“Why do I have to try , just to please you almost every single night, why do I have to try, I’m never gonna lie, I’m looking in your eyes, shooting your disguise, now clever to surprise, by asking myself why, why do I have to try, I don’t know why." Quoted from “Why Do I by Jamie and Shoony”.
It has been over a year since I last caught up with this artistic indie band based in Scotland aka Jamie & Shoony. I was so enthusiastic to get the chance to see how their instrumental career has been since their first video playing in Asda that boost started their careers. So much news has happened for this band, from Shoony moving and working with new instruments to an amazing opportunity playing at the Glasgow Barrowland in March! (Ticket can be found at the bottom). That’s right, it’s all happening and it is super exciting!
Jamie & Shoony - Why Do I [Official Music Video]
“When we played at Linlithgow for Party at the Palace in front of 8,000 people opening for the hit maker Nile Rogers & Chic. I even ended up on stage dancing with him and Subo for his encore song Ha Ha. Check YouTube for highlights of that performance and me dancing like a mad man.” Quoted by Jamie when asked about their amazing audience.
Introducing the band
Vocals - Jamie K
guitar - Shoony
bass - matt watson
drums - Jamie h
From tours to drawing boards, late night cords, these guys have what it takes to show the world what amazing true indie Scottish music is. I have managed to grab some of their time out of their busy schedules to ask some much-needed questions us fans want to know!
Hello! It's been a while since we last had a catch-up! You guys are doing amazing in the music industry that must feel great! Tell us what’s been new since we last had a chat?!
"Hey Jadine, It's good to catch up again. We have been major busy and grown greatly as musicians since we last spoke. Shoony has moved from acoustic to electric guitar for a much bigger sound and we are involved in Scotland's most positive collective 'The Yellow Movement' which binds together like-minded people who love music and good times.
The band has had a superb 2015 playing to sell-out crowds at the O2 ABC, Kings Tuts Wah Wah Hut, The Electric Circus and Saint Lukes. Now buzzing to build on that this year to make it even bigger and better and winning 'Live Act of the Year' at the Local Music Scene Awards in January has set it up nicely."
Wow you have been so busy! It is amazing how far you have come and you have a massive exciting road ahead! You have been playing all over Scotland! Your next gig is Yellowland !!! What have you in store for the fans? "This gig is the big one for us, the Glasgow Barrowland is one of the most famous venues in the world and we are living a dream of getting to play there, total bucket list stuff for us. It's the pinnacle of what we have been working towards the past few years and so glad we get to share the stage with our Yellow brothers and sisters in the bands, Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, The Girobabies, Have Mercy Las Vegas and The Twistettes.
We are running buses from Edinburgh, Fife, Balloch & Clydebank and fans can expect new songs and a brand new visual show."
I can imagine! That must be so motivating as well! It's going to be an amazing outcome! What so far has been the most epic gig you have performed at?
"We have been very lucky to have played so many epic shows but the Yellow Movement Xmas show last December at the lovely Saint Lukes venue in Glasgow was a special one for us. The line-up was insane and the vibe was just electric, it was completely sold out and everyone was there with their dancing shoes, ready to party.
You can see clips of that show in our brand new music video for 'Who Are You' -online Friday 26th Feb."
Fantastic atmosphere I can imagine. You must have met really interesting people along the way, tell us who? "We meet amazing people all the time, music brings the best out of folk so everyone is always really nice to us.
'Who Are You' - Jamie & Shoony (Official Music Video) - Who Are You video is out now and available to buy on itunes now**
We love everyone we meet at gigs whether it's fans that travel cities to see us play or the unsung heroes that are involved in making the shows happen like the sound engineers, stage managers and the beautiful people that decorate the festival tents and of course the very talented artists we get to play with - they are all legends in our eyes."
What about anyone inspirationally famous?
"We have met Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Kevin Bridges, Susan Boyle, Nile Rogers and Gavin Mitchell aka Boabby the Barman from Still Game who is now a fully pledged Yellow Movement pioneer and attends lots of shows."
That must have been something fantastic! Gathering inspirational advice and having them watch your turns come to life! What are your top 3 best songs you don’t mind playing over and over as a band?
"We love playing all our songs but at the moment I would say our favourites live are:
'Who Are You' - set to be released as our first single.
'Bite Your Tongue' - one of our newest songs in our live set.
'Anyway' - one of our oldest and most loved tunes, played hundreds of times but for some reason it never gets old."
Love the song “Who Are You”. Tell us about it?
"It's one of the first songs we wrote since Shoony went electric and I think it's the perfect introduction to us as a band and that is one of the main reasons that this will be released as our debut single and first track from our upcoming E.P. The music video will be out next week and available to buy shortly after our gig at the Barras."