Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Jamie Parisio

Jamie ParisioJamie Parisio is a wonderful artist from London, his songs are incredibly beautiful and he’s a very nice person. I was very happy when he answered AMBY some questions. In this interview he tells us who inspires him, what he’s doing for fun, and many more interesting things.

AMBY: For a start, how would you describe the sound of the music you create to those unfamiliar with your music?

JP: It’s simple music steeped in emotion and fable. Musically I suppose it leans towards the folky side of things, the three part harmonies that run through it keeping  it very rich and 60’s sounding. I like music that makes you feel something.

AMBY: I absolutely love your song “Tangles Never Tire”, so who or what inspires you?

JP: Tangles started out as a self-reflective poem I wrote while I was living in Vancouver a few years back. It was a very grey and wet Canadian winter, I was crashing on my friend’s sofa and trying to find some work but wasn’t having any luck so took to writing. In terms of inspiration I was listening to loads of Iron & Wine, Blind Pilot, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Morning Benders largely thanks to my pal Craig out in BC who turned me on to a load of Pacific West Coast artists at the time.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

JP: The artist I’ve been listening to constantly for the past two weeks is Edith Piaf having finally gotten around to watching La Vie En Rose and it having a massive impact on me musically and emotionally. Her tragic story really resonated with me and it just lit up the songs with a poignancy I hadn’t heard in them before. Aside from Edith it’s been a steady diet of Low Anthem, Townes Van Zandt & Tom Waits.

AMBY: And what song couldn’t you live without ever hearing again?

JP: New Slang – Shins, no question. It’s been in my heart since I bought Oh! Inverted World on import from HMV in 2003.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

JP: Love thy neighbour would be the obvious one. My pet hate is people that don’t listen so maybe that in a close second.

AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?

JP: Richard Pryor, JFK, and my old friend Sean Lyons who sadly isn’t with us anymore but was a constant inspiration to me and is the subject of the lead track from our next EP – ‘Til The Bottle.

AMBY: Outside of music, what do you do for fun?

JP: I love to travel, to wander, to meet new people, see new places, it feeds my soul.  Other than that I’m a massive Nottingham Forest fan, I try and see them as much as possible during the season but I suppose my main passion lies with my friends, that’s when I’m happiest.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

JP: In terms of life changing records I would have to say Nirvana’s Unplugged album because it was the one that changed everything for me as a teenager and set me on my path. Neil Young’s Harvest was massive for me too, it altered my course from heavier rock to the whole Laurel Canyon scene which was an important step. Finally I would say Chutes Too Narrow by the Shins because it consumed me for around two years; no album has had the same impact on me, a truly perfect record.

AMBY: When it comes to gigs, what would be your dream place to play a concert? (It could be anywhere, for example on the moon, in space or under water…)

JP: I’d love to play a show at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland OR in front of some of my peers. If I could round up James Mercer, Israel Nebeker, Robin Pecknold, Josh Tillman, Sam Beam and a few others that would be a pretty special night!

AMBY: What are your plans for the future?

JP: My second EP will be available at the beginning of July, it’s called Wolf! He Cried, released on Spearhavoc Records. Once it’s released the plan is to play some festivals over the summer, get the EP out to as many people as possible and see where it takes me. The main objective in all this is to enjoy the moment and make music which resonates.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something nobody knows about Jamie Parisio… yet?

JP: When I eat at a restaurant I have to organise everything on the table at right angles else it gives me a headache.


Thank you so much for doing this interview Jamie!

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