1 November 2015 - JAYDE FERGUSON - Guest Musician





JAYDE FERGUSON

- Guest Musician -

G'day folks,

I'm always seeking interesting guests on my blog. Well, here is one of them. 
Welcome, Jayde ...
 

1.   TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC JOURNEY.

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to write. I was writing music from the age of 8 and started reviewing everything and anything I could wrap my ears around not long after. To be honest, it was an addiction... it still is! When I write about music and listen to music, I’m in my element. Nothing can beat it. I grew up around music; with my grandad in a Celtic band and it didn’t take much for me to want to be as involved in the industry as I possible could. I started writing for a record label in 2003 - Rella music (formerly Popstar Records) with Andrew McGuiness being a great mentor. 2009 was helping with some shows on local radio station RTR FM and then moved on to freelancing for local music magazines The Music, Drum Media and X-Press Mag. I started my music business, Toward Music, in 2012 and whilst it’s still an on the side thing, I’m absolutely loving every minute of it.

2.   WERE YOU INTERESTED IN MUSIC AS A KID? WHAT TYPES OF MUSIC?

Hell yeah…! It was the air I breathed, I needed it. I’ve always had a pretty diverse music range, which I’m thankful for. Everyone around me my age seemed to love the latest pop tune on the radio whereas I was digging all the old school classics. I grew up to my grandad’s Celtic band that I loved; I had an obsession with Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley and the Motown era at a young age too. But on the other end of the spectrum, I absolutely love my grunge and rock. Nirvana have always been a huge band for me and I’ve spent most of my life wishing I was working in the music industry in the 70’s for legendary bands like The Doors. There’s something about music in that 70’s era that’s just irreplaceable… so honest and raw – and most of all they weren’t afraid to just be true to themselves. That’s a pretty special thing in such a judged society we live in.

3.   WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A MUSICIAN/WRITER?

I picked up guitar not long after I started writing. Since then I got really into playing bass and used to spend hours as a kid playing music, analysing reviews in music mags and pulling apart lyrics and riffs to get lost in. Then I got pretty slack with playing instruments and spent a few years singing with DJ’s and in the studio. Back in the day, playing music was all I cared about. Today, I just want to write and be involved in the music industry that way. I miss playing but there’s something about reaching out through lyrics and reviewing that is just as satisfying for me too. I really would like to get into playing more again though.



4.   WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

You meet interesting people and you are doing something that you have to do. I say ‘have to’ because I wouldn’t be whom I am without the opportunity to write and help emerging artists break into the scene. You have to be passionate about something to be great at it; it’s what differentiates something from good to great. I still have heaps to learn, but I love what I do and every day is exciting. Exhausting, but exciting.


5.   WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A MUSICIAN?

Making a living out of it. Every musician wants to be just that - a musician. We are all artists just trying to make a living out of expressing who we are, it doesn’t help that it can be such a hard industry to break into either.

6.   DO YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF, OTHERS OR BOTH?

Both. My day job I’m an online copywriter at White Chalk Road writing content and articles for a whole range of different industries. At night I’m a music journalist, manager and promoter with Toward Music. Somewhere in between I sleep!

7.   WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Staying true to what I love doing. When I hear about people working in tedious jobs they don’t enjoy but are doing it because it’s good money, it makes me appreciative that I am actually doing what I’m passionate about – in my day job and my business. There’s nothing worse than being in a job you hate. Sure you need a steady income but working to live is a much better concept than living to work.  It’s an achievement because a lot of people struggle to find that happiness.  

8.   WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

Toward Music is a sponsor of The Newport Record Club in Fremantle so I’ve been busy with that lately writing up promo pieces for the gigs and bands and reviewing the shows. Next month I’ll be chatting to Tommy lead guitarist of KISS and currently got a few exciting management projects happening which is keeping me pretty occupied.

9.   WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF MUSIC?

That’s a tough one, how long do you have!? I can’t have just one favourite, sometimes I am in the mood for grunge and only grunge. Other times old school rock is my thing and then I’ll be rockin’ out to Motown soul classics. I can appreciate and get into metal and I love RnB and Jazz. Diverse is key, but there’s a lot of music I can’t stand too…!

10.               WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Music, my sister and people I am close to. People that can see the good in something even through the shit – I’m a big believer that everyone and everything has potential; and when you can find it and bring it out of something or someone, that’s pretty special.

11.               DO YOU PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?

Currently, no. I used to play guitar and bass. I’d like to learn drum and sax one day.  I love having the occasional jam at home when you’re just chilling and get the guitars out and sing - makes me miss playing but as long as I am doing something musically, I feel like I’m getting my fix.



12.               DO YOU HAVE A COLLECTION OF MUSIC? WHAT?

Yeah, love my vinyl. My collection consists of old classics like the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, then there's a little Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana (a lot of Nirvana, actually), The Shins, Incubus, The Cure, Dr Dre, Snoop, Bob Marley, Vance Joy, Banks, Michael Jackson, Chet Faker, Pulp Fiction and heaps of other great stuff.

13.               DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR EMERGING MUSICIANS?

Be humble.  Arrogance is ugly and it doesn't matter how good you are, you suck. Other than that, I'd just encourage people to work hard and be themselves. You have to go through a lot of shit to get to where you want and if you aren't prepared for that or won't push yourself hard enough for your own dreams, then you can’t expect someone else to get you there for you.

14.               DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED SCHEDULE?

I don't know about preferred, I work doing my day job, come home, work my night time job and try to have breaks, sleep and a social life in between.

15.               DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PLACE OR TIME TO WORK?

In terms of writing music, I love writing at the beach or Kings Park. Used to do that a lot because you can just ‘be’ with a clear head. I write better that way.

16.               WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN YOUR WORK?

Meeting people that inspire you to do awesome things. Certain people can change your perspective for the better, whether you're learning from them or being inspired by then – it’s great. Not having to line in concert queues is pretty awesome, too!

17.               WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That my writing style is so different to anything else. It comes with advantages and disadvantages; I connect with music on such an emotional level it can sometimes be hard for my writing to be structured to certain ‘rules’. But in a lot of ways (so I’ve been told) it’s the reason why people feel they can connect with my work on a different level regardless of whether they’re into the music I’m reviewing or not, or a musician themselves.

18.               WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Constructive criticism is good so wouldn't say the worst - but when I first submitted work to a publication they said my writing was too emotional to stick with their standards and ‘rules’. They said I was good, but I "had to take a lot of the emotion out". I took something from that and became more cautious when I wrote, but I didn't change my writing style. I'm not a "technical" writer when it comes to reviewing music – it’s the emotions that music creates for me and the audience that allow me to really interact with a bands' work, so why would I want to take that out?



19.               WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU AS A CREATIVE MUSICIAN AND WRITER?

Experiences. Good or bad - they shape everything I write and play and there’s definitely childhood and lifetime experiences that influence the songs I write and the way I connect to music when reviewing.  

If I am having a bad day I play music that reflects that and it makes me feel better. When I’m having fun, I play tunes I can rock out too, dance drink and create awesome memories too. When I write music and lyrics, I write better when I’m down because it’s a kind of therapy and turns how I’m feeling into something positive. When I write articles and review, I need to be in a clear and happy headspace otherwise I am useless!

20.               HOW MANY SEPARATE PIECES OF MUSIC HAVE YOU WRITTEN?

I've written over 100 songs – lyrically. The ones with actual music are only about 10. I have a bad tendency of writing the lyrics and hearing the sound in my head, but I can't always find the exact sound I want to play.

21.               OTHER THAN MUSIC AND WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?

I have two pretty awesome cats, but I don't want to sound like a crazy cat lady...! I love roller coasters (such an adrenaline junkie!), the beach, thunderstorms, spontaneous road trips and traveling.

22.               DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.

Any day is good if it involves music, weed and great people. And maybe a few other things too. Oh and live music. Live music rocks. 



23.               WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I'd love to write for Rolling Stone mag one day. I'd also like to take my business overseas. 

24.               IF YOU CREATED MUSIC FOR THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Sex, drugs and rock and roll :-) just to be a little controversial…!


 




Clancy's comment: Go, Jayde!  Folks, I'd suggest that you check out Jayde's website. It's great. Watch this space. I reckon we will hear more about this beautiful musician.

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