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Interview: The Blue Arctic

Joining us for an interview to talk about music is The Blue Arctic.

Hi, how are you?

I’m very good, thanks. I’ve been in the studio for the last four days, so I hope I don’t seem too tired.

So, how did you get into music? 

You know, I often think of this old piano that used to be up in the attic when I was a kid. 

My mum got me a teacher and I had to play scales, and learn small pieces and all that. But I was never much of a prodigy. I think I just liked to be out with my friends and never got into the technical side of the whole thing, so sitting through lessons was just a bit dull.

But then after every lesson, I remember spending hours pressing the heavy keys in hope of extracting something that I don’t even know were called melodies. I’ve just always been fascinated by how one sequence of notes can sound like nonsense and another just makes sense, and that’s what I was starting to discover then. I think that’s where it all began.

How did ‘First Time’ come about?

You know I’m still trying to figure out why my songs appear in such a random way. There are times when you sit down, get on to an idea and stay up half night working on it. Then at 4 a.m., you record what you’ve just done and go to bed thinking you’ve just come up with a hit. But the morning after you listen back to it and realise you’ve wasted another night.
But then a couple of days later you’re putting your shoes on to go and grab a coffee and some melody starts to rotate in your brain. You hum it into your phone and a week later you’ve got something ready for your next single. For the chorus of ‘First Time’ that was exactly how it happened. Except I think I was looking for my phone charger instead of putting on my shoes. So random.

What were the challenges of making ‘First Time’?

I never paid much attention to ‘First Time’ until a friend of mine heard a demo of it and said he had the hook stuck in his head for hours. In terms of challenges I think it’s not the easiest song to sing, you know. The chorus can’t be sung higher and the verse can’t be sung lower. And so it’s squeezed in between the lowest and highest points of my singing register. It’s a giant challenge to sing it live. I was looking for the guitar hook for quite some time. But once I had it the rest went quite fast and smoothly. 

What are your plans for 2019?

Well, I’ll be continuing to perform ‘First Time’ which I’m really looking forward to. And then I’ll be moving on to the next single, which is going to be one of my new songs called ‘Stellar Love’. I’ve already recorded an acoustic version of it at Union Chapel in London which is a beautiful venue. But there will be lots more performances to come. On top of the singing, my other big priority is to write as much new material as I can, and I’m also looking forward to writing more songs for some great artists I’m collaborating with.


Jack F. Williams


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