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Interview with Jamie Long.
This week I interviewed Plastiq Musiq recording artist Jamie Long. While Mr. Long is fairly new to the music scene, you'd never know it by listening to his music. The songs on his most recent CD, The Never Years, are perfectly crafted and sound as if they were written by an experienced artist, not a relative newcomer. Jamie's songs are a perfect blend of electronic music, acoustic instruments, and Jamie's beautifully melancholy vocals. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Jamie Long at the links below.
Brax: Can you tell me about how you got started in making music?
Jamie Long: I casually started recording back in 2005 after purchasing a little recording kit with Pro Tools (barf). I needed something creative to do after moving from my parents’ house, where I spent most of my creative time painting in a spacious garage. With the move, I ended up in a 600 square foot apartment in the sky with no room to get messy and paint. For me, music was the next obvious step, though I will never give up painting for good. It’s pretty cool how similar the two are.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
Jamie Long: Right now I’ve got around four songs that are the start of a CD in the works under a new name, The Never Years.
Brax: What makes your music special?
Jamie Long: It’s all run through my refreshing and vitalizing filter of good times, vague childhood memories, and things yet to come.
Brax: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Jamie Long: Star Wars.
Brax: What's it like working with Plastiq Musiq? Will you be releasing another project with them?
Jamie Long: Plastiq is great. The guy that runs it is insanely kind. I am indeed planning on a second release with them, sometime in the spring of 2010. I’m stepping it up to a new level, taking my time and working out something that’s hopefully classic. That’s my goal. On it you can expect a remix by Travelogue and Boat Club and around six new songs or ten if it gets crazy.
Brax: If you could do a remix for any artist, who would it be and why?
Jamie Long: Joao Gilberto. I love his music.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Jamie Long: CD's, because they are convenient and tangible.
Brax: What current artists do you listen to?
Jamie Long: I usually have a rotation of five or so bands between the car, work and home. Right now I’ve been playing a lot of La Roux, The Radio Dept, Moto Boy, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Champagne Riot.
Brax: How do you feel bout extraterrestrials?
Jamie Long: I wish I knew one.
Brax: Well, now you do! Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Jamie Long: Other than currently being at the number five spot of a radio station in Qatar, I’ve not really made it. Check back in a year and I’ll let you know!
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Jamie Long: This is my first interview! Thanks for having me.
Visit Jamie Long:
www.plastiqmusiq.com/years (Download Jamie's free remix EP!)
Tell him Brax sent you!
Thanks to Jamie Long.
Check back next Wednesday for my exciting interview with Gary Murray from the band LN.