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Glasto Interviews: Jamie Cullum

05 July 2004

The cheeky jazz monkey is no stranger to Worthy Farm, so it wasnít entirely surprising to bump into the erstwhile crooner in a backstage bar, just hours before his headline slot on the Jazz World stage.

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Virtual Festivals: You've been to Glastonbury loads of times before as a punter. Whatís your best memory?
Jamie Cullum: I canít tell you, I might get arrested! It was that good.

VF: Whatís your opinion of the line-up this year?
JC: The line up this yearís pretty good. Itís not like my top line-up of all time but itís still pretty damn good. Iím just glad I get to see Paul McCartney. Thatís amazing. Itís really exciting. You know, Iíve seen Oasis a lot but I wasnít here last night and theyíre great. Iím sad I missed Elbow but I get to see them at V.

VF: And youíre here for the rest of the weekend?
Iíve set my tent up. Iím staying.

VF: You mentioned that itís not your ultimate festival line-upÖ
No. Itís not bad in any way. Itís just that thereís a few other bands Iíd have liked to have seen. Iíd have loved to have seen Franz Ferdinand yesterday. Chemical Brothers were on last night Ė I love them but Iím gonna see Basement Jaxx tonight.

VF: If youíre a big fan of those kind of artists, how come youíre into performing jazz?
Iím a music fan. I donít make distinctions. I love rock music, Iíve played in rock bands. I love pop music, Iíve played in pop bands. I love hip-hop, Iíve played in hip-hop bands. I also love jazz. Obviously, I seem to have found my niche here and itís somewhere I can be vaguely original and vaguely interesting. Who knows what might happen in the future?

VF: Whatís with all the easy listening charts at the moment, though?
Itís a few things. First of all, itís very much easier to get hold of music these days so itís easier for any kind of music to take off. Also, younger people arenít really buying so much music so itís a slightly older demographic buying so theyíre gravitating to slightly older sounds. Whatís happened in that term is thatís kinda got popular and the young people are hearing it. At my gigs half of the people are under 20 so the older people have led the way. Thatís kinda cool.

VF: And younger people arenít buying as much music Ďcos theyíre downloading it. In the past youíve endorsed illegal downloading Ė bet your record company wasnít happy with those comments.
Well, I only endorsed it because the people who download music are music fans and music fans are good for the music industry. If record companies would get off their arse and lower the price of CDs and make CD cases more interesting and release albums with 12 good songs on rather than 2 singles and a load of fillers then weíd be alright.

VF: Are you working on a new album at the moment?
Iím always working on a new album. Weíre in the middle of touring. I wonít be recording until early next year. Iím going to play a couple of new songs tonight.

VF: Have you got any more covers planned?
Not sure about that yet. Iím concentrating on the originals for now.

VF: Is there anybody that youíve wanted to cover, but havenít been able to for some reason?
I tried to do an AC/DC song once called ĎGone Shootingí but it didnít work outÖ

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