A comeback? I wanted to hang up my hat, says Jay
HE was the future once but Jamiroquai has revealed how it passed him by – leading him to consider jacking in his career altogether.
Mad hatter Jay Kay said he found coming back after seven years away hard to handle thanks to the huge changes in the music industry.
‘The most challenging part was actually starting up again,’ said the Deeper Underground chart topper.
‘The business can be overwhelming. It’s a bit different when you’re younger, but the whole industry has changed so dramatically now.
‘Although you see artists who were from an era before me carrying on, they’ve tended to have had all their major stuff released long before the whole internet and social media thing. I still started at a time when you put out one single, and then you had an album and there might have been a 12in remix. Now you have almost four times the workload.’
Returning with album Automaton, the 47-year-old said his famous headgear has always been his perfect shield. ‘I felt I could get into a completely different alter ego on stage with a hat on my head,’ he told highsnobiety.com.
‘I become Jamiroquai, not Jay, so it’s an intrinsic part of what I do.’ Read the full interview in High Snobiety out on April 11.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth