Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt, the winner of this year BBC Sound of 2016 released his debut album phase on February 19, 2016

Better would have 2015 fOr the British Jack Garratt easy going can. Could the Producer overachiever already 12 months ago inundated with requests, praise and Co., he ended last year with the announcement of its interim finished debut album phase: An album that Garratt has completely self-written, self-recorded, self-absorbed and mostly also produces itself. And it when it appears in February 2016 once and for all is likely to catapult into the international spotlight, since no later than the year of the 24-year-old has moved into the fast lane ...

Only a few days of the new year had passed when Jack officially the winner of this year BBC Sound of 2016 forecast was declared. An award that in conjunction with the announced in December Price the forthcoming BRIT Awards - the Critics' Choice Award - Shows how much tailwind this young man enjoying currently. Certainly the music was never a competition, which is really about first places and the like, but when that would be: Then would Jack Garratt clearly the new champion, that's for sure.

Even now can get dizzy if you want to list all the highlights of the past months: How did he completely brought in January 2015, the audience at the Future Festival of Radio 1 for disengagement to then really every single concert in the UK and the (!) sell out US and eventually also the "Introducing Artist of the Year" award of the BBC to win in December, 2015. A clear case: His scrapbook is now as good as full; it is probably a second and then another fOr must create it. Not bad for a guy who usually tends to do everything alone.

It meets the thing with the "modest bedroom producer-existence" now no longer probably 100%. "Now, alone with the term you move on so damn dangerous territory," says the tall Jack Garratt grinning and travels with his hand thoughtfully through his red beard. "I hate that I have to say only that I produce my own songs -. And you automatically think all that I squat over my laptop bent in closet, and wallow myself in my own self-doubt FOr such nonsense life much too short, "he said then, adding to the" Moreover, I have for some songs phase also some excellent guest producers brought to my side, and that was a really exciting experience for me. We have really come a long way together. "

Although one must not forget that it is in Jacks development even points as those were, at which he was not even sure if the music for him was the right thing Ever: doubts that were so large that he had even already decided for a life as a primary school teacher to the Education finally has to throw. The entire drum sticks, pads and buttons that brings the Bedroom-Producer-existence with them, had been just too tempting. Perhaps it was the best decision of his life.

His first official sign of life, the limited EP "Remnants" (Early 2014 on their own via Bubinga Records Released), on a early version of the album songs "Worry" respectively, had an energy that you almost have to be described as spiritually: The fact gathered tracks united his addiction to Electronica with classic, dominated by guitar songwriting that but by an overdose Frank Ocean consumption (channel Orange) Had become more minimalist with time.

But there was another, extremely important album, which he simply could not get enough: Blunderbuss Jack White. "I would even say that Blunderbuss and channel Orange The two main reasons are that my music will sound today as it sounds: I was just totally in this untreated riffs, these blues Reprint of Jack White, but just as I was on the casual arrangements and the whole mood of channel Orange. And why these worlds should please not be combined with one another? Let but - And so the result sounds ".

Born in a small village in the southern English county of Buckinghamshire, grew Jack up in a musical household and learned early on how to deal with various instruments - one thing that accompanied him to this day. His first acoustic concerts were largely under open-mic nights held, but when he had then only once found his own sound, was the plan so completely different platforms to conquer. Everything about this sound, both during the recordings and on stage, he does it alone. The intimacy of the blues and his grandiose rough voice take on beats and bass that have plenty of emphasis to also times to shake the foundations of a concert hall. Or let's say this: He will make sure that you can not so easily come to rest. And that the hands permanently stay in the air.

That Jack his tracks largely produced in isolation, is the influence of certain Leftfield Producer greats of recent years due to: Flying Lotus, Son Lux and Jai Paul He cites, for example, as important sources of inspiration, because they made it again, so Jack, existing material into something new, to transform inexpensive student. "These are guys who are simply times on a completely different level. And I think it's incredible how disarmingly their productions sometimes sound."

Published in early summer 2015 Successor EP "Synesthesiac" showed that Jack Garratt Since the release of "Remnants" made a quantum leap had: The first track "The Love You've Given", the well on his upcoming phase-Album is represented, set to music works like a smoldering fire until the piece literally exploded and lit in 1000 colors. Another album highlight that was also already available on the EP is, "Chemical", a wild, unbridled track meet on an overdose handclaps on massive beats and a grandiose dance floor Hook. Although it is difficult to grasp what Jack there actually does exactly one sensed even then, somehow, that it was determined clout for larger venues - the kind of stages, he will enter this year.

By Track "Weathered", the clearly one of the highlights of his live sets, and the first single "Breathe Life" Has Jack the cards in advance completely confidently laid on the table: Both are Oversized, incredibly catchy tracks, where one notices that the 24-year-old has his sound found. He scares obviously no longer afraid to show its strengths. There are songs that really go immediately under the skin and have the self to the greatest playlists not the least bit out of place. On phase one finds several pieces of this caliber - even though Jack at the same time remains absolutely faithful to its original sound not a bit watered down. The driving "Fire" or even a future anthem "Surprise Yourself" are just two of several other songs that now include in his concerts also among the highlights are likely ...

Speaking of live shows: After a consistently sold-out UK tour in the autumn, during which he also appeared in the Shepherd's Bush Empire, are part of the upcoming tour already sold out: Among other things, his next gig at London's Brixton Academy, and although Mr. Garratt his album is indeed publish until February. In May 2016 he is fOr four concerts come to Germany.

Is certainly not a bad feeling, these days in the skin of Jack Garratt stuck: "Yes, currently really every day brings something new, something exciting always happened Mich skin that to really!"

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