By Myrren Porter
With his new single “In-Away (From the Life)” premiering on Friday, The Music Files caught up with ex Vida frontman Jamie Pollock to discuss going solo, new material and life during lockdown.
After parting ways with Vida in 2019, the Alloa singer/songwriter decided to ride it alone and has continued to provide listeners with 90s inspired indie crackers such as “These Times” which has proved to be a hit with fans old and new.
“In-Away (From the Life)” is set to be Pollocks second release with Modernsky and Run on Records who he signed with in August last year. The singer/songwriter uses various inspirations for creating new sounds to add to his impressive closet of indie tracks but pays great homage to the melodical and lyrics works of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve.
When discussing innovation and the creative process of putting a song together, Jamie Pollock said: “Richard Ashcroft and The Verve are probably my biggest influence for both sound and lyrics. My creative process always starts with either a melody I’ve been whistling to myself for a few days, or I’ll come across a word or phrase that I like, and I’ll end up writing a song around it – most of the time I just make things up as I go along.”
After announcing his solo return Pollock was swiftly added as support to Kyle Falconer and Sergeant. These dates were added before any solo material had been released, therefore showing Jamie’s reputation as an artist as extremely positive.
However, as our friend COVID-19 swept across the country, understandably a string of Jamie’s solo performances had to be postponed.
When discussing the effects of Coronavirus as an artist, Pollock said: “The Virus resulted in my headliner at King Tuts back in March to be postponed, that was an extremely low point. However, this has given me lots of time and given me a good period to focus on writing – which resulted in my deal with Modern Sky and Run On Records as a result of a tune written during lockdown, so I can’t really complain.”
He continued: “There’s no getting away from how boring lockdown has been, but for me I suppose for me it has been refreshing to have a wee bit of down time to focus on song writing and to take a breather from touring. Other than that, I’ve been watching a lot of football, going out for walks and playing golf to keep fit.”
With his new single premiering at the end of this week, as well as an EP making its debut in the summertime, there are plenty of positives for Jamie to look forward too and as things slowly but surely return to normal, we will see the singer/songwriter performing again soon.