In Conversation With: Jolé

Photo Credit: Doug Elliott

Photo Credit: Doug Elliott

Jolé has just dropped his self-titled debut album, which eight tracks of beautifully soothing songwriting. We chat to him about missing coastal living and the recording process of his album. 

Where was the album recorded? Any behind the scenes stories? 
It was recorded at Echo Zoo Studios in Eastbourne with Christoph Skirl. The guy is one of the hardest working people I know. I would go to bed around midnight after what was sometimes a fourteen hour day. He would go to bed after me (sometimes sleeping on the couch in the studio) and be up before me at the mixing desk first thing. I had to keep up with him!

When writing the tracks for the album, what did you pull in to inspire yourself on the tracks? What are they about? 
They are about a mixture of things and were written over a period of about a year. Topics include previous relationships, anxiety, day dreaming and looking to the future.

You used to live in Brighton, and now live in London. Do you ever miss the coastal life style there? 
I do, but I love London, it feels like home for now. I think the thing I miss about Brighton is the people. I still have friends there and I love visiting them. 

You grew up listening to the likes of Van Morison, and The Beach Boys. If you could pick any track or album from that period of your life to summarize yourself, which would it be and why?
My parents would always play Van Morrison and The Beach Boys around the house and Brian Wilson was my first ever gig so both are pretty special to me. It’s a bit of a cliche but ‘God Only Knows’ is one of my all time favourite songs. 

Now the album is out, what next? What are your plans for the next few months? 
I’m already working on the next thing! As I type this it's the morning after my album launch so I’m on a high from that. I am playing a bunch of Sofar Sounds shows in the coming months and have a couple of other shows in the pipeline. I will mainly be in the studio though which I am really excited about!

Jolé’s self titled debut album is out via Republic of Music.