Jack Savoretti Interview
Graham Clark, Features Writer
His last album, Singing To Strangers went to Number 1 earlier this year and he has recently sold out Wembley Arena. With an autumn tour just announced, Jack Savoretti is one of the biggest names in music at the moment.
As well as playing festival dates in the UK this summer he is also playing concerts across Europe too where his UK success has been replicated. I spoke to Jack about the tour and the special Leeds concert he performed earlier this year.
You have a new single out at the moment which features Mika, how did that happen?
That's right, the track is Youth and Love. I met Mika on a TV show in Italy and we got on really well, he always seems very enthusiastic and has this real sense for all things European, he speaks at least six languages too, we have a lot of things in common.
How was the special Leeds show earlier this year you did to launch the album?
It was a wonderful night, I didn't expect so many people to turn up for an album launch. We did it in Church, it's a great venue, as you can guess it used to be a church, now the venues are getting bigger all the time but the Leeds album launch was special because it was just me and the violin player which let the songs shine, I have good memories of that night in Leeds.
You are going out on tour in the U.K. too this autumn?
That's right, my job is to go out there and play live and give people a good time. We have an incredible artist too who is going to be the support act too but I'm not allowed to say who it is at the moment but we are very lucky to have them.
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It's taking off everywhere at the moment: Germany, Italy, in fact I'm playing a gig in Italy at the end of this week. Italy really is like a home from home, my roots go right back to Genoa, the city is one of the best kept secrets in Italy. In fact all of Liguria is under rated, in Genoa you have the architecture, the hills, the funiculars etc it is definitely worth a visit. I suppose Italians have a feeling for anything melodic which goes right back to classical music and the opera, my music tends to be melodic so you can see where my inspiration comes from.
How did the album title, Singing To Strangers come about?
It's a true story - my daughter was asked what does your dad do for a living? To which she said "he goes around the world singing to strangers" which is a brilliant and accurate way to describe what I do.
The production on the album has an early 1970's feel, was that intentional?
I wanted to make it romantic sounding, I was listening to a lot of old French and Italian records from the 1960's and wanted to create that romantic feeling that they had with them.
You have some festival gigs coming up in the UK too?
We are doing Tynemouth up in the north, I like doing the festivals as the audience are not always there to see you. Then of course we have the UK tour coming up this autumn. I'm looking forward to it very much.
Jack Savoretti plays Hull Arena on 22nd November 2019
Jack Savoretti Interview, 10th July 2019, 23:00 PM