While in Sydney recently, UK rising star Jack Garratt sat down with Larry to chat about the success of his Phase record and the development of his live shows to steadily growing audiences around the world.
Obviously an avid music fan himself, Garratt describes his favourite elements of live music and how his shows are consistently developing.
“The thing I love about live music is when you can enjoy someone enjoying the music that they’ve made. I think it’s absolutely necessary and worthwhile to take pride in the music you make and to take pride in the art that you make, but there is a dangerous line between being proud of what you do and arrogantly believing that what you do is the best. There’s definitely a distinct difference between that.”
“I would sit there and say that I’m the best in the world at what I do, otherwise I would have no need to wake up tomorrow. I’m constantly striving to be better.”
In the country for his debut headline Australian appearances as well as Splendour in the Grass recently, Garratt comments on the way Phase has continued to develop on the live front as his stages are getting bigger.
“It would be silly for me to go on tour with an album that’s as grand sounding as I’ve tried to produce it and mix it as, without adapting the set up that I have. There are live drum sounds on the record, there are live guitar sounds on the record, there are live synth sounds on the record. It would be weird if I went up on stage with just a laptop, that just doesn’t sense to me. In the same sense, I don’t want to get it sounding so accurately perfect to what the record sounds like, that it could also just sound like I might as well be up on stage with a laptop, just pressing play.”
“Music has always felt instinctive to me,” Garratt says, commenting on his wide range of influences. “It’s always had that animalistic quality or primitive quality to me in the sense that it’s just always been a part of me. It’s somewhere in my bones and I’m simply a shell for it to exist within. That’s always been the case.”