Culture, Interviews — July 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay Challenges Himself in China and Korea



Ahead of Jamiroquai‘s appearance in Korea and China we managed to grab some time with their front man, the enigmatic and thoroughly likeable Jay Kay, who gave us some thoughts on touring and what still challenges him.

You played in Korea last year. You must like the place!
Yeah (laughs), it’s a cool place. I love it. Great vibe, lovely people and the Korean audience know their music, you know. They sing along to every word of our songs, which is great, but they also love so many different styles of music. And they’re so in to jazz music and all its different styles which at first, I admit, I found surprising but once you accept it you realise it doesn’t really matter where you live in the world anymore. People listen to stuff they like on the Internet and they get into it and it’s a global audience for great music nowadays. 

Do you play differently for a Korean or Chinese audience?
No way! Not at all. Look, we’ve been going for 20 years. Oh my God! So we’re not going to start playing differently now. We’ve always been us, you know, always played the music we like in our own style and audiences either like us or they don’t. Thankfully a lot of people do, so we keep on playing our thing and it doesn’t matter whether it’s Korea, China, Russia or Brazil, you know, we want to give our audience the Jamiroquai sound and keep rolling on!

There must be very few challenges for you now? 
Ha, you wouldn’t believe how many I’ve still got! When I set out at 18 then, sure, I had a dream of what I wanted for my band and I’ve achieved a lot of those: number ones, world tours, the lifestyle, so yeah, from that perspective. But challenges, for me, keep me going and they’re not just about the music. I’ve started racing cars now and that’s a huge personal challenge to get better and win more races. And for the band, there are still a lot of places I want to play. In the past year we’ve played shows in Russia, South America and are about to play China, new places we’ve never played before, new audiences and new experiences. We’ve come a long way from where we started but we’ve still got a long way to go. And I can’t wait!

Jamiroquai are appearing at Jisan Forest Resort, Korea on the 3rd of August and Grand Stage, Shanghai on the 6th of August.



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