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