Australian singer and songwriter Jarryd James’ is currently touring North America in support of his critically acclaimed U.S. debut album, “High.” James had a moment to talk with me before his show in Denver about the tour, his stage shyness and his enduring passion for music.
Jess: How has the tour been so far?
Jarryd: It’s been non-stop so far I’ve only had a couple of days off. It’s crazy whenever I play music it’s not really about entertaining it’s about doing what I do; the best I can. People understand that when I play by listing intensely or having a huge smile on their faces. I am still not naturally someone who likes to be on stage.
Jess: Your music is just about the lyrics. However, I feel there is a sort of fluid motion to your songs. What is the songwriting process like for you?
Jarryd: I’m not the kind of songwriter that thinks of a topic and writes about it. That feels cheesy and forced, that works for some, but that would be a disaster for me.
Jarryd: Music is such a big part of my life. When I was a kid all I did was play sport and learn how to play instruments. It’s ingrained in me so when I write I just let it flow out, and I don’t know what the song is going to be about till I am finished. I try to make what happens with the music as emotional as possible, to begin with so when the words and the melody start flowing out they have the same sort of impact.
You can catch Jarryd James this Wednesday at the Neptune with Broods. For more info on upcoming tour dates or to keep up with new music from Jarryd follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JarrydJamesMusic/