Singer Jamie Cullum is jazzed up to play in Miami.
“I’m looking forward to seeing some sunshine,” says the 30-year-old, who performs Monday in Miami Beach.
The Brit — best known for his songwriting skills and swinging sounds — chatted with us via phone from his London flat, where he was fervently watching the World Cup matches.
“It’s insane here. The pubs are full, and no one goes to work. They just get drunk all the time,” he says of the soccer scene. “Normally we’re all so reserved, so there’s a bit of anarchy right now.”
When he’s not touring, Cullum likes to draw, play tennis and ride his bicycle.
The music man hopes to one day start a family with wife Sophie Dahl. “I love kids.”
But for now he plans to focus on his writing career. “I’d like to write a book someday, and I love to read. I have an English degree, so it’s definitely in my bearings.”
Expect to see a lot going on at a Cullum concert. He sings his own songs (along with some covers) and also plays the piano and guitar.
Unlike some performers, he’s not fond of set lists.
“I just go with it. I’m the only person who knows what’s playing next. . . . I keep the band on their toes.”
After the U.S. leg of his tour, he’ll head back to England, where he will serve as a judge on Must Be The Music, a new talent-seeking reality show.
“All the best lessons are learned on the bandstand, so I’m going to tell them to practice and do a lot of gigs and not stay in rehearsal mode. . . . Gigs are good for the nerves.”
Even after countless live performances, Cullum still gets the jitters — sweaty palms included.
“It’s part of it. I just deal. I think if I stop feeling nervous, I’m not feeling the excitement. And if it’s not blowing me away, I shouldn’t do it.”
— MICAELA HOOD
Jamie Cullum performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets are $37.50; www.livenation.com.