Straight from Nottingham: Interview with Jake Bugg
Our friend Jake Bugg sings like a chipmunk, spread rot “X Factor” and strumming an acoustic guitar as if he were in a folk band. The new Jake Bugg is inspired by hip hop, spread rot Noel Gallagher and even tries to rap.
Jordan Bassett met a man in the midst of his own rebirth.
Jake Bugg is not ready for close angles. He arrives at a whitewashed studio in West London, shakes hands with us (unexpectedly tight) and leaves to do makeup – it seems that decades pass before he returns. He puts on a white and purple tie-dye jacket, “slightly new rave,” his stylist notes with concern. It seems that Bug’s photographing is not annoying (he would have recently signed a contract with Elite modeling agency), and patiently waiting with his eyes closed for his assistant to smooth out the broken lock, he looks completely calm.
Bugg, who recently celebrated his 22nd birthday, has a reputation for being a spoiled teenager, which is not surprising given that he released his debut album at 19. People writing about him often notice his detachment. “It’s like pestering a obstinate nephew with questions about school,” one writes. This is not the same Jake Bug with whom NME had to spend half a day this time – in his first interview of the year, he gives detailed answers and sometimes even jokes.
This is not the only transformation that recently happened to Jake Bugg. His album “On My One”, due out June 17, 2016, is by no means a new variation of the first two. Of course, there are folk songs to appease the Bugg puritans – the dashing “Put Out The Fire”, the ballad with guitar searches “All That”, but there are experiments. There are two hip-hop numbers: the powerful, rhythmic “Gimme The Love” and “Ain’t No Rhyme”, in which you can hear something suspiciously similar to rap. Otherwise, the album permeates the luscious pop in the style of the 70s. In general, Jake Bugg took serious creative risks.
Work on the album began in early 2015 in scattered places: Malibu, Nottingham. Last year it was reported that Beastie Boys joined Mike Dee in Malibu, but none of his material was on the album.
“He worked on one of my tracks,” Bug confirms, sitting in the dressing room after the photoset. “But I still haven’t received a damn. Do you know what it’s called?” Waiting. ”Do you believe that? Do you believe that, your mother? “They are all the same, damn it, mocking me.”
Bugg and Mike Dee (real name Mike Diamond) spent “a couple of weeks” together, first in a studio in Malibu, then at Mike’s home, but the California lifestyle didn’t contribute to fruitful work.
“Everyone in Malibu is so relaxed,” he says. “All the time: oh, I’ll come to 12. Then she says at 15. But it was the same with me. Mike didn’t do anything for a long time, so I think he just got in shape “was returning to himself. The important thing was that he encouraged me to return to Nottingham and use what I learned. Therefore, although in fact we did not create anything, it definitely affected what I wrote down later.”
This influence can be seen on “Gimme The Love”, the first official single from the album, and “Ain’t No Rhyme”, a rap song. Bugg claims that he “doesn’t know how to rap at all”, so he wrote down his reading book as a draft version so that he could then call a real rapper and re-record the part, but “we couldn’t find anyone on time and the label decided to leave my version. If they believe she will, well. ”
Bugg had previously spoken about the influence that hip-hop had on him, selected from childhood friends who were fond of performers of the first wave of grime: Wiley, Dizzee Rascal. At that time, he himself liked the rap of the 90s from the east coast (“I never liked British rap, never hit me”), now he speaks highly of Run The Jewels, Joey Bada $$. He watched the recent revival of Grime in the person of Skepta and Stormzy, but was not very impressed.
“It often seems to me that this is somehow not new anymore,” he says. “Violence, and guns, and drugs. I like this kind of music because it is real. But new stories would be welcome.”
Throughout our conversation, Bugg then talks to the table, then recalls what needs to be looked into the eyes. It’s very nice to watch how hard it comes to him. We can say for sure that there is a person who does not like the aggressive charm of Jake Bagg – this is Noel Gallagher. Former Oasis leader took Bug with him on tour in the States, but later said that “his heart was broken to hell” when he found out that in spite of the effect of the independent composer who produces the musician, his 2012 debut album “Jake Bugg” and following him in 2013, “Shangri La” was written by him in collaboration with hit makers, including Ian Archer from Snow Patrol.
“But Noel’s latest album is pretty crappy, right?” Says Bug. “So write it. I’m not offended because Noel is just like that — he spread rot on Ed Sheeran and hangs out with him at the party next week. He’s like that.”