T BREAK IS OVER

After keep­ing his de­voted – and dra­matic – fans wait­ing for five years, UK singer-song­writer Jamie T is back with a fresh al­bum and out­look

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - DANIELLE MCGRANE Jamie T, Hi Fi Bar, Bris­bane, to­mor­row night.

Jamie T must be hop­ing that ab­sence makes the heart grow fonder, as it’s been five years since his last al­bum. Build­ing on the mo­men­tum from his de­but al­bum, Panic Preven­tion – nom­i­nated for the Bri­tish Mer­cury Award in 2007 – Jamie T (aka Jamie Treays) re­leased Kings and Queens two years later.

But after the suc­cess of both records, Treays ap­peared to dis­ap­pear. His fan­base was left won­der­ing where he had got to, even cre­at­ing a “where is Jamie T?” Face­book page.

But it is not as dra­matic as it sounds, the Lon­doner says.

“The sad truth is ‘what was I do­ing?’ Not much re­ally,” he says. “It’s not re­ally as com­pli­cated as it sounds, but I sup­pose five years in the scheme of this day and age is ob­vi­ously a long time.”

Treays took time off after tour­ing, and just took a bit longer to write his third record, Carry On The Grudge, which landed in Septem­ber.

Treays might have just “taken a break” but he never stopped writ­ing mu­sic.

“All the songs I was writ­ing for a long time didn’t seem to come to­gether as an al­bum,” he says. He even pon­dered other ca­reers. “I wanted to think about where I was go­ing to go with mu­sic and whether I wanted to do mu­sic for a liv­ing any more,” he says.

It was a pro­lific pe­riod for song­writ­ing, but Treays ad­mits he ended up with so many songs he couldn’t see the wood for the trees. He also spent time re­flect­ing on an in­dus­try he’s re­luc­tantly a part of. “I didn’t want to be a part of the scene any­way … So when I stopped on Kings and Queens I thought ‘F--- this, I can’t be ar­sed with this, I’m go­ing to take time off be­cause this is do­ing my head in.”

Treays says he feels ready to come back, be­cause he’s al­lowed him­self the chance to make an al­bum he wanted to make, more slowed down and stripped back than be­fore.

“I can hear more power in the slow stuff I lis­ten to, so I was keen to try and get more power out of slower tem­pos,” he says.

He re­turns to Aus­tralia with new mu­sic, and a new at­ti­tude to­wards his ca­reer.

“If I think about it (as a job) then it’s eas­ier to deal with than if I take it as a per­sonal thing,” he says.

Pic­ture: SONNY McCART­NEY

On tour with a long-awaited new al­bum, Jamie T is in Aus­tralia.

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