Interview: Laurence Jones talks upcoming Southampton gig

Laurence Jones Live (Photo by Christie Goodwin)

Fresh from releasing his album, The Truth, Blues prodigy Laurence Jones is set to play Southampton’s Talking Heads on 5th May.

The 26 year old has been hailed ‘one to watch’ by all corners of the music industry, including press, concert and festival booking agents, blues fans and various musicians. Over the past five years, Laurence has really come into his own, and with his new album The Truth, he has now developing his own creative skin by writing and performing songs that are distinctive to his unique sound and identity. We managed to catch up with Laurence as he talks about the upcoming Southampton gig and more!

So how pumped are you for your show at Southampton’s Talking Heads on 5th May?

I’m pretty pumped, it’s going to be great. I’ve played there a couple of years ago, we only come to Southampton once a year on tour, so it’s always a great night and great people. I cannot wait.

Do you normally get a good reception in Southampton?

Yeah, when King King’s not on the same night (laughs loudly). Yeah, we normally get a great reception in Southampton. Like I said I’ve toured there over the years and it always seems to be a vibing place for music.

How has the release of The Truth gone down with fans so far?

It’s been great. Every album that I do, I try to do something different and especially with The Truth, it’s my most cross-over album yet. I think it appeals and that there is a song for everyone on the album. The reception of it has been very good. I’ve seen people singing along at shows and seeing new faces and new fans and I am looking forward to getting back on the road.

What is your favourite track from the release?

My favourite track is probably the opening track ‘What Would You Do’ because it’s the most relating to what’s going on in the world right now and that’s always that I’m inspired to in song writing to connect to what’s happening right now.

If you could work with any artist in the world, who would it be and why?

That’s a hard question. It probably be Eric Clapton because he’s a hero of mine. He’s written incredible hits but he is also pretty versatile. He’s changed what he does all throughout his career and kept moving forward. That’s something that I really look up to.

Will be working on any new music this year?

I’m always writing songs on the road because I’m always getting inspired by different things but this year we’ve got a busy touring schedule ahead of us. We are touring all of Europe and we’ve got some major festivals as well. So we are concentrating on touring and touring the new album this year but I’ve already been writing a few new songs while being on the road.

What do you get up to in your spare time when not working on music?

I generally do music and I like just to go out and being inspired, see my friends, go and see different places. I actually like doing touristy things, I’m a member of the National Trust, and I like to see old castles and old buildings and museums.

What was it like supporting the likes of Status Quo or Van Morrison, do you normally get a better reception when supporting?

First of all, it was amazing because we supported Status Quo on their stadium gigs in the Netherlands and when I played with Van Morrison it was at the Royal Albert Hall in London, so they were some pretty amazing venues. In terms of reception, it is completely different, every gig is completely different, you never know what you are going to get and that’s the beauty of it. I think with being a support act, the hard core fans of Status Quo and Van Morrison are not there to see the support band – maybe a hundred of our fans – but it’s great because sometimes you look out in the audience and see the surprise on people’s faces that they weren’t expecting this. People who come out to our headline shows are people who are lovers of our music and people who have supported me since I’ve been 17 and on the road. It’s almost like a bit of a family and community and people really appreciate what we do, it’s a completely different side.