Jamie T: ‘I was always in the studio, pumping tracks out’

'Carry On The Grudge' singer explains how he spent his five years away from music

Jamie T has revealed that he wrote over 180 songs for his new album ‘Carry On The Grudge’, admitting that he was “always pumping tracks out” during his five years out of the limelight.

‘Carry On The Grudge’ is Jamie T’s third album and first since 2009’s ‘Kings & Queens’. He speaks in depth to NME about the album in this week’s issue, on newsstands from today (September 24) and available digitally.

Speaking about what he did in the period between releasing ‘Kings & Queens’ and finishing the new album, Jamie T says: “I was always in the studio, always pumping tracks out, and I never seemed to finish anything. I would have all these tracks in the air and never get to the bottom of anything. And I think that’s quite bad for my self-esteem, that I never saw any of the fruits of my labour.”

On the subject of self-esteem, the singer-songwriter says he is happy in his life, crediting work on the album with boosting his confidence. “I’m in a better place than I was. I’m excited about things. And there are things I wanna do, and plans, I have a lot on. I’m happier that way, I think.”

Jamie T will celebrate the release of ‘Carry On The Grudge’ with a tiny gig at McClusky’s in Kingston, London on October 2, ahead of 13 dates this autumn, starting in Bristol on October 30. The tour will also visit Southampton, Norwich, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham.

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Jamie T will play:

London Kingston McClusky’s (October 2)
Bristol O2 Academy (30)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (31)
Norwich UEA (November 1)
Newcastle O2 Academy (3)
Nottingham Rock City (4)
Manchester Academy (7)
Leeds O2 Academy (8)
Glasgow Barrowland (10)
Birmingham O2 Academy (13)
London Alexandra Palace (14 & 15)
Manchester Academy (17)
Liverpool Guild Of Students (18)

To check the availability of Jamie T tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.