Jaymes Young

Jaymes Young
Photo by Joshua Shultz

Bellus Magazine (BM):  How did you get into music?

Jaymes Young (JY):  Music was the first art that really made me excited. The first time I picked up and played a guitar, it sounded awful, and I still loved it. I was in my early teens.

Jaymes Young
Photo by Joshua Shultz

BM:  What/who were your biggest influencers growing up?

JY:  I’ve had too many musical inspirations to name, but I’d have to say that my parents really introduced me to a majority of the music that helped shaped my style.

Jaymes Young
Photo by Joshua Shultz

 

BM:  What was the first concert you ever attended?

JY:  I really don’t remember. I saw so many bands play in Seattle as a teenager, and none of them were notable haha. I definitely opened up for Afroman once when he played a college gig. That was too random.

Jaymes Young
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BM:  What was the recording process like for your latest album ‘Feel Something’?

JY:  The process was long and full of consideration. Maybe too much consideration. I worked within a very small means (technology wise) and with a very humble setup. I made myself learn a lot of things along the way, so there was a lot going on in my brain at all times.

Jaymes Young
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BM:  Tell me about the single ‘Feel Something’ itself? What is the meaning behind the track? Why did you choose to name the album after the track?

JY:  Feel Something really helped my describe how I felt about a lot of my past and how its shaped who I am. Especially lyrically, I just felt that it defined what I wanted to say for this album, so the name stuck easily. I’ve had a lot of life experiences before this album and that song was almost my way of signing off on all those chapters, good and bad.

Jaymes Young
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BM:  How did you go about selecting the order of your songs on the album? Is there any significance to ‘Tied Down’ being the first track?

JY:  For Tied Down, I really just wanted to introduce how part of my style had evolved, and how I treated the songs and production for this particular album. I made some songs with a lot more going on in them, but I also took a lot of the live audio and vocals more seriously as a performance, and tried to stretch those performances a bit more towards their limits.

Jaymes Young
Photo by Joshua Shultz

BM:  What is your own favorite song of yours? And why?

JY:  I don’t have a favorite, and I hope I never do. That would put too much pressure on one song for me. I need to feel like each song has an important place within the artistry.

Jaymes Young
Photo by Joshua Shultz

BM:  The day we shot, you were about to embark on your first headlining tour. How has that experience been so far? 

JY:  The experience has been good. There’s so much positivity with my fans, and the people I’m working with. It’s been a pleasant time, and I’m learning many things.

BM:  Is there a city that you are particularly excited to perform in? 

JY:  A lot of the shows have been wonderful. I hate to put one above the other. That first show in Santa Ana was really cool though. Getting that first one under the belt felt like a moment for celebration. Songs years in the making finally getting that live debut….it was awesome.

BM:  What’s next for you?

JY:  More music, and more gigs. A lot more of both.

 

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