Recently a few of our colleges had the excitement of hosting a Masterclass with Jack Garratt. We popped along to the most recent of his visits, BIMM Brighton, before his show at The Dome.
Despite his young years Jack has a lot of inspiring and powerful things to say:
“It’s what the song calls for, I’m a servant to the music I make and I’m a vessel to the idea” – Jack Garratt
His passion shone through with every word. You could tell how strongly he believes in the music he creates and how much he wants to share his ideas with the world. Elliot May, BIMM Tutor, hosted the event. She opened up the interview by asking why Jack feels it’s so important to challenge the status quo (not the band). Garratt fired back a brilliant response:
“Now more than ever new music is understanding balance… new music has proven it can be interesting and challenging but not alienating” – Jack Garratt
The feeling I imagine the audience got from Jack was his ‘what are you waiting for’ attitude. He has such drive and it really comes across in his delivery. Despite not attending University, Jack spoke in depth about his belief and trust in learning where music has come from in order to understand where it’s going and where it is:
“I believe in the importance of having a basic understanding of what music is and the history of it. That’s the thing that then gives you the appreciation that you instinctively have, it gives you the opportunity to expand that appreciation so that you can listen to pop music or any kind of music and dissect it and analyse it with the tools that you have been enabled because of your music teaching in the past” – Jack Garratt
Overall Garratt was very inspiring and a brilliant guest for our budding students – he really set off a spark in the room. New music is ever changing and it’s a very exciting prospect for a lot of young musicians, managers, producers etc. I believe this is something that we should push as high as we can so as to really give the younger guys a platform to show off from.
You could hear the passion that Garratt had for new music. He spoke about his inspirations, that anything can inspire him from ‘good music’ to ‘things that make me feel’. Stevie Wonder seems to be a huge source of inspiration for him, the legend’s name featured many times throughout the interview.
“I’ve always said if Stevie Wonder had had a laptop, he would be making the kind of music kids are making nowadays” – Jack Garratt
Not that us mere mortals could reach the dizzy heights of Mr Wonder! However Garratt reiterated that the premise is still correct – all the instruments Wonder played are now available to us on one handy laptop. This is something Garratt most certainly takes advantage of in his one-man band style show. Playing everything himself (including a few pre-recorded parts) he commands the stage and admits he likes to have fun and give the audience a show they’ll remember. He’s only one man and struggles to complete a set list longer than 75 minutes, so those minutes have to be the best he can possibly do.