Calm Down Dearest
Jamie T releases his new single 'Calm Down Dearest' Jan 15th and the debut album 'Panic Prevention' will follow on Janurary 29th 2007.
Don't be fooled by his MC like moniker. Jamie T is a tall, skinny lad from the south-west London suburb of Wimbledon, influenced as much by The Clash, Tom Waits, Rancid and The Specials as the drum'n'bass and garage that surrounded him while growing up.
Armed only with an acoustic bass guitar, a teenage Jamie T begun playing the backrooms of pubs in Soho and Twickenham, playing his solo show of tales of life in identikit suburbia and what it is to be a young man growing up in 1990s Britain.
The live experience was akin to the troubadour spirit of the American folkies of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan colliding headlong with true English gents like Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello, with a few pills and cans of Stella to loosen the creative juices. Determined to avoid any of the clichÃ©s that acoustic playing implies, Jamie decided to fuse his loose folky songs, with a punk, reggae and hip hop tinge.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.