Jarryd James talks debut album, Falls Festival appearance
BRISBANE'S Jarryd James is coming back to North Byron Parklands for Falls Festival 2015-16.
The singer songwriter has cemented his music career with last month's release of Thirty One, his debut album.
Are you still surprised by your success?
Yeah, man. It's not something I expected to happen this year.
Twelve months ago I was just working and making a little bit of music, and before that, about two years ago, I gave up on music altogether.
Why did you give up?
I just got really over it. I had been trying for about then years and it's so hard in this country to have a sustainable music career in Australia.
I couldn't do it anymore.
What did you do then?
I worked in residential care and I looked after young people with extreme needs. Mostly teenage boys from crazy family situations who had been subject to a lot of abuse and trauma.
Some of their parents were in prison and others had seen their parents being murdered.
What was your big music breakthrough?
I put my first single, Do You Remember, up online on Soundcloud in January and there was no agenda. In my brain I thought, "Let's see if people even like this at all."
Then it snowballed from there and I haven't even had a chance to think much about it.
How was it to play Splendour this year?
That was pretty overwhelming. You can't really anticipate what is going to happen. I had no idea if anyone would even come to my set, and then when I went on stage I couldn't see the end of the crowd.
It was so overwhelming.
My brain didn't know how to process it.
I finished performing and then I went back to my trailer.
I just sat there on the floor for about two hours.
At North Byron Parklands at part of Falls Festival Byron Bay, December 31 to January 3. For details visit fallsfestival.com.au.