Jimi Sebastian from St. Jimi Sebastian Cricket Club - 10 Questions Music Interview
St. Jimi Sebastian Cricket Club is a music project based in Stockholm Sweden led by Jimi Sebastian (British roots via his father). The press has described their music as a mix of The Clash and Pink Floyd or working class indie:
“They have highlighted the ability to capture the saddest moments, and then in the catchy choruses turn up the volume so you don’t know whether to "look out into the night and cry or get up and dance."
The band released their first EP “900” in 2010 followed by “Lift the Darkness” in 2012. In 2015, they released the full length album “Epilogue.” The new EP “The Vibe Recordings” (November 2019) was recorded and mixed at Vibe Studios Manchester (the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Badly Drawn Boy). St. Jimi Sebastian Cricket Club are known for their dynamic live performances in Sweden and the UK.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. Yes probably, but really hard to pinpoint. I grew up in a home where bands like the Beatles, Stones and Pink Floyd were dominant and a lot of that stuck in my head. When I formed a band later, it was punk rock that really caught my fascination to write my/our own material. The kick out of creating your own music and choose where to go was stunning.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? hmm, I always find these things hard to recall, but I once with my previous band Gasman tried to steal a big truck in the middle of a show at a festival. It refused to start, which was most likely when you evaluate the “project” a few years later, to the best for all of us. We played in Liverpool two years ago and apart from the sound engineer and the other band, there was only one person in the audience. But, as always, he could be a very important record label executive or from one of the major evening papers….Turned out he was waiting for his cymbals.
What has been the high point of your music path? Once again really hart to pick one, Live Aid 1985? No, but I always get a nice feeling when someone comes up to me and gives our music credit. Our YouTube and Spotify numbers aren’t galactic, but every now and then you see a rise which is also nice. However playing live is the drug so it is probably one of the gigs I would put as a high point.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I normally start with a few chords and an intuition. From there the words starts to find their place in the song. I sometimes rewrite the lyrics 3-4 times before I’m happy and then I do another small little change. The writing often has a social realist narrative.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? The hardest thing is to be seen and heard at all. You can upload a song somewhere and after your friends and grandmothers have listened to the song 3-4 times each, it completely stops and the numbers are stuck at 114 downloads. We have passed that stage, but it is still very hard and I would guess 99.8% of the artists today would agree. I do not have a clue what should be changed to make it easier for smaller independent bands.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? There’s a load of them. How about a happy Bob Dylan or doing Spanish Bombs with The Clash around 1980? But I go for Arcade Fire. Seems a little more likely. Why them? I don't know, they are sometimes very good.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I sort out the set and email the band. We meet up, after some troubles finding the time, and play the songs and say things like “slightly faster” “play a little better” and then “that’s perfect.” After that I try to work out a little mind theme for the gig, what I’m going to talk about in between the songs. Then when the gig comes up, we let them know how great we are.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! It could be the one and only song we do in Swedish, Håll Mina Vingar en Stund. I twisted and turned the chords and wrote it a number of times before I was okay with it.
What's coming up in the future? We have a release gig in Stockholm Sweden at the end of the month and are working on a few more dates, hopefully Germany in March. Also four new songs under construction and waiting to be recorded in Feb. - May.
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