jinderLately, I have strived to rediscover for myself, after my childhood years here, all the wonderful beings and goings on that make Bridport such a unique place to live in. Through doing so, I have had the opportunity to meet some truly talented people, and I thought that, alongside writing reviews and short pieces for you lovely readers, I could take the opportunity to shine a light on said people, who through their combined efforts are putting Bridport on the map of talent; perhaps get their take on this quaint town and their current projects, and hopefully bring them a whole new host of fans! First up on my list, the charming, talented and incredibly modest Jinder, who welcomed me into his home and let me interrogate him for a couple of hours!

D. Describe you and your music in three words just for those who have yet to experience your brilliance.

J: Can I have three words for each? For me, impulsive, creative and frustrated. For music... its really hard to describe your own music without sounding pretentious isn't it?

D: Only if you use words like 'awesome' or 'amazing'.

J: (Laughs) Ok, three words to describe my music: Quiet, heavy and thoughtful...

D: Quiet and heavy...interesting! Is there anyone you feel your music is heavily influenced by?

J: I've always tried to steer away from the concept of having idols or anything like that, but there are a lot of people I admire. I spent a lot of time working with an artist called Jackie Leven, who passed away last November, unfortunately. But I learnt a lot from him, he was a great performer, a real storyteller; I learnt an awful lot about stage performance from Jackie.

D: As this for Bridport Radio, I should probably ask you some questions on Bridport... what do you feel it is that makes this town special and seem to breed fresh talent?

J: I think like how St Ives attracts artists because of the light, I think Bridport attracts creative people perhaps for the atmosphere, the vibe; there's a relaxed ambience about the town. If creative people begin to congregate somewhere, it develops a creative atmosphere. There's a slower pace to it, and I think that gives people more time to be creative, more time to think. I know so many great people who are working in Bridport. It just seems that people congregate here - I can't put my finger on why...

D: It just has 'something'...

J: Yeah, all that waffle and all I'm trying to say is that there is a 'thing' about Bridport...

D: It definitely has a ‘thing’! Do you feel your music is inspired by Bridport at all?

J: Yeah definitely, there's a song on my new record - 'Westcountry Love Song'. I came up with the verse lyrics when I was driving on the A35 last Autumn, and I just jotted down what I saw. I think the lyrics are something like 'you can almost touch heaven when you come over the hill, down in the valley the sea looks so still' - it was literally just what I saw. The ambience of West Dorset, and the atmosphere of Bridport; I think there's a lot of that in my new record. Previous to moving here, I made a record every year from 2002-2009. Once I moved here, I had a kid, I thought 'I'm just going to slow down and let the record come to me'. I spent three years making this record, and I've just let the creative atmosphere of the area just inform the record.

D: Do you feel taking that time has made it a better album, a more natural record?

J: I think, to draw another local analogy, if you think of songs like shells... say you're walking along a beach; whereas before I would annex off an area and spend my whole time digging in the sand looking for shells, this new record I spent three years walking along the beach, waiting for shells to catch my eye. Its a terrible analogy, really cheesy... but I wanted to take a different approach, and make a record that I like and that hopefully other people will like.

D: A lot of people say that there are not as many gigs in Bridport now, where do you stand on that?

J: I've been playing in Bridport for the best part of ten years and I've seen it tail off a little bit. I mean, I used to play about four venues in Bridport and now really the only places I really play in Bridport are No.10 and The Lord Nelson. So, I guess from my point of view as a performing musician I have seen it drop off a little bit.

D: If you had to pick, where would you say is one of your favourite places in Bridport? You can't pick your house because that would be far to easy...

J: That is a difficult one... I like Allington Hill. I like going up there with my little girl and just walking about with her.

D: I suppose its lovely to have your little girl to share that with though...

J: It's amazing to see how she perceives the world. Seeing her taking everything in, its really inspiring how she soaks up everything like a little sponge.

D: What advice would you give to anyone looking to pursue a career in music, who feel living a small town may be a disadvantage to them?

J: I would say to them to not look for the destination, but to try and enjoy the journey. A lot of people will drive themselves completely batty trying to 'make it', but there is no such thing as 'making it'. You need to set your own parameters of success. I've been making a living out of making music for ten years now. I always thought I wanted to 'make it', in my head that was having a hit record, doing this, doing that. I was talking to a friend of mine about how frustrated I was at not 'making it', after my deal with Sony ended, and he turned to me and said to me 'what do you mean? you 'made it' ages ago. How long have you been making a living out of playing guitar and singing? You've made it.' That's the key thing, be yourself, do things on your own terms, don't be hung up on being the 'next big thing'. My favourite quote is by Joe Strummer, who when asked a similar question said 'don't give up, even when you really want to'. I think that is such good advice too. Keep your head screwed on, work hard, you will end up getting somewhere, even if it wasn't where you initially expected to.

D: Is there anything you feel could be added or is needed to improve the town? Particularly in terms of music...

J: I think Bridport needs a nightclub. I think what is harming the Bridport music scene, is that now, especially since the Royal Oak closed down, the crowd who are out on a night out, once Wetherspoons kicks out; don’t really have anywhere to go when it’s late so they all head into No.10. I mean, I love No.10 to bits, its an incredible music venue, great atmosphere, wonderful bar; but I think in some ways what the town would benefit from is a nightclub. I feel it would also encourage people in, if people come to visit friends, they can have a drink and have a club to go on to.

D: Finally, is there anything you'd like to say about your new record...sell it to me!

J: I think it’s a step forward from the records I've done before, I've taken a bit more time over it - I think the songwriting is much more considered, more observational. It's a little bit more mature, its more of a 'relationship' record, in terms of love and interpersonal relationships - something I've never really done much of before. Obviously since I started writing the record I've gotten married, I've had a child, and I think its a record that people will be able to relate to more. Before I was very influenced by writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Murakami, but on this new one I feel I've spoken honestly about my human experience, or a slightly more entertaining version of it. I hope people will get it, and I think they will. I trust my audience to follow me where I go, God knows there isn't many of them - to be honest, if they won't follow me where I want to go, I can just put them in my car!

By Dannie Carter


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