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Hook Gigs: Jerry Williams

29 March 2017

Jerry Williams is a rising young singer-songwriter hailing from Portsmouth. At just 21, Jerry already has the mindset and creative assertion of someone who's been in the industry for years. Petite in stature but not in spirit, it's impossible not to love her. Despite being unsigned, Jerry has managed to captivate both her musical audience, festival organisers and brands such as Topshop, MAC Cosmetics and Gibson to propel herself forward. Having already worked with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Dan Carey and Rich Turvey (Blossoms), Jerry is well on her way to becoming an indie-pop sensation. 

Supported by LiveNation, we had a quick chat with Jerry before her headline show at The Waiting Room in Dalston.

 

Jerry wears Genesis AAA Sunglasses in Light Grey

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Congratulations on headlining tonight! London is very happy to welcome you to Dalston. Do you get to spend much time in the capital?

Whenever I'm up here it's usually always for work and meetings, so I never really get to do the touristy stuff. One day soon I'd love to come up and just walk around and see all the iconic areas of London and take it all in! But I can already tell it's an incredible city to be in. It took us 4 hours to get here, picking up all our gear along the way, but when you arrive it's totally worth it.

Do you have any stand-out career moments so far?

I've had quite a few really good moments actually, I've been very fortunate. I've played some amazing shows, like last year I played at British Summer Time in Hyde Park which was a dream. We had our own trailer backstage and got the VIP treatment, it was amazing. I'd also say the new friends I've made in the industry have been life-changing, especially in relation to songwriting. I've had the chance to write with Newton Faulkner, and Dan Carey for example, who has written for artists like Sia. Making friends with people like those who I have always admired has been the best thing I've experienced.

 

Jerry wears Lexington Sunglasses in Black

 

If you could be any other music artist in the world for a day, who would you be?

Hmmm ... I'd probably be a guy, purely for the experience of being a guy for a day, it would be very interesting. I love Coldplay so I would probably be Chris Martin and just jam on my guitars all day long!

You have a very distinct and fresh sound that you haven't compromised on. Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

I have loads of musical influences so it's always hard to pick one or two, as I take inspiration from lots of other details from multiple works. I think the main one is Coldplay. I also love Vampire Weekend, Jamie T, and a band called Slow Club. I guess every artist always looks back to older reference points as well, so I love artists like Moby and Johnny Cash too.

 

 

You've played at some great festivals already. What have you got coming up this summer and what do you love most about them?

I've played at Victorious Festival quite a few times and will be returning this summer, and this year I'm doing new festivals for the first time, like Live At Leeds and Tramlines and going back to The Great Escape which I've played before too which is always amazing. I'd say the best thing about festivals are the people, because everyone is truly there for the music. The atmosphere is electric, either as a festival-goer or a performer yourself. 

What other plans have you got lined up for the summer?

Well I'm just about to start recording new material which will be really good for people to hear more about in the upcoming months! It's a really exciting transitional year for me. I'll hopefully be releasing more music videos as well, especially in the summer - I have some very summery tunes coming out so hopefully they will get everyone in the holiday mood! 

 

Jerry wears Genesis AAA Sunglasses in Light Grey

 

Describe your style in 3 words.

Quirky, clashy and girly-grungy. I don't take myself too seriously!

Do you have any fashion influencers?

I'm a big fan of Whinnie Williams and Alexa Chung as style icons. They're both quite retro and are rocking awesome 70's vibes at the moment. I then also follow the big brands like Gucci or Roberto Cavalli - they're just so pretty! I love anything that is bold, daring and unapologetic. 

 

Jerry wears Lexington Sunglasses in Black

 

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