Jess Glynne Exclusive
It’s been an extraordinary few years for Jess Glynne. She recently became the first British female artist to secure seven number one singles, yet she’s only released one album... until now, that is. Her much-awaited second offering, Always In Between, dropped on October 12th, and is an evolution in terms of songwriting, production, and musicianship.
The core of it was put together on location: a week locked away in a house with close friends, producers, and writers; and the results speak for themselves. We chat to the uber-successful Londoner at Abbey Road Studios about her musical journey so far, and how working for a music management company paved the way to penning hit songs.
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Yerosha sits down with Jess at Abbey Road Studios to chat about the making of the new record, and the inspiration behind it.
It’s weird... With this album, a few times I questioned what I had written. Music for me is like a therapy; it’s my way of a release. And the majority I have written are with my best friend, Jin Jin. She brings out a lot of me, and makes me feel I can be or say anything. It’s amazing to have that partnership. So this is more conceptual than the first record; more honest, and more vulnerable. It’s a bit scary, and I am a bit nervous, but I have done it now, and I can’t go back!
I guess you dream, don’t you? When I left school, all I could think about was music, so I wanted to give it a go. I never liked studying, so there was no point going to uni or college, as I didn’t have the attention span. I knew what I was like! [laughs] So I went travelling, and when I got back, I got a job in a music management company.
I worked there for about 12 months alongside an artist very closely, and got to understood a lot about how it all worked. It was a big eye opener, and weirdly, it taught me how not to do it as an artist. This artist [I was working with] was young and sporadic in life, and didn’t take opportunities that were there; he was more focused on the fame and the girls. It was quite painful to see. We eventually parted ways, and the company knew I wanted to do my thing; so then I focused on music.
From the outsider’s perspective, there is so much that goes on in music that you never see. There are so many songs you write that never see the light of day; so much graft not just on making a song, but so much around it. Even after writing the album, it might take another eight months to finish it, if not more.
Hate Love is a very vulnerable song, but very important for the album, and something I am
very proud of. 1,2,3 is a favourite on the album; the way it was created, and the feel of the
song makes me feel good, so that sums up the album for me. And Thursday I am very proud of; lyrically, I think it’s important for people to hear. It sums up the journey of self-acceptance.