Best Quotes from Jack Garratt

Festivals are the best because you can’t control anything, and for a control freak like me, that’s a wonderful experience.

Jack Garratt

With every milestone that I’ve come across, there’s always been a little note at the bottom that’s said, ‘Don’t worry, there’s another milestone coming up.’

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For me, creating music is just as relaxing as sitting down and doing nothing.

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I get inspired by the sounds that evoke an emotion from me. That’s what I am drawn to; that’s what turns me on.

Jack Garratt

With the BBC Sound list, it’s just humbling even being put aside those other musicians – people like Alicia Kava, who I am a huge fan of.

Jack Garratt

I don’t think there’s any such thing as perfection. But I’m a perfectionist. I don’t believe in the idea of perfection, but I will strive to achieve it.

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Performing outside is always kind of strange. Usually, you can’t hear something, whether it’s your voice or instrument, but it’s a fun challenge.

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The most important thing for me is to have as much control over what’s going on in front of me as I possibly can, so because of that, I don’t play to a click track, and I don’t have anything on the grid. Everything is triggered by me. Everything is played by me. Everything is within my control.

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The best music is the music which brings out something of you that you didn’t know was there before, or you did know was there but had avoided.

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I spent my entire childhood going ‘look at me, look at me, look at me,’ before realising I needed someone to look at me for more than just what I was showing off for.

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I got to a point when I was 20 that I dropped out of university because I felt I didn’t have any purpose, and I wanted to find a fire in me.

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The thing that was most constant when I was growing up was just complete support and adoration from my parents.

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I would sing around the house, and I would always play on things just because instruments were always there, but I didn’t show any genius as a child. I wasn’t a prodigy or anything like that.

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My mum would play Stevie Wonder around the house, and I remember just loving the songs and feeling so blown away by how much was going on.

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I genre-hop quite a lot. I love manipulating genre and deconstructing it and making it irrelevant. Genreless music is great because it means you get to write in any genre that you like.

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I like making sounds and putting it together, I’m not just a singer or a producer.

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I’ve purposely made my music to be challenging and different. There’s some electronics, R&B, blues, Motown, country, jazz and lots of soul.

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My mission is to just keep creating music. If it helps people in some way, then I’m doing the right thing.

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I grew up with parents who really encouraged me to listen to as much music as I could.

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I’ve always found myself to be most free and creatively open when I’m on my own.

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I find myself working ten steps ahead of where I actually am on my laptop or keyboard, but I know what the ten steps are. I just haven’t got to them yet.

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I didn’t do myself any favours. I would be resentful of my own ideas even before I’d said them out loud. But music was always the most consistent and peaceful thing for me. So I taught myself to be my harshest critic rather than just a mean voice in the back of my head.

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I wish I was a prolific writing wondrous boy genius – I wish I was Stevie Wonder – but I wasn’t. I was me. I wrote terrible songs about girls I was head-over-heels about. As soon as a pretty girl looks at me, that’s it – I’m in love, and I should probably write a song about it!

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I got my first laptop, what I learned to do everything on, when I was 17 or 18, and I had no idea what I was doing. I’d only ever produced on an 8-track before. When I was about 13 and writing songs, I would write on that. It would literally be eight tracks, and that’s all I had.

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The ‘Remnants’ EP was the first time I got to really explore myself as a producer, and I got the insane idea of doing it on my own in my future career.

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I’ve been naturally quick at learning things, and I learn by doing things, so if I sit beside someone who is actively doing something, I look at how they do it and absorb the way in which they do something and find my own comfortable way of reimagining that, or using certain techniques in my own way.

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I don’t listen to much music on the go because I tend either to be writing my own music or wanting a break from the music around me.

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I want my music to sound good on whatever people are listening – laptop speakers, those crappy little white ones you get with your PC.

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Tech gives people more opportunities to be themselves in front of other people. Sometimes that’s great; sometimes it’s bad.

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The reason I’m scared of flying is because I’m not in charge. Being so far out of control terrifies me.

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I will have a playlist ready that I’ll play out to the audience before I walk on stage, and I’ll listen to that same playlist in the room, so by the time I walk on stage, I’m in the same frame of mind the audience is.

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I believe that musical instruments are created because they are supposed to be played. There’s not an instrument that’s been designed to not be playable – it kind of defeats the point.

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All I do is hope that someone feels something from listening to my music.

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Who am I to sit here and say I’m going to change the face of music?

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I find it hard to not like music if it has passion behind it and good integrity. Only if it’s made for the wrong reasons and shows a lack of respect for its audience will I find something to dislike.

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I am only interested in celebrating music.

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I spent 19, 20 years of my life being terrified about what I looked like. I was a ginger white kid.

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I enjoy the music I make because I have to – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t want to make it, and I wouldn’t want it to be heard by other people.

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When I was younger and played acoustic guitar music, I got a lot of Sheeran comparisons, along with guys like Paolo Nutini and James Morrison.

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I find it really difficult to turn my head off. I find it difficult to zone out.

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I watch cartoons a lot. I’m a big ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘South Park’ fan.

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I was put through piano lessons when I was a kid. I say ‘put through’ because it was fun and I loved it, and it’s been beneficial now, but it was difficult because, although I can read music, I much prefer just playing and improvising and at least finding my own way to play an instrument.

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It’s difficult sometimes to go and see a show and enjoy it and not go and see a show and critique it.

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I studied at university for a term and a day, and then I dropped out.

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I was studying primary school education. I was going to be a teacher. I was going to get my teaching qualification and have that as my safety net and then tackle the music industry.

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I just hope people enjoy ‘Phase’ as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. I hope it’s a good reaction.

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As a kid, I could just pick up melody and harmony instinctively, and that’s why I can play lots of instruments.

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Music has always been part of my family’s life. My brother, sister, and I all have the same ability to pick up an instrument and play.

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I wanted to be a teacher because that is all I knew. It was a great course on primary school education, in which I could specialise in music, but I ended up dropping out after I was honest with myself about what I really wanted to do with my life.

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The only intention I’ve ever had creatively, as a musician, is to be as different from myself as possible.

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I don’t want to write the song that I wrote yesterday, and I don’t want to write the song I’m going to write tomorrow; I only write the music I’m writing now.

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Genre hopping is something I intend to do, and I intend to do it forever and ever because I think genres are boring.

Jack Garratt

Festivals are the best because you can’t control anything, and for a control freak like me, that’s a wonderful experience.

Jack Garratt