Der englische Singer/Songwriter Jack Savoretti trat am 22. März als Supportact von Jake Bugg im Zürcher Plaza Klub auf. Janosch Tröhler traf den sympathischen «Man with his guitar» am m4music Festival und hat ihm einige Fragen gestellt. Das Interview auf Englisch hier:
Your third Studioalbum Before The Storm is now available in Europe. How was the production compared with the first two records?
It was completely different. The other ones took quite a bit of time. This time we locked ourselves into the studio for four days and it took us only these four days. We were on the road for a year and wrote all the songs. We knew exactly how we wanted them to sound.
Are there some first takes on the album?
I think most of them. We did about four takes of every song and we went almost always with the first take. On the first take everybody is listening carefully and is paying attention.
What means success for you?
I don’t know. Keep doing it, make another album, which is not that easy. It’s all about making enough money to live and make another album.
Music business is very competitive. How hard is it, not to lose creativity with all the pressure and expectations?
In my work I don’t have any pressure. I always write, when I feel pressure I write.
I get more pressure on the workside. Just keepin’ it alive, finding money. Financing everything is the actual pressure. Music is easy, it’s the fun part.
Your songs are about life. Where do you get the inspiration? Is there personal experience in it?
It’s almost all personal experience, unfortunately. I used to be more story-telling. I mean, I used to write songs about war when I was nineteen. I’ve never been to war, but I used to fascinate me. For Before The Storm I was going through my own little war. It was kind of an anxious time. The songs are about growning up and this difficult time.
Is it easier to write happy songs or sad songs?
It’s very difficult to write happy songs. Everybody will tell you that. But it’s very easy to write bad happy songs. (laughs)
On Before The Storm are a few happy songs. But actually, if you read the lyrics without the music, they aren’t very happy songs.
Do you think, people don’t appreciate meaningful lyrics anymore?
No, I think that’s changing. You got people like Jake Bugg, number one in the charts. Mumford and Sons, number one in the charts. Adele, number one in the charts. That is great music, great and meaningful songs.
You always gonna have these cartoons. We call it bubblegum-music, but there’s space for that too. You need a good meal, but sometimes you just want bubblegum.
You’re a do-it-yourself musician. What do you think about all these casting shows in television?
It’s a different game. That is purely business and they’re using music. What I do, is music, but I need business to keep doing it. It’s like a good restaurant and McDonald’s. One is always producing the same thing. You know, what you’re gonna get and it’s not very expensive. What I like to do, is having my own restaurant and I decide what I wanna serve.
Where do you want to go with your music?
You always hope for something big. You want as many people to hear your music as possible. You don’t make music just to sit in a box, you want the world to hear it. And you wanna to travel the world with it. There’s no better way to travel!
Na dann: Gute Reise, Jack!