WIN! Signed Jack Savoretti Albums!

Jack Savoretti is a troubadour whose turn for the spotlight has finally arrived. Having steadily built a fanbase since his 2007 debut “Between The Minds”, Savoretti has been praised  with comparisons to both Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, yet never really crossed over into the mainstream. With latest album “Before The Storm”, building on his honest singer/songwriter back catalogue, Savoretti has struck gold in a radio friendly manner that does not sell out on his early appeal. To celebrate the recognition that The Kaje favourite is finally receiving, we have a couple of signed copies of “Before The Storm” for you to get hands on. To win, simply tell us the name of Savoretti’s second album… Email answers to jeremy@the-kaje.com by July 15th. 

The Kaje talks “Behold A Pale Horse” to Aaron Wright

With his debut EP, the oddly titled “Behold A Pale Horse” ready for release, Scottish singer/songwriter Aaron Wright appears to be on a mission to bring music back to being just that and nothing more. Having been inspired by Simon & Garfunkel as a teenager, he learnt that there is more to music than marketing and attitude. Now working with some of Scotland’s finest, The Kaje took a moment to find out more…

Your obsession with classic pop apparently started after running away from home to see Simon & Garfunkel in concert…what was so magic about the show?

Well that’s not really what started my interest in music…I had just turned fifteen when I went to London to see them and the songs were just perfect. Their voices could’ve come out of the same throat they were so closely harmonised! At times you wondered who was singing what, because they were so tightly in harmony. What also struck me at the time was the complete disinterest in image. They were completely comfortable with who they were and what they were doing. All about the song: no ego, or apparently so.

Who else would you say has captivated your interest as an artist?

I like an artist to be unaware of their peers and do exactly what’s in their gut…I’d put Damon Albarn in that category, even though I’m not a mad fan. The artists who capture my imagination though aren’t usually singers…but when I look back to what first caught my attention it was the ones everyone loves…Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. The ones that made you want to work them out, or try to. The mystery folk!

If you could work with any one of your musical idols, who would it be and why?

If I could work with anyone right now it would be someone who was willing to try something new – someone who does something a long way away from what I do. So again maybe Damon Albarn or someone like that. I love what John Prine does – really simple country songs – so to work with something like that would be fun. Or maybe something involving heavy guitars as we don’t use many guitars, so maybe Crazy Horse or The Libertines. Said so casually! It’d be an honour to work with any of them.

What is the best live performance you have ever seen?

There’s been so many great shows I’ve been to, but the one that pops into my head was a band called The Stands. I think they were Liverpudlian and not sure if they are still around, but the atmosphere was just electric and they didn’t seem to have to work for it. Great gig!

Your friends have stated you are lost in music – would you agree with the statement and what do you think they mean?

I’m not sure what that would really mean…I think what they may mean is I’ve always dropped everything else to do music. Never really cared if I had money or a flat – I just did what made me feel good. Perhaps they mean that?

Now you are launching yourself as an artist, how would you describe your sound?

I find that hard to answer as we always play for the song, so that could lead anywhere when it comes to the sound. But the sound I like is quite Byrdsy and jangly…so I’d like to think quite folky like them, but maybe not. Some may think we are a rock band…I don’t really know. I’d like to think it’s quite classic-sounding without being able to really pin it to any other band.

What were your aims with “Behold A Pale Horse”?

My aim with “Behold A Pale Horse” was to create a quality product with great artwork and interesting songs. Something you would want to keep and look after. I also didn’t want it to be too similar to the album that we plan to release later – just to keep things interesting for both us and people who want the record.

Talking about “Behold A Pale Horse”, can you possibly tell us why you chose the title?

The title is something I must have read in the past that suddenly popped into my head. It seemed perfect when it came to me and seemed to some up what the EP was. It just felt right.

And a little about the EP itself?

The EP itself consists of four songs I wrote.. They all have a different feel: from country, to big ballads with loads of string arrangements, to just me and the guitar. So a wee bit of everything I do, I suppose. I tried not to have many album tracks on it to keep it very separate from the album but obviously had to stick a song or two on to give an idea of what is to come!

Do you have a favourite track from the record?

I like “Takes One To Know One” because I like the bass intro and string quartet, but I like them all for different reasons. “Go On Yer Self” is the most recent track that I’ve written for the EP, so maybe that one.

Your band – The Aprils – comprises of members of Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Teenage Fanclub, how did you all get together?

I worked in the studio with Stevie from Belle & Sebastion and Traceyanne from Camera Obscura, but they don’t play at the live shows. They were both great and we had a good time recording. Perhaps if they aren’t too busy we may do a live show. I’m a fan of both those bands and really love their live shows too. As to how we got working together…they basically heard what I was doing and wanted to be part of it, which was weird as they were on my CD player a lot when I was at high school…a huge compliment for me.

The Glasgow (and Scottish in general) music scene is currently brimming with talent – what do you think is the secret?

I think the music scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow is the best I have personally come across. It may be that they are smaller cities and it just appears there’s a lot more going on? I know most of the songwriters from around here and there doesn’t seem to be much rivalry and people help each other out, perhaps that’s something to do with it as well. Or maybe its the accent..who knows. I know I just prefer the Scottish sound just now. That may be biased!

What has been the ultimate highlight to date of your live performances?

The festivals we did this summer were great, and I feel we got better and more comfortable as we got used to playing bigger stages. My personal highlight was Benicassim in Spain. That I think was our best gig so far.

What can we expect next?

You can expect good quality albums and singles from us, and great live shows.

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