Jasmine Thompson Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I took the decision to really focus on music when I was around 14/15, I started doing homeschooling so that I could go and tour. I’ve always loved music, and I wanted to do it full time as soon as possible.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I remember always admiring artists like Florence And The Machine and Paolo Nutini. Their music really moved me, and inspired me to hopefully be able to give that feeling of comfort to other people.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m obsessed with ramen, I have 3 cats and I have a new song out called Funny ;)
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I’d say my song ‘More’ probably reflects me the most. I think the swing from dark to positive is accurate. I think it shows some of my personality...
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
It’s hard to say, I love the small intimate gigs. But there have been some beautiful festivals like this one in Indonesia called Lalala fest, that was insane. It was in a forest and all the trees had fairy lights and it felt like we were a scene in Peter Pan.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I hope one day I could do a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s just iconic and it would mean a lot to me
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Just making music that I’m proud of. I hope to travel more and make more music
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’d either be in Uni, probably studying history or art... or maybe just go travelling
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I saw Florence And The Machine about 2 years ago, and honestly I’m such a fan girl. As soon as the band walked on stage, I burst out crying haha. She’s always been my favourite and finally seeing her performing live was so beautiful I can’t describe it
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
To remember to actually enjoy things
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I love walking around by the river listening to music. Or just going to see my mates and hang out
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
It’s a very powerful tool that allows artists to share their work, but you have to use it wisely
What would your ideal day consist of?
If it was a day off: Morning walk with a coffee, play around on the piano and then just chill at home with a friend. I love just sitting on my sofa with a mate and just chatting till 6am
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?
I’m very grateful that I haven’t been affected as much as others during this crazy period. I’ve been working from my home studio, so that’s been a lifesaver to have, but of course it’s very sad to not be doing the normal things. Music is so sociable, so the sudden loneliness was sometimes a bit daunting during the first few months. I missed seeing my friends and family so much, but we all did a good job at checking up on each other. My main focus was making sure we were all staying healthy and being there as much as possible if things got too overwhelming.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I think it was an album by a band called Noah And The Whale... they are incredible. They really told a story throughout the whole album and it was so wonderful to listen to.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Just to remember that you are hopefully doing it because you love music. Not to get distracted by the politics or flashy lights.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I’m not sure to be honest, I’d love to do a duet with a male singer one day, just not sure who just yet.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
I’m Going to be putting out new music soon, but for now, I’m going to live in the world of Funny. It was such a pleasure working with Zedd, so I’d love to be able to be able to start performing it live once it’s safe to do so.