Jake Bugg has criticised some of the songwriters he recently met in Nashville, complaining that some of them had become “complacent” with their work.
Bugg, who travelled to Tennessee to work on songs for his forthcoming second album, revealed that he was shocked to discover that he was expected to accept songs pre-written and that he would not be writing fresh material with the writers. “I thought I’d learn something, as these were the biggest names in songwriting. But they’d got complacent,” he told the Daily Star. “They were presenting songs they’d already written, not caring what I wanted. I had to say: ‘No mate, let’s get our guitars out and see what happens together.’ It was really disappointing.”
Defending the fact he uses writers for all of his solo material, Bugg adds: “I’m still very young, and I should soak up what I can learn from people with more experience. I’m taking it on board, so I can step into writing on my own eventually.”
Last month, it was revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith will appear on Bugg’s new single ‘Broken’. The track, which appeared on Bugg’s chart-topping self-titled debut album, has been re-recorded with producer Rick Rubin – who has worked with Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash – in his Malibu studio.
On working with the Chad Smith, Bugg said: “I didn’t know who Chad was to be honest, obviously I knew who the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were and then he started playing and I was like, ‘wow’, you know. It was pretty amazing. It was such a cool vibe and so I can’t wait to get back in and try and finish it up and hopefully get it out there later this year or even early next year.”
Bugg recently told NME that he will be going back into the studio with Rubin later this year to finish up recording his second album. Confirming that the pair had already recorded one new track – titled ‘Slum Door Sunrise’, he said of his new material: “I’ve been listening to a lot of Neil Young and Nick Drake and all that kind of stuff, and I think with these new songs you can kind of tell what I’ve been listening to. I want to emulate the first record – but better.”
Jake Bugg will tour the UK in October. The dates will follow appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals, as well as slots supporting The Stone Roses over the summer.
Jake Bugg will play:
Bournemouth BIC (October 19)
Plymouth Pavilions (20)
Brighton Centre (22)
London Brixton O2 Academy (23)
Swindon Oasis (27)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28)
Glasgow O2 Academy (31)
Doncaster Dome (November 2)
Manchester O2 Apollo (6)
Doncaster Dome (9)
Birmingham O2 Academy (10)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (12)
Manchester O2 Apollo (13)