Happy accidents and drunk on love. What may appear as a something from a wild night out, actually
underpins the musical makings of charming English artist, Jamie Lawson. He made us cry in 2015 with
his beautiful song 'Wasn’t Expecting That' and his new album (launched 29th September), 'Happy Accidents' is no exception.
It was a bro-mance between Jamie and Ed Sheeran that created this beautiful album and we’ve got our tissues ready and are already preparing for our campfire sing-a-longs over the summer. Even this interview is too damn cute! (Note: the moment when he talks about meeting his wife, I died). We found out what it's like working alongside Ed Sheeran and Jamie shared his advice for budding creatives in the 20s and his ultimate 'feeling sorry for yourself' playlist.
Your new album is titled ‘Happy Accidents’. What’s the story behind the name?
It’s about good things coming out of other things going wrong, like when a girl goes to see a standup
comedian and walks into the wrong room where you happen to be playing and she thinks you’re not
too bad and so sends you a message saying ‘You’re not very funny, but I thought you were good so
hooray for happy accidents’ and then five years later you marry her.
Your song ‘Wasn’t expecting that’ was a hit that tugged on the heart strings and brought many a
tear to people’s eyes. What was it like to receive such global, positive attention for this song?
It was great, I always thought if people got to hear it then it could be successful. I don’t think I was
prepared for the hugely personal messages I would receive of how important the song was to
people, how it truly helped people through very dark days or made them think of their grandparents
or people close to them. Those things hit home because it made me realise I’d made a record for
others like Natalie Merchant had made for me. A record that helped heal. This makes me really
The video clip was a work of art. How involved were you in the visual story telling aspect of this
song and can we expect similar beautiful video clips in the future?
It was important to me that the video had a narrative. There’s a trend for videos to be more abstract
and I knew I wanted to avoid this. I’m really glad people like it, nearly 20,000,000 views now which is
amazing. I’m really happy with the new video for 'Can’t See Straight'. It’s animated in the style of the
album artwork which I think is pretty cool. My favourite video is the one we filmed in Sydney though
for 'Someone For Everyone'. If you’ve not seen it, you should check it out.
You’ve notched up some pretty impressive accomplishments of late. Working with One Direction
and Vance Joy, appearing on the Ellen Show and of course, signing with Ed Sheeran’s record label, Gingerbread Man Records. What has been your proudest career moment to date?
Winning an Ivor Novello Award for best song is probably my proudest moment, it’s voted for by
other song writers so if they think you’re good then that really means a lot! But really, that I have a
career at all is pretty amazing. A lot of people would have, and did, give up long before me, the fact
that I kept going shows what belief I had in these songs. I’m pretty proud of that.
…and what has been a proud moment for you outside of your musical life?
I bought a tool box and there are tools in it. Just need to learn how to use them.
What does it feel like when someone like Ed Sheeran signs you on as his first artist? No pressure or
Weirdly I didn’t feel any pressure. He never said, "you’d better get this right or I’m screwed" or
anything. He seemed to have complete belief in me and my songs. [He knew] if we released
'Wasn’t Expecting That' in Australia first and it was a hit , then it would spread across the globe. And he was right. He’s a clever guy, he knows what he’s doing.
What advice would you offer to people in their 20s who are hoping to pursue a creative career but aren’t sure how to take that first leap of faith?
You have to be 100% behind it, dipping your toe in is never going to work and you have to absolutely
love it. If you don’t then it won’t make you happy if it doesn’t go well. You have to want to do it even
if it means you won’t make much money. I go by this quote from Bob Dylan - “A man is a success if
he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
Other than through your music, how do you fuel yourself creatively?
I read, I watch quite a bit of TV, I listen to people’s conversations, always looking out for a line or a
word that I can try and use differently, that might hook me in in some way.
What’s the best thing about your home town?
My family still live there (Plymouth). I don’t get back as often as I’d like to. I live in Manchester now.
"You have to be 100% behind it, dipping your toe in is never going to work..."
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?
I dropped a dart onto my brother’s head form the upstairs landing when I was about 4 or 5. I think
that still stands up as being the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. Didn’t stop us loving the game of darts
What’s the best song to listen to when you’re feeling sorry for yourself?
There’s a few, here’s some:
Josienne Clarke; Ben Walker - Something Familiar
Tom Waits - Tom Traubert’s Blues
Elbow - Switching Off
Joni Mitchell - A Case Of You
Red House Painters - Have You Forgotten
Ben Folds - Still Fighting It
Quick Fire Round
A cuppa tea or a shot of coffee?
Vegemite or Promite? (If you say Promite we will have to end this interview here)
I don’t know what Promite is, but I don’t like vegemite either.
Summer or Winter?
Cold sausage or cold meat pie?
Is this a euphemism?! (Editors note: no, it is not. Just a reflection of the disgusting Australian eating habits.)
On the couch in your trackies or on the dance floor in your dancing shoes?
On the couch in my dancing shoes.
Never experience the taste of beer again or never kiss another human on the lips?
Never taste beer - be drunk on love.
You can download 'Happy Accidents' on I-tunes NOW!
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Adelaide is a twenty something human and yes, that is her real name. She doesn’t go far without her Doc Martens and a cappuccino. She loves travelling and thinks it’s the best way to meet exciting people (men). When she’s not at uni or daydreaming at the beach, you will find her writing on her blog A Worldly Addiction.