Interesting interview with top musician
Jamie Woodfin Jr
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I was 18 when I started to write my own songs and really felt strongly about making music a career.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I love Rock and Blues music. A few of my favorites are Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin , Howling Wolf, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. There is something about the songwriting and guitar parts in their songs that I really love.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I have a passion for video games, huskies and professional wrestling.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I think my song "Turn on Tune in Drop Out" does a great job demonstrating my style. The lyrics are about my relentless nature to pursue my dreams and the music showcases my guitar playing.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
I was asked to play a HomeGrown Heroes Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky that ended up being really fun and I was able to make a lot of new friends.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Lollapolooza in Chicago at Grant Park. It's the one festival I've always wanted to go to and being on stage would be a dream come true.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
I've been able to get my songs played on FM radio without paying anyone to play them. As for the future, I'd like to get signed to a record label and have the help of a team creating opportunities for my music.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
The first time I played guitar in Louisville, Kentucky I was asked to play at an art gallery near downtown. When I showed up I was the only musician who had an electric instrument and I felt pretty out of place. I setup on stage and launched into my first song and to my surprise the whole room started grooving along. I ripped through three songs and they asked for a fourth. When I stepped off stage I was greeted by the owner of the art gallery who as we shook hands introduced herself to me with a barrage of kisses going up my arm. She invited me back to host my own night and be a headlining act. It was an interesting first night in town.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I love music being an outlet for my emotions and the creative freedom music lends.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I would want to be a recording engineer.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Phish at Wrigley Field in Chicago was pretty special. It came on the heels of the death of David Bowie. Phish put together a wonderful tribute to him and played a great show at historic Wrigley Field.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
It would be a dream festival line up. I'd have Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Grateful Dead. I love everything about their music and it would be incredible to see them all play on the same bill.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
When I was a child my dad told me, "Ass, cash or grass, nobody rides for free." It stuck with me so much I turned it into a song.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Visiting my family, walks on the beach, hikes in the woods, listening to music and exercising are all things that make me happy. Narrow minded people, long lines, running out of Pepsi, losing my guitar picks and stubbing my toes are all things that annoy me.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I enjoy playing video games, playing with my dog, working on home improvements and watching sports.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Yes, it allows people to find music that may not be played on the radio or shown on tv.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think too much importance is placed on trying to carefully craft an image that will appeal to people.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
Even though I like them and can see the art and beauty in a tattoo, I don't have any.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would allocate enough funds to help the homeless and poor have proper opportunities for housing, food, education and healthcare.
What would your ideal day consist of?
A whole day with nothing to do but record my songs.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations. Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Covid19 has taken away opportunities to perform live and has caused me to cancel trips I had planned but the biggest disruption came in my personal life. My first child was born in April and it was incredibly difficult because my girlfriend was admitted to the hospital in March for preeclampsia and was required to stay until the birth of our child which ended up being over 20 days later. The hospital would not allow her any visitors during that time and said I would only be allowed to see her once she went into labor. On the day of my child's birth there were temperature check points and many locked doors with buzzers to get through. It felt more like a prison than a hospital.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
I love you like family and thank you for taking the time to listen to my songs. Every play means the world to me.
How would you answer the question Who is Jamie Woodfin Jr and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
I am a person who fell in love with the guitar and dreams of making songs that people will remember. As a musical artist I am more confident and comfortable with my guitar in my hands. In my day to day life I am pretty shy and reserved until I get to know you.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune was the first record I bought. I was about 14 years old when I first heard the solo section on "Don't Fear The Reaper". It set me on fire for the band and I had to hear more.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Practice your instrument, learn your style, get comfortable writing lyrics and music and read all of the details of any deals that sound too good to be true.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I'd like to collaborate with Radiohead. I am a huge fan and admire the music they make. I think our styles could mash up well.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here. It's a beautiful song and applies to so many people I have known and loved.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Reading the news.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll of course.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
I am currently recording songs for my next release and am continuing to learn all that I can about recording, mixing and mastering music.