Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
Steven Jaymes; born in New Zealand, grew up in Central Otago, the South of the South Island, spent holidays working on the family farm or with my father who also was a builder, always had a passion for art and music and while studying art, joined a band that ended up touring when I was just 17.
Tell us your academic qualification.
I was a reasonable student at school, gained what we call U E, and then hit the road. Academically qualified for nothing……In the real world have done a few things.
Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
I toured New Zealand at 17 and 18 then shifted to Australia where I continued learning to work in a chain gang laying railway track in the day and gigging at night, which eventually led to touring in Australia. Music has been good to me, I have toured, performed, and lived in Europe – Spain, England, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, New York, and Japan. Two personal favorites were playing at the Legendary Bitter End on Bleaker New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
Genre wise I sit somewhere between Alt-country, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Song inspired along with another called Candy from walking the Back Streets of Brussell’s back from the train station and seeing an inordinate number of Government style limos in a certain district.
Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.
Not sure if I am qualified to answer that one, I make my living from music though; the main thing is to turn up
every day and do one more thing, to be employable as an artist or a side-person you have to tick all the boxes not just be a good player. You need to cover:
Know your Instrument.
Turn up with your instrument in working order and spare strings extra leads etc.
Professionalism on and off stage.
Learn the Material.
Now you are one of the very few in-demand players.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
Live performance, YouTube, Internet, Web Site, Videos, Facebook, Gigging, Gigging, Gigging.
Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
Good coffee makes me happy, bad coffee makes me sad.
Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.
There is continuity in all things.
List the radio stations, TV stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
ABC Australia AAA Country.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
This song features the wonderful Abby Skye, we gig sometimes and she is a force of nature.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
Over 30 years is a demanding mistress but gives you a wonderful lifestyle if you can handle it. Future goals are to keep playing music.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
Just seeing the familiarity from a different angle.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
Strength: is my sensitivity to the crowd.
Weakness: Sensitivity to the crowd.
List your five favorite artists.
Impossible, Beethoven, Miles Davis, Guy Clarke, Elton John, Jon Cleary.
Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
You need a label until the label needs you.
Tell us the instruments put together in this song.
Standard Rock Format: Bass Drums Percussion Acoustic Guitar Electric Guitar Piano and a few FXs.
Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
Starting young helps you more, and then you gain confidence from knowing your material and instrument. Practice, practice performing and practice like it’s a performance.
Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
Own a radio station and pay 1% of the revenue to music.
Tell us your experience pertaining to TV/Radio plugging.
It’s relentless and the last thing you get to do is play music.
Narrate your recording experience.
Come and join me in the studio for the next recording, sometimes words don’t tell the story.
List your various works.
Things Get Better
Five 2 Midnight
Live at Leftys
Everything Must Change
Steven Jaymes The Best of Vol 1
State links to connect you on social media.