Q’s Best Break­through Act on the joy of fa­mous col­lab­o­ra­tors and Iowan sur­prises.

Ev­ery day is Fri­day for the big-bearded synth-pop­per. IN­TER­VIEW: NIALL DO­HERTY

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It says a lot about Jack Gar­ratt’s 2016 that when he speaks to Q from his tour­bus in Amer­ica, he has ab­so­lutely no idea what day it is. Then again, ev­ery day must feel like Fri­day for the big-bearded synth-pop­per. His de­but al­bum Phase went Top 5 at the start of the year and Lit­tle Chal­font, Buck­ing­hamshire’s most fa­mous ex­port and Q Awards Best Break­through Act has been on the road with his one-man-band spec­tac­u­lar ever since. “This en­tire year has been one huge glo­ri­ous abun­dance of light, it’s all shin­ing,” he says, guid­ing us through the high­lights.


“Two days be­fore I went to Texas for SXSW, I had two days in the studio with Sia in Los Angeles. It was in­cred­i­ble and one of the most eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve ever had. She was one of the most com­fort­ing and en­cour­ag­ing writ­ers I’ve worked with. We spent the first half an hour with me sit­ting at a pi­ano work­ing through chord se­quences I was mak­ing up on the spot and her with her lap­top out on record, kind of com­mit­ting to some of them with melodies. I was in a room with one of the most im­por­tant pop writ­ers of this gen­er­a­tion and I had to con­vince my­self I was worth that time and worth that sit­u­a­tion.”


“Glas­ton­bury still holds such a sweet fa­mil­iar taste in my mouth. It was one of the most un­de­ni­ably proud mo­ments cos my mum and dad were in the crowd and that was a big crowd. To be on the John Peel Stage, to have it be as full as it was, to have my mum and dad in the mid­dle of the crowd, that was as close to perfect as fes­ti­vals can be.”


“I got en­gaged this year, which was great. I’ve tried to stop my­self from talk­ing about my fi­ancée but it’s im­pos­si­ble. She’s one of the only things I would love talk­ing about for the rest of my life. We moved to Chicago about a year ago and we got en­gaged when I per­formed at Lol­la­palooza this year, which was a month ago. It was one of the hap­pi­est days of my life.”


“We went to Des Moines, Iowa, and it was a dif­fi­cult one, it was a ter­ri­tory I’d never been to be­fore. I’m aware it’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult mar­ket. I had no idea how it was gonna go, and the tick­ets sold OK in the end, but the week be­fore hadn’t done so well. Any­how, what ended up hap­pen­ing was that the peo­ple who were there had the best fuck­ing time they could’ve had. They just went for it, they were on fire. It was eas­ily one of my favourite shows that we’ve done.”

With that, Gar­ratt heads off to per­form the last date on his US tour. Next, he’ll head back to Chicago to catch up with his fi­ancée for the first time since propos­ing and, when the time is right, per­haps he can reac­quaint him­self with the days of the week too.

I’d rather Jack: Gar­ratt with his Best Break­through Act award.

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