Somewhere between Lily Allen, Two Door Cinema Club and MGMT can be found the sound of Jerry Williams, an exciting new pop rock songstress whose second EP is about to be unleashed on the world. Its songs are inspired by her and her friends’ experiences of nights out and dating and are set to a backdrop of everyday life in the UK, a reliable foundation for charismatic British pop music. We got the chance to speak to Jerry about music videos, future EPs and her penchant for ambitious covers.
The video for your new single, Cold Beer, is now streaming on Vevo. How has the reaction to it been?
The reaction has been great! Lots of people have been sharing and telling me the video looks brilliant, which is amazing. It was filmed in my hometown of Portsmouth in lots of the independent shops and places I love. It’s had a lot of local support too which is so lovely.
It’s full of life and colour and looks like it was fun to make. Is this something you always want to convey or is there a darker side to your work we’re yet to see?
I wanted the video to be fun and bright and youthful to reflect the song and I think it works well! I’ve got lots of upbeat, quirky songs. However, I have got more serious tracks in the can which are darker and have different meanings. I guess there can be a different side to me!
You mentioned the importance of your hometown, were you inspired by Portsmouth during the songwriting process?
For Cold Beer, the concept of the song was inspired by a gig I was at in London where a guy put his cold beer on my leg as I was walking to go on stage. It just planted a seed into my head and when I went into a songwriting session with Dan Brown, I drew upon that event and we wrote the song! Lots of lyrics reflect what some of my friends say about boys and nights out. So as I was writing it, I had the Portsmouth scene in the back of my mind, but the song was inspired by something that happened in London.
The single will be released at the same time as the Cold Beer EP. Was this your first experience of proper studio recording?
No it wasn’t. The Cold Beer EP is my second EP, however, it was the first time I went into a studio to fully produce something. My debut EP, A Hairdressers Called Sids, was made up of mainly acoustic, one take recordings which was recorded purely to sell as merch for gigs. So to go in and produce my songs was so much fun and so interesting! Both EPs were produced by myself and Dan Brown at his Skylight Studios in Bristol. We also wrote Cold Beer and Bolt From The Blue together.
The EP is set to feature an acoustic version of an R Kelly track. Is this a fair representation of your influences, or was this just the chance to try something different?
It was a chance to try something different on a song I wouldn’t normally sing. Bump n’ Grind always seems to go down well live, also, The Waze & Odyssey version was in the charts at the time, so it was just a little experiment to try and put my own twist on the original.
Will there be much touring to support the new EP?
Yes. There’s an EP launch at Camden Barfly on the 20th of August, and one in my hometown of Portsmouth on the 23rd August at Tiger Tiger, both with full band. Also, I’ll be on the main stage at Victorious Festival, as well as the acoustic stage on the 29th August which will be amazing!
Where can we see you and your music going over the next year or so?
I have my own record label called Sunglasses Records, so I’ll be releasing another EP early next year which should have a different feel to the upcoming EP, so keep an ear out. It will feature a song I wrote with the amazing Newton Faulkner and his brother Toby, so it’s going to be exciting to record!