply personal experiences, my songs are inspired from deeply personal experiences and I try and write them so that other people can relate to or understand them. I have always loved simple songs that feel real and emotional – and so that has always been a goal for me as a songwriter. I think there is real beauty in simplicity, both lyrically and musically. That’s why I was determined to make a record that captured very honest and spontaneous musical performances. I think this is the best way to present my songs.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Since I finished the album at the end of last year, I have been rehearsing and gigging with my band in London. Last week we shot a video for the first single Blind Belief, which is out May 20th. This weekend we are heading out on a two-week national schools and radio tour, which should be great fun. I am really looking forward to getting out of London and meeting lots of new people.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I would love to duet with Guy Garvey of Elbow. He is one of the most engaging, enigmatic and emotional performers I have ever seen.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

It would have to be ‘Battle Studies’ by John Mayer. It’s so atmospheric – both melancholy and uplifting at the same time – and is a collection of beautiful songs. The production is immaculate. I don’t think I could get bored of listening to it.


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