In the exciting run up to their gig at Bush Hall on 25/01/18, we wanted to get to know the members of new Sounding Out band Inside Out a bit better, so we sat down with each of them for a nice cup tea…
Jay plays guitar and sings in Inside Out.
ITT: Hi Jay! How did you first get involved?
Jay: I was in an open prison when I first met with representatives of ITT. After the meeting ITT sent a music teacher to the prison, where she helped us to form a band and put on gigs. The bit I enjoyed the most about working with ITT was being able to plat together with professional musicians.
ITT: Who are your musical heroes? What about them inspires you?
Jay: A melodic rock band called Whitesnake. I was a teenager in the Eighties and they had a song in the chart called “Is This Love?” and since then my life has changed as I started listening to more melodic rock and learned guitar techniques accordingly.
ITT: How important is music in your life?
Jay: Music in everything to me. When I make music I forget about all the pressure of life and I am in a different world.
ITT: What’s your favourite Inside Out song and why?
Jay: ‘One Day’ as I wrote that song when I was still in prison. My band members when joined me and improved this song.
ITT: What are you looking forward to about the Bush Hall gig?
Jay: Being able to play in front of an audience of friends and family.
ITT: What are your hopes for the future?
Jay: Being able to play more gigs with Inside Out.
ITT: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Jay: Never give up making music.
ITT: Any parting thoughts for the world?
Jay: Music in the food of the soul. Music in unity. Music in love and passion.