We recently hooked up for a session with Jaymes in a midtown studio, coaxing a few acoustic songs out of him, as well as discussing the recent rapid acceleration of his career. "It's hard to keep perspective on your career," he told us. "It feels like it's changing so much". Part of that change has to do with a recent tour he embarked on with Australian, ukulele balladeer, Vance Joy. Playing sold out shows every single night is an up-and-coming artist's dream come true.
But Young has also taken an extremely proactive approach to getting the EP out there. "Getting as many people to hear it as possible is kind of all I really care about. They can download it off the internet, whatever...Spotify...do whatever you got to do. I just want people to hear it".
"It's pretty melancholy, it's pretty serious, and it's kind of dark at times, " Young says of the EP. But it also showcases two different sides of his personality; the singer-songwriter side, which he admits has been a part of his life forever, and the production side, which is less stripped down and more defined by unique and interesting sounds. "It's important to relate to whoever's listening, " he adds. "I used to do a lot of coffee shop shows in Seattle. If there are 2 or 3 people in there I want them hear what I'm saying and if they get something out of it, mission accomplished". There are a lot more people listening now.
Check out our one-on-one interview with Jaymes above and be sure to come back to the site this Tuesday for the full, 3 song session of songs from the Habits Of My Heart EP.
In a dark room, in cold sheets, I can't feel... - Growing up in Seattle with my parents, they had like, a pretty big music taste too so yeah, it's nice to get a big palette for different things. Seattle is pretty musically diverse, you know? I mean, there's grunge, hip hop, folk music, metal, there's everything. So, I'm pretty happy that I grew up there. I think the reason the attraction to, you know, moving to Los Angeles, you know, obviously just because it's the hub. It's where everything happens and it's just, you know, it's calling our names as soon as we kind of get into the creative zone or the artistic zone. I kind of moved down to Los Angeles on a whim, actually, and kind of just fell in love with it afterwards as far as just the scene goes. I would say Los Angeles is really saturated with, you know, everybody who wants to act, and dance, and sing, but I think if you love what you do, it doesn't really matter and even if you're hanging on by a string, you know, it's just part of the game. You just gotta keep going. Oh the habits of my heart, I can't say no. It's ripping me apart, you get too close. You make it hard to let you go - Well, I think it's hard to keep perspective on, kind of like your career when it feels like it's changing so much. You're not really sure what's actually changing, it's like, what do I see and what's actually happening. I think one of the important things is that we've gotten a lot of plays out there and we've gotten a lot of, you know, just on the Habits of My Heart song, it did pretty good and just getting as many people to hear it as possible is kind of all I really care about, you know? They can download it off the internet or whatever, it doesn't really matter, Spotify, do whatever you've got to do. I just want people to hear it. And yeah, it's cool going out to shows now, this year, and having like, a solid crowd there who knows the lyrics and, you know, knows who you are when you walk out on stage. It's a good feeling. I'll be good, I'll be good and I'll love the world like I should. I'll be good, I'll be good. I'll be good, I'll be good. - What I sing in my music has always been the same. It's always been the same story and the same preach, I guess you could say. And yeah, it's pretty melancholy. It's pretty like, serious and it's kind of dark at times but it's, you know, it's important, like I said, to relate to whoever's listening. I used to do a lot of coffee shop shows in Seattle and if there's two or three people in there, you know, I want them to hear what I'm saying and if they get something out of it then, you know, mission accomplished. The Habits of My Heart EP is kind of a transitionary piece. It has kind of a lot of different aspects of my musical personality that I wanted to show to people including just like, the singer/songwriter side which has been a part of my life for years, and years, and years, and the production side, of course, as well. Which is less stripped and kind of more, I guess, uniquely defined by like, different sounds and stuff like that. Also, you know, we branched out into some tones and some, I guess genre bending that we felt was closer to where we want the project to go, ultimately. So, I'm really happy with the EP and I'm excited for people to hear the album as well.
Jaymes Young is a singer/songwriter from Seattle currently living in Los Angeles.