Interview: Jade Bird talks about her roots as a musician and her favorite shows backstage at Bumbershoot

Jade Bird beams rays of sunshine as she greets us with a warn, cheerful, “Hello!” after her set at Bumbershoot. Energy abounds from the young British singer while the day winds down around her.

Hi! How was your set?
We had a really good show! I’m introducing a lot more alternative tones to the set now. I’ve written six new songs and I’m finishing the album to come out early next year. There’s a different aura about them. It’s a bit more punchy, more out there. I’m really experimenting with a female punk mentality; very in-your-face and unapologetic.

What’s your favorite song to perform live?
There’s a new (unreleased) song called “Hold That Thought” – it’s just really fun to play. I really enjoy the quieter ones as well. I have a song called “What Am I Here For” that I play first as an introduction. Depends on what vibe I want to go for.

What was your initial inspiration to start writing music?
Like everyone I personally love, artist wise, it came from a place of therapy. I was about 12 when I started writing songs. The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that I write all my material by myself, which is rare now. I started gigging when I was 14 and the rest is history.

Has there ever been a song you wish you did a little bit different?
Not usually. I’ll change them if I don’t like it. You correct stuff as you go along. My favorite bands have three favorite versions of a song before we even hear one, you know?

Is there any place you’ve performed that sticks out in your memories?
Bonnaroo! The people were just… mad. I’ve never really had that before. My first London headline too – 500 people came out to see me. That’s mad and you never really get used to it.

If you were in charge of the playlist for a road trip what would be the first and last song you play?
Ahhhh. “Stuck In The Middle With You”. I play quite unusual stuff. Oh geez let me think.. Oh! “Down In Mexico” by The Coasters. You’ll have to listen to it; it’s a great tune. I like weird and wonderful stuff when I’m on tour. It gets you in a cool mood.

Jade is an emerging indie powerhouse. You can listen to her album, Something American, here.

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Interview: Jade Bird talks about her roots as a musician and her favorite shows backstage at Bumbershoot

Jade Bird beams rays of sunshine as she greets us with a warn, cheerful, “Hello!” after her set at Bumbershoot. Energy abounds from the young British singer while the day winds down around her.

Hi! How was your set?
We had a really good show! I’m introducing a lot more alternative tones to the set now. I’ve written six new songs and I’m finishing the album to come out early next year. There’s a different aura about them. It’s a bit more punchy, more out there. I’m really experimenting with a female punk mentality; very in-your-face and unapologetic.

What’s your favorite song to perform live?
There’s a new (unreleased) song called “Hold That Thought” – it’s just really fun to play. I really enjoy the quieter ones as well. I have a song called “What Am I Here For” that I play first as an introduction. Depends on what vibe I want to go for.

What was your initial inspiration to start writing music?
Like everyone I personally love, artist wise, it came from a place of therapy. I was about 12 when I started writing songs. The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that I write all my material by myself, which is rare now. I started gigging when I was 14 and the rest is history.

Has there ever been a song you wish you did a little bit different?
Not usually. I’ll change them if I don’t like it. You correct stuff as you go along. My favorite bands have three favorite versions of a song before we even hear one, you know?

Is there any place you’ve performed that sticks out in your memories?
Bonnaroo! The people were just… mad. I’ve never really had that before. My first London headline too – 500 people came out to see me. That’s mad and you never really get used to it.

If you were in charge of the playlist for a road trip what would be the first and last song you play?
Ahhhh. “Stuck In The Middle With You”. I play quite unusual stuff. Oh geez let me think.. Oh! “Down In Mexico” by The Coasters. You’ll have to listen to it; it’s a great tune. I like weird and wonderful stuff when I’m on tour. It gets you in a cool mood.

Jade is an emerging indie powerhouse. You can listen to her album, Something American, here.

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