Make It Music: Jerry Williams
Jerry Williams is a British singer-songwriter who has burst onto the UK’s ever-growing Indie scene with her conversational lyrics. Compared to the likes of Kate Nash, the Portsmouth native released her first single titled ‘A Hairdressers called Sid’s’ in 2014, before other tracks from her EP ‘Cold Beer’ helped her gain over 200,000 plays on SoundCloud. More recently, her single ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ has been nominated as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Track of the week’, increasing her exposure in the UK’s music scene.
The 21-year-old has previously supported Ben Howard on tour, performed at last month’s Live at Leeds, and is confirmed for festivals such as Tramlines and The Great Escape. She’s also linking up with BBC Introducing to perform gigs in Manchester and London. All in all, it’s a really exciting time to be Jerry Williams!
For her Make it Music session, Jerry has recorded a version of Jamie T’s ‘If You Got The Money’ and her single ‘Grab Life’.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW WORDS:
I would describe myself as; I love a laugh, I’m quite spontaneous, and I love eating food.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR MUSIC?
I take my inspirations from everyday life and things I hear people say, feelings I have for people, what my family do – things like that. I love listening to conversational lyrics, so I try to make my lyrics as relatable as possible and hopefully people can relate to my stories. I just write about [my] life, really.
THAT’S REALLY EVIDENT IN SOME OF YOUR TRACKS. WHAT WAS THE BACKGROUND STORY TO ‘COLD BEER’?
‘Cold Beer’ I wrote about a night out I had in London. I was just about to play a gig and this guy put a cold beer on my leg as I was walking up to the stage. It made me think. It was a cool concept like: “oh you put the beer on my leg, were you trying to get my attention?” so I just made up a story around that.
WHAT ABOUT ‘A HAIRDRESSERS CALLED SID’S’ AND ‘I’M NOT IN LOVE WITH YOU’ – CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE TWO TRACKS?
Well, both of those songs are a timeline of the person that I wrote them about. Hairdressers’ is about this guy who, when I was really young, was infatuated by, and after a night out he dropped me off outside this hairdressers. Fast-forward three years later and I wrote ‘I’m not in love with you’. It’s about the same guy and I was just like: “Oh my god, I dunno what I ever saw in him!” It was kind of a realisation that ‘I’m not in love with you anymore’. So yeah, it’s kind of a nice little timeline of how I felt.
CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF GROWING THROUGH YOUR TRACKS?
I can definitely see how I’ve grown through my tracks and you know, you experience different things in life. When I was younger, I used to write about boys and things like that. As I’ve grown up, I’ve lost people that were close to me and you realise things you can write about. It’s been really enjoyable to experience those different fields, so I’m looking forward to the future and what I can release my feelings on.
SO YOU’VE GOT SOME FANTASTIC STREAMS ON SPOTIFY; APPROXIMATLEY OVER 6 MILLION. WHO WAS ON YOUR PLAYLIST GROWING UP?
When I was in my teens, I loved people like Avril Lavigne, Busted and McFly. As a constant, I’ve loved Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, David Gray – and my dad loved Moby, things like that, so it’s kind of a mix.
ARE YOUR PARENTS MUSICAL?
My parents love music so much. Neither of them can play instruments or have a clue with how to do stuff, but they’re big fans of music just like my nan and grandad. My brother’s really into music as well, so it’s kinda rubbed off on me a bit too much!
IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYBODY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
There are so many people I’d love to collaborate with, but I think my dream ones would be a band called ‘Slow Club’, who I love so much. I love the stories and lyrics and I’ve been lucky enough to write with Charles from Slow Club, who was so amazing. Probably Chris Martin from Coldplay too, that would be pretty epic.
WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY; DEAD OR ALIVE?
This is so weird ‘cos I was thinking about this in my everyday life the other day. I would 100% want Derren Brown to be there because I love him so much. Chris Martin again because I’m the ultimate fan girl and then I don’t know, probably someone crazy like Lady Gaga or something, just to see what she’d be like to hang around with.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU FOR THE DINNER PARTY?
I love tomato soup so I’m going to say tomato soup for starter. Then I love a curry as well, so a nice Chicken tikka for main and then for dessert I love profiteroles.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST USED EMOJI?
My most used emoji is probably the rocker hand and on the update I love the little disco man!
SO YOU’VE GOT SOME EXICTING GIGS COMING UP – TALK US THROUGH WHAT YOU’RE UP TO
Coming up in May I’m at the Great Escape, which I can’t wait for, that’s going to be brilliant. Then I’m doing Tramlines and Victoria’s festival in Portsmouth as well, which I love playing, so I’m really excited!
IF YOU COULD GIG ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
I wold love to play somewhere like Shepherd’s Bush, Empire or Coco, that would be amazing. Obviously Wembley too, but Shepherd’s Bush would be brilliant.
WHICH OF YOUR TRACKS MEAN THE MOST TO YOU?
I’ve got a song called ‘Gameshow’ which is in demo form at the moment, but it’s about a family friend of ours that passed away last year. It was the first time I’d ever lost anybody that I knew who was close to me and it really knocked me for six. ‘Grab Life’ is kind of about living life to the full but ‘Gameshow’ was like a big release of those emotions. I was dehydrated from crying so much after I wrote it, but it was nice to kind of have it there where I could just see it.
YOU COVERED JAMIE T TODAY – WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS SONG?
I love that song so much. When I was at school it was the top played song on my iTunes – six hundred times or something! I just love it and it really inspired me to start making music – I loved the lyrics in it and the vibe of it, so it’s cool to do my own version of it.
YOU’VE ALREADY PUT YOUR OWN TWIST ON MUSIC THAT’S INFLUENCED YOU, BUT IF YOU HAD A FASHION INFLUENCE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
My style is quite eclectic. I love loads of different bits but people-wise I love people like Alexa Chung and Whitney Williams. I love seventies clothing as well, but I love the grungy sort of stuff like Dr. Martens and fishnets – things like that. So yeah, a mix of everything really!
You can listen to more of Jerry’s tracks on her SoundCloud and catch her on the U.K festival circuit this summer.