Get to know Jeremy Loops!
Durban, are you ready?
Your favourite Jeremy Loops is back… and he’s getting set to turn up the beat at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday the 29th of September, in the third instalment of the 2019 Old Mutual Music at the Lake Series, with East Coast Radio.
1) We’re so happy to have you play in Durban again! What’s one thing you love about Durbs?
Durban shows are always great. Some of my favourites. I just love the energy of the city. People seem genuinely laid back, and not that faux laid back one often sees in other major coastal cities. around the world. It’s a nice change of pac
2) How did your love of music start?
My parents played music in our house all the time. I don’t even recall a time music wasn’t in my life. Making music was never a priority or something I thought I could do, but I loved singing over the classics like Joplin, Dylan, The Beatles, Bob Marley, or whatever else was being played. I would say that’s how the love started.
3) What would you say is your favourite song from all of your albums?
Wow. Tough question. I don’t think I have a favourite song in the traditional sense. I think the song I’m proudest of at a technical level is Underwater Blues. It’s understated, but there’s a serious musical sophistication happening there that I and other musicians really gravitate towards. And sonically, I think it’s beautiful. And then, I guess on the opposite end I could tell you which songs have elevated or moved my career the most, and those are Down South, Higher Stakes, Waves, and Gold.
4) What’s a secret many people don’t know about you?
I’m licensed to captain a 200-tonne sailboat, which, when you think about it, is pretty nuts.
5) Favourite Durban hangout?
Our touring schedule is so hectic, we don’t really get to hang out any more, so I couldn’t tell you what the hotspots are. Does ‘wherever the best waves are’ count as an answer?
6) Has there ever been a weird/crazy fan moment for you?
No. I think you grow desensitised to the odd fringe things. I’ve had tears, I’ve had hysteria, I’ve had grope-y people. After a while, you just start to see the super fringe things as less and less weird/crazy.
7) Any exciting line-ups in the pipeline?
We’ve actually just returned from European summer season, and played some big bills alongside Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, Anne-Marie, JUICEWRLD, and that sort of caliber of artist. Moving forward, I’m just focused on my headline European Tour, which culminates with a performance at The O2 Brixton Academy in London, a 5000-capacity arena. That’s pretty cool.
8) When you’re not making music, what do you like to do?
Surf, read, work out, draw, and travel.
9) Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
You have only yourself to rely on. Build locally first with those who are easy to reach, and build outwards from there. In the beginning there are almost no eyes on you, so release a lot – one single at a time – and be unafraid to fail. When things start connecting, only then should you start thinking about EPs, albums, organised tours, and the like.
But again, you have only yourself to rely on. Internalise that and you can achieve far more than you think.
10) When are you next in Durban?
We have a show at The Botanical Gardens on 29 September. After that, there are no plans in the pipeline to return to Durban for a long while.