1883 Magazine

Having recently turned 18 and already signed to a major label, Jake Bugg looks set for an extensive career. Drawing influence from the old folk greats he manages to add a contemporary spin to his music. Though not giving much away in our interview, he sings of heartbreak and his ambitions to escape.


Jake first heard of Don Mclean on an episode of the Simpsons and fell in love. If that isn’t the most endearing beginning to a folk singer you’ve heard then we don’t know what is.

You recently got signed to Mercury records. Congratulations. How did it feel to get signed by such a massive record company?

It feels great yeah; it should be an achievement for any artist.

At what age did you start to believe this was something you could pursue as a career? 

I’m not sure to be honest, I just enjoy playing music and to come this far is just great.

You’re working on an album at the moment, where do you look to for inspiration?

I think looking for inspiration can make writing a song harder; I think it’s better when inspiration finds you.

How do you find working with other people on your music which, I imagine until recently has been a singular process?

It’s hard work but you learn a lot and it really develops your own song writing.

How do you unwind after a day at the studio? 

Sit in front of the fire and chill...

Your recent show at The Old Queen’s Head sold out. Do you enjoy performing live?

Yeah definitely, because you’re singing to the people and can see the reaction on their faces, so you start beginning to know which songs work and which ones don’t.

What are you looking to achieve with your music and how long can you see yourself doing this?

I hope to still be making records until I’m old and grey!

What have you got on the cards for the rest of the year?

Well there’s an E.P being released at the end of May, a few festivals and hopefully an album at the end of the year.

If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

Some sort of apprenticeship I’d imagine, it’s hard to say.


Words by Dean Lawson

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