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Jack learns to love the music again; With his fourth album, Written In Scars, out this month, singersongwriter Jack Savoretti, at Sage Gateshead on February 17, is feeling reflective. He tells Andy Welch about letting go of industry gripes and why becoming a father has changed everything.

HOW ARE YOU? I'm full of cold and in bed, but other than that, I'm fine. It's not going to stop me touring. I'm very much looking forward to getting on the road.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED? It was before Christmas, which feels weird, like ages ago, but we start rehearsing this week and we'll be ready to go.

YOU'RE TOURING PRETTY SOLIDLY UNTIL APRIL. DO YOU LIKE HAVING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS MAPPED OUT LIKE THAT? It's pretty new for me, to be honest, so I love it. It makes a big difference to me knowing where I'm going to be, rather than sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring.

THERE'S A LOT MORE MOMENTUM AROUND YOUR CAREER AT THE MOMENT, FINALLY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. DO YOU FEEL DIFFERENT? Definitely, it feels like everyone I'm working with is excellent at their job, and it also feels like they want to be working with me, and that hasn't always been the case. We've taken a lot of knocks over the years, and it's taken me a while to realise this, but working with people who are enthusiastic makes it so much easier.

YOUR LAST ALBUM WAS A BIG TURNING POINT FOR YOU...Yes, because after my third album, I thought that was it, I was going to retire. My third album, Before The Storm, was the result of me being reintroduced to music in a way. After I'd decided to retire, all this pressure lifted and I wrote all the songs for that album and stopped worrying about the things that weren't my problem. I know what I can do, and I've learned to concentrate on that.

LIKE WHAT? I let go of so much stuff I hated about the industry. I didn't like what I'd seen, I didn't like what had happened to me and how I'd been treated. So with that, I realised I'd fallen out with the industry - not the music. The minute I turned my back on it all, I was writing for me, not anyone else, not to get on the radio, and I started writing better songs I think. I like being hands on, but really my job is the songs, the other stuff is left for other people.

WRITTEN IN SCARS - THE TITLE SUGGESTS THERE IS A PAINFUL BACKDROP TO THE ALBUM...The irony is that it's the most pleasant experience I've ever had making an album, and writing it, but it's definitely reflecting on the bad times. When you do pick yourself up and dust yourself off, you feel great you survived, but afterwards, you get a lot of wisdom from it. You don't realise you're in a fight when you're in it, so this album is like that post-fight analysis. Me sitting down and thinking about it. But it's not just sad, it's about a lot of changes in my life and things happening today.

YOU'RE MARRIED WITH CHILDREN NOW? Yes. That is a huge change, and it makes everything different, 100%. And having children, that's the biggest thing. Having a family is the hardest thing you'll ever do, but it's also the best. Having kids is the biggest inspiration for my songs.

HOW ELSE IS THE MUSIC DIFFERENT? Well I started with the rhythm of each track, mainly because I have such a great bass player, but that was something I'd never done before. I thought about it after seeing a Paul Simon documentary when he said that's how he starts with writing songs. It's a much more motivational album in that sense, and great to play live. A lot of my other songs are slow, but this time around, I think people might dance.


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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2015
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