Jamie Cullum – “Hurl Yourself Into It Without Thinking”

During presenting a weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2, Jamie Cullum recorded his sixth album ‘Monumentum’ which was released on the 20th of May by Island Records. It’s about the crossover period from a young man to a grown-up and in this context about momentum that helps provide achieving the balance between childish fantasies and epic responsibilities of the adult world. The jazz-pop singer- songwriter is about to perform on Czech Festival Colours of Ostrava which takes place in the middle of former blast furnaces, mines and ironwork. An appropriate location for presenting his new album live on stage. Before we asked to grant us an interview.

Please introduce the musical concept behind your latest album “Momentum” to us!

Well, it seems like a good title for the album for a lot of reasons. One is that this album was entirely made with a sense of momentum. My life’s changed in a lot of ways since the last few records, you know, I’m a father now, I have multiple responsibilities, far beyond just looking after myself, and so this album was made in pockets of time, rather than the luxury of all the time in the world. So I just kind of hurled myself into it, and the whole thing happened without a great deal of thought, which sounds careless, but I’ve come to realize that thought is the enemy of creativity in a lot of ways.

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The other thing, the album is really about that crossover period where you’re really still a young man, but also you’ve got one foot in this incredibly grown-up, adult world where you’re the leader of your pack, and the album really is about that kind of balance of your childish fantasies with these grand and quite epic responsibilities. I think it’s momentum that carries you through that, really, so that’s how I came up with the title.

Sounds like bringing your new album into life was different to your former strategy. How could one imagine your new way of proceeding?

Instead of going into my music room, my work room, my studio, whatever you want to call it, and worrying whether I had this type of song, or whether my fans would like this type of song, or whether this type of song fitted into my world, I just went in there and had fun in the small amount of time I had available, and made the music, and kind of worried about it afterwards.

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