Jamie Stanley (a.k.a Mailman) kindly agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Mailman is an incredibly talented songwriter and producer based in Sussex, UK. Read the interview to learn about what he’s currently working on and what his career highs have been so far. Oh yes and check out his music. Its seriously good!
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A seasoned artist, performer, producer and musical all rounder.
Q: What is your musical background?
I have always lived and breathed music. I started writing little ditties and ‘entertaining’ my family with them at age five. I then got given a keyboard for Christmas when I was seven and took to it straight away. I had a few piano lessons at age 11 and taught myself guitar when I was 18. I then got into production as I realised I could never be satisfied until I knew how to bring all the ideas in my head into the real world. I’ve been writing, recording and producing songs for myself and others in various guises ever since.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Busy. I did lots of writing, recording and gigging acoustically in and around London and the South of the country. In May I independently released a charity single in aid of Amnesty International to coincide with the UK general election under the pseudonym Planet Hubris & The Apathy Myth (PHAnTAM). The ‘A’ side was an old protest song of mine called ‘Manifesto’, the ‘AA’ side was called ‘Tell Me Lies’, an adaptation of the late Adrian Mitchell’s famous anti-war poem To Whom It May Concern.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Erm – who doesn’t? Even bad music is interesting to me – if only to demonstrate how not to go about things! I listen to anything genuine, heartfelt and melodic – which rules out most modern pop music, unfortunately. Old school loves: Jeff Buckley, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Crowded House, Pink Floyd, Led Zepellin, David Bowie, The Kinks, Nik Kershaw… etc….
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Thea Gilmore, John Mayer, Oceansize, Death Cab For Cutie, Elbow, KT Tunstall… erm… Buble? (joke)
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Yes, loads of people. Dave Grohl. Thea Gilmore. KT Tunstall.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It varies. Occasionally I have a concept or idea first and actively set about trying to express it musically. Usually though I just come up with new ideas when I’m messing around on guitar or piano which later become songs – if I remember them! Other times I just hear melodies and chord progressions in my head and have to work out what they are – and if they’re even mine! The music always comes first with me, lyrics come later.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Neither – they are equally important to me.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I’m originally from Whitstable in Kent. I grew up within earshot and walking distance of the sea so I’m quite an earthy person I think. I can’t be doing with being in a city for too long.
Q: What are you currently working on?
The debut Mailman album.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Dreaming up and then bringing to life a music video for my old band Origins of Oceania’s song ‘All This For Nothing’. And playing at The Clapham Grand with the same band.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
A completed album and a new band to gig it with. Some more paid production work would be nice too!
Q: What do you do to relax?
Erm – play music?
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
If you like my music you can hook up with me via the links below.
Editor’s Comments: I’m awaiting for Mailman’s upcoming album with immense excitement. When you listen to his songs its clear that he is an incredibly talented songwriter & producer. I hope that more people can listen and enjoy Mailman’s music. Definitely one to watch in 2011.
If you want to learn more about Mailman, or get in touch, just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/MAILMAN_STAN
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/zeitgeistproduction
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/mailman