Interview: Jess Glynne
It's fair to say the first quarter of 2014 has been dominated by the vocals of Jess Glynne. Having spent five weeks at Number 1 with two of the biggest hits of the year, 'Rather Be' and 'My Love', the soulful Atlantic-signed singer and songwriter is now readying the world for her own debut. Solo track 'Home' was unveiled recently so MTV’s The Wrap Up went to meet up with her to chat…
The Wrap Up: Congratulations on the huge success of your two Number 1's. What do you think it is about 'Rather Be' and 'My Love' that resonated with people?
Jess Glynne: I think 'Rather Be' is an amazingly written pop song with incredible production. Clean Bandit heard me on 'My Love' originally and felt I was the right vocal. I was hesitant at the beginning because I'd never sang a song I hadn't written before, but we got in the studio and it turned into what it is today. With 'My Love', it was perfect with the whole house music thing coming back. It's an uplifting song and I think that's one of the best things about it - when 'My Love' kicks in you want to put your hands in the air and I think that's why people connect with it, because it makes them feel good.
TWU: Out of the two, do you have a favourite?
Jess: I love them both for different reasons. If I was to choose one, 'My Love' is my favourite to listen to. I do love 'Rather Be' as well though for the fact it’s an amazing pop song and makes me smile.
TWU: You co-wrote on the new M.O single 'For a Minute' - have you written for anyone else as yet?
Jess: I've really been just writing for me mainly. I've worked with MNEK, Rudimental and a few people around London. I've been collaborating with an artist called Jin Jin who’s an amazing writer; we really connect.
TWU: What's the secret to writing a great song?
Jess: It's really weird - everyone has a different way of writing. I find it hard to write with writers sometimes because of their way of writing. Some are heavily focused on structure but I have more of a ‘let’s go with it’ mind set. I like to be creative and when I hear something that inspires me I'll come up with a melody, a lyric to that melody and take it from there. I try to keep it open.
TWU: What's your favourite ever lyric and what is your own favourite lyric?
Jess: I think 'If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door' is one of my favourites of mine and 'Learn to leave the table when love is no longer being served' by Nina Simone. You can relate it to love, friends, family… it's quite universal and obviously memorable [laughs].
TWU: How did the link up with Jin Jin and Bless Beats (who produced 'Home') come about?
Jess: I was on an artist development course and turned up one day which I didn't often do and Jin Jin was doing a talk. I really liked what I heard and we had a chat afterwards. She heard some of my music, said she knew this great producer which was Bless Beats and invited me to the studio. We got on like a house on fire and made 'Home' in the first session.
TWU: Who else have you been working with on the album?
Jess: I've been working with them a lot - they're the core of me and we have an amazing thing; we found the sound and built the project. I've been working a bit with Switch over in the US, Optimist in the US but I'm trying to keep it as British as I can. The majority is with Bless Beats & Jin Jin. We have so many songs, so many potential singles and album tracks… it's just a case of putting it all together.
TWU: Based off the potential songs you have for it, how would you describe the way it's shaping up in three words?
Jess: Music of Tomorrow.
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online Edit: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)