We had the good fortune of connecting with Jameson Burt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jameson, how do you think about risk?
As an artist if risk isn’t the starting point of every move I make, then I’m doing something wrong. Risk is the foundation of anything good that can happen in creating something. When you’re starting a new piece of music or a new page of words, there’s always a temptation or an impulse to go back to what you know, what’s worked before, or to imitate something you like. That’s fine but you have to push yourself beyond that and out into the complete void of the unknown if you’re going to find anything juicy. So it’s always risk to be vulnerable and walk out onto the edge of the branch and see if there’s fruit out there. But I think most artists would agree, you find the good stuff when you feel like you’ve pushed yourself a bit outside of what you know, outside of where you’re comfortable.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started playing music when I was twelve years old, and as soon as I could get my finger to hold down a guitar string I started writing my own ideas, my own music. That’s been my journey and my focus ever since. I’ve been lucky to have talented people around me all along to collaborate with in the studio and in live music. I’ve toured all over Europe and the States and performed with other amazing artists – Rival Sons, Vasco Rossi, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard. I’ve made a lot of music I’m deeply proud of, I and I can’t get enough. When I finish this interview tonight I’ll sit with my notebook and write until I go to sleep. I love it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d have to say Laguna Beach is number one. I know I’m biased because I grew up going to the beach there and some of my earliest memories are being there with my family, but that place is at the top of my list. Not just for Southern California, but for anywhere. I spent a lot of time in Italy, France, Greece, but I think Laguna is still my favorite. I would want my hypothetical friend to spend some time there and enjoy the scenery, the town, the restaurants and bars, the energy of it all. It’s magic.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Andrew Wesley Carter. We have a studio in Santa Ana that we work out of, Echo Studio, and anything I’ve put out in the last few years has Andy’s fingerprints all over it. We’ve recorded and co-produced everything I’ve done recently together. He’s a great collaborator, always takes my vision for a song and works hard to make it become reality, and he’s a great mixer. And on top of that a dear friend.

Website: Jamesonmakesmusic.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/Jamesonmakesmusic

Facebook: Facebook.com/Jameson.burt

Youtube: Youtube.com/Jamesonmakesmusic

Image Credits
Joe Lyman. Rick Horn. Ashleeann Cittell.

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