Artist: Jules Rendell
Single: "Let Go"
How did you come up with the name of your new single “Let Go”?
‘Let Go’ is the two word hook from the song’s chorus and is 100% what the song is about. So many of us - especially in the UK - are so uptight and afraid to make mistakes, afraid that we might make a fool of ourselves or fail. The song is about freedom from that fear, taking life by the shoulders and making the most of every opportunity. Live life to the fullest!
Is there a specific person or event that inspired this track?
Yeah there is… it began with my husband who struggles with perfectionism (though he is working on it and getting better!). Sometimes perfectionism can be so debilitating. He would not be able to make decisions for fear of making mistakes, and if he did decide something he would beat himself up that he made the wrong decision. If he succeeded in something, he would think that he had set the bar too low. So there is no winning. There’s not much in life that deserves that much attention in my view. But as I was writing for this album, I realised I too had those same tendencies when it came to music. The fear of failure stops us from moving forward.
What sparked your aural addiction?
I was always drawn to music. A vivid memory from my childhood was gazing at the choir at the back of church when I was about 7 wishing I could be up there as well. Soon afterwards I was allowed! I taught myself piano from about 9 with teach yourself books after I learned recorder at school, then came cello at 11. It was my idea to be a professional cellist first but I’m pretty glad I chose singing in the end - the thought of practising 5/6 hours a day terrifies me!
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Ah man! I would love to collaborate with Jordan Rakei or Tom Misch. Love love love!
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
I love jazz. Different types… I’d love to sing with a big band one day, and I’d also love to release some very jazz influenced soulful music… something like Gretchen Parlato or Esperanze Spalding. I love music for music’s sake - not just your 3 minute 20 second pop song but sitting in a groove for 10 minutes and seeing what happens. I love the life and spontaneity of it. Genres to avoid… I don’t get on it with metal too much, or cheesy European pop… eek! I become quite agitated when music comes on that I don’t like, it can make me pretty grouchy and I can’t concentrate on anything else!
If/when you’re lacking inspiration, how do you kickstart your creativity?
Well, when I was writing for my album, I felt that very thing. I did a variety of things… left London a couple of times to do writing weeks away - just getting out of your usual space helps. I wrote with other people, I listen to all sorts of music, read poetry, go and see a gig, go and DO a gig. Anything than just sit at my piano!
What is currently on your playlist?
I’m loving a gospel artist called Travis Greene at the moment, he has great lyrics and vibe. Loving Jordan Rakei - he has the best grooves. For a pop vibe, I love Haim.
What is your favourite type of performance venue?
Oooh! ummm.. well the other day I performed at Sofar Sounds here in London. There were about 60 people sitting on the floor in someone’s (large) flat! The vibe was so cool, and everyone was up for it but being a small gig I also got to catch people’s eyes, laugh and interact with them on a one-to-one level.
How have your surroundings influenced your music?
London has definitely influenced my sound for my latest album. I wanted to reflect my life in my music. Sirens, traffic, electronic equipment, chatter, noise. It’s part of who I am. I don’t often sit in fields with a guitar listening to bird song so that organic sound seemed to be outdated for me. I heard a guy called Ray Hughes talk about singing ‘the song of the land’. That’s what I wanted to achieve.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I eat both peanut butter and hummous out of the jar neat and I love it. Sometimes I eat peanut butter with every meal. :-/
What’s next for Jules Rendell?
The album, ‘Imagine’ is out on April 6th along with my third single and video, ‘The Return’. I have some live gigs in the diary - check out julesrendell.com for more info. We also have a remix of my first single, "Old Friend" coming out this week!
Anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me! May 2018 be a year of letting go of fear and having amazing life experiences - whether that’s stepping out in to something completely new or making loads of little positive decisions every day. Mental and physical well-being is everything so look after yourselves! (And hopefully my music can be your soundtrack :-) )