To­day FM, to­mor­row . . . the world?

Jamie Law­son be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion when Ian Dempsey played his YouTube song on air. The chain of events since has him in a spin, he tells Brian Boyd

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

I’ve been a strug­gling singer-song­writer for the last 15 years – some­times get­ting by, some­times not, and al­ways broke. I have two al­bums out which weren’t ex­actly hits, but early in Jan­uary I started to write for my third al­bum. One of the songs, Wasn’t Ex­pect­ing That, I put up on YouTube and it got a mod­est amount of views, but on Jan­uary 17th it got played by The Ian Dempsey Break­fast Show on To­day FM. There was no phys­i­cal re­lease of the song, so they just played the YouTube au­dio, which isn’t the best – but ap­par­ently the phone lines lit up and loads of peo­ple were ring­ing the sta­tion ask­ing about the song. The re­sponse was re­ally phe­nom­e­nal. play­ing a gig with an Ir­ish mu­si­cian called Mark Dig­nam, and he in­vited me to Dublin. This was in 2004, and I ended up staying a few years. I was re­ally at­tracted by the mu­sic scene and how you seemed to cher­ish your mu­si­cal acts. I was play­ing gigs, but I had a job in Tower Records. I used to play my own al­bum, and some­times peo­ple would come up and ask who was play­ing and that they wanted to buy it. I never told them it was me. It tells a story and it has a sit­u­a­tion that most peo­ple ei­ther have ex­pe­ri­ence of or they know some­one in that sit­u­a­tion. There’s a sort of twist in the tale. I re­mem­ber To­day FM telling me truck driv­ers were ring­ing in say­ing they were stuck in traf­fic and in tears be­cause of what the song is about. It’s now got al­most 300,000 views on YouTube.

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