Jamie Woodfin Jr is a solo artist originally from Elkhart, Indiana. He started playing the guitar when he was 15 and fell in love with songwriting around the age of 18. Jamie has always been inspired by Classic Rock and Blues guitar.
Writing lyrics is Jamie’s favorite stress relief in life and there isn't anything that makes him happier than taking ideas and emotions and turning them into a song. He released "Tha Jams' Rock" through CDBaby.com. He couldn't be any happier with the way the songs turned out and it's a great representation of his thoughts and feelings throughout the past year as some of his biggest life changes to date took shape and unfolded. With an eye to the future, Jamie Woodfin Jr. is looking forward to live performances and recording songs for my fourth cd release.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I love a wide variety of music and like to take ideas from each genre when I'm making a song. It's a lot of fun to blend the different elements into my own music and message. My overall sound is a mix between Jam Rock, Blues and Rock.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I am named after my Dad. He is a drummer and guitar player. He wanted a son with his name to carry on his legacy of playing music.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I have influences that range from Doo-Wop to Heavy Metal, Punk, Funk, Rap and Blues. A few of my favorite artist and bands would be Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, B.B. King, Phish, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Sublime, The Talking Heads, The Clash, TuPac, Notorious B.I.G
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I have my fourth album in the works. I'm currently in the mastering phase and look forward to a release I can be proud of in the upcoming months.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I want to be a touring musician and continue to release my own music. I'd also love to reach the level where I could have my own profession recording studio and work with bands and artists recording their music. I am continuously learning more and more about the ins and outs of booking, playing live, recording, mixing and mastering. I do my best to find a new piece of information each day I can use for the future.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King. It's one of my favorite tracks to solo on. I love everything B.B. King did and connect with the lyric.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Live shows as a one man band. I always want to put on a great show and perform to the best of my abilities. It's a fun challenge to get better each time I play out and that I do enjoy.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I like to be alone with my guitar and reflect on my feelings either about the past, present or future. I pick a subject and explore my thoughts. I write what comes to me as it comes and later on edit that down into something that makes more sense. The music comes from the emotion of the lyric.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It has taken my music onto a global scale where it allows me to connect with people in places I have never been. It means a lot to me and I'm very happy to have fans around the world that stream my songs and support my music.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin'
The Doors - The End
Pink Floyd - Money
The Beatles - Day Tripper
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've had a few jobs. None of which went well. I've worked as a Clerk, a Pharmacy Tech, a Machine Operator and a Driver.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Set goals and take the steps to reach them daily. Learn everything you can that interests you about the music world. Always believe in yourself.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I'd like to see indie music played on mainstream radio and the artist to have direct access to media and TV outlets.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it's important to craft something that is from your heart and that you believe in.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Thank you for taking the time to do an interview. I love what you do for the indie music scene and I appreciate all of your help and support.
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