The first time I heard Alice Jemima’s lovely voice on her mellifluous track All The Boyfriends, I knew there was something special about her. Only 19, she is a superb songwriter and blooming talent. Always writing new music, AMBY spoke to Alice about inspirations, By Your Side and which albums changed her life.
AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe your music?
Alice Jemima: A question I’m never quite sure how to answer! So I’ll use some words from Just Music That I Like (another great music blog), in a hope to try and describe it:
‘Delicate guitar shimmers and a gently plucked chord rhythm leads the way for Alice’s pretty, warming vocals that just like in everything I’ve heard from Alice so far, it’s the deceptive simplicity of her voice / melody combination that shines through.’ – http://www.justmusicthatilike.com/2012/05/alice-jemima-4-first-love.html
AMBY: You have recently released your All The Boyfriends EP. Is there an album in the works?
Alice Jemima: I’m not working on an album, right at this moment, but I’m constantly writing and recording new material every day.
AMBY: I adore the song By Your Side, what is the story behind it?
Alice Jemima: There’s not really a story behind By Your Side, as such, not a personal one anyway, but I guess the song’s about finding that person who makes you feel brilliant, and wanting to share your adventure with them; having them by your side.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Alice Jemima: I’m hoping I’ve still got some time with this one!
So far, though, the albums I treasure and feel are a big part of my life would have to be:
- Corrinne Bailey Rae’s – First album; hearing this album inspired me to want to sing, I never wanted to sing before that! I used to mime in school assemblies/big groups of people, terrified of people hearing me.
- Belle and Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress; my step dad used to play this lots in our old flat when I was about 10, it takes me back each time I hear it. I love them.
- Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (& The Paradise Edition); I’ve had this album on repeat since it was first released. I’m in complete awe of her songwriting, and the retro-60’s-sounding pop she creates. Each song she sings is a massive hit, in my eyes. Unbelievably good. Her style is perfect too!
AMBY: Which artists inspire you as a songwriter?
Alice Jemima: The above, plus Feist, The xx, Beth Orton, Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse, Nerina Pallot, Ben Howard, Emeli Sande…
AMBY: What’s been on your iPod as of late?
Alice Jemima: I listen to the Hype machine charts quite a bit these days, and have come across some great stuff recently. This week I came across a band called Sir Sly – got strong feeling they’re gonna be big! They’re track Gold is so good. Someone else who I took me by surprise recently is a guy called Rhye, his song The Fall is breathtaking.
AMBY: What’s your proudest achievement to date?
Alice Jemima: Making my first EP ‘All The Boyfriends’ – I wrote, recorded and mixed it all by myself. I wanted to have something out there in the world, so decided to just go for it. I learnt a LOT whilst making it, and really enjoyed the process, but I’m not too sure I’d want do it that way again!
AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.
Alice Jemima: A gig with any of the artists I’ve named in this interview would be amazing! Corinne Bailey Rae played a gig at St Lukes a while ago (theres some footage on YouTube) – the stage set up / venue / backdrop is all perfect. That’s the kind of gig I’d love to play.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
Alice Jemima: For me, the best song of 2012 was Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood. One of those songs I could listen to over and over again, and will carry on doing so! A great tune for the summer playlist.
AMBY: Lastly, tell me something about you that nobody knows yet.
Alice Jemima: That’d be telling.
Thank you Alice, for giving us your answers!
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Alicia & Yaz Atout