Jamie Cullum - Heavy Metal Fan Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum started off as a heavy metal fan.

The jazz pianist and singer was initially drawn to an altogether darker music as a teenager, and thinks it gave him a good base to move on to jazz and its complicated forms and structures from.

He told The Huffington Post: "A lot of the music I fell in love with first was hard rock and heavy metal, and 15 - Nirvana, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix.

"I saw a great musicality in it, and I graduated to jazz through that, because they were also playing fast and very technically. It was never about the front man, always the guitar solo."

The 33-year-old singer said when he did start listening to jazz, he bought into the look and lifestyle fully.

He added: "I was an absolute idiot, wearing polo-necks, reading Kerouac, watching Woody Allen movies, and jazz fitted right into all of that.

"My interest in that whole world became very genuine, but perhaps started off a bit affected a mixture of right and wrong reasons. I was always drawn to non-commercial music, perhaps pathologically so. Now I can love R Kelly and not be embarrassed."

Jamie also talked about his respect for friend Amy Winehouse, who died unexpectedly at her home in London in July this year.

He added: "She was someone I came up with, and I was around her and her music so much, and heard so much of it in its gestational period.

"I remember when she was supporting me, her debut album, 'Frank', came out and I said, `She's going to outsell every single one of us by millions and millions one day,' and it was a rare occasion when I was proved right.

"She was one of those people I was around who made me realise how much work I had to do, and still do. And she'd tell me that as well!"


Tags: Jamie Cullum - Amy Winehouse - Jimi Hendrix - Metallica - Nirvana - One Of Us - R Kelly - The Front - Woody Allen


More Jamie Cullum

UK Jazz Pioneer Stan Tracey Passes Away, Aged 86

Stan Tracey, the pioneering jazz musician often considered the 'Godfather of British jazz' by his contemporaries, has sadly passed away following a long battle with...

Jamie Cullum - You're Not The Only One Video

Jamie Cullum releases a video for 'You're Not The Only One'; his new track that features on his sixth album 'Momentum', released in May 2013...

Thrilled: Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum Welcome Baby 'Margot'

Model turned celebrity chef Sophie Dahl and husband Jamie Cullum say they are "completely thrilled" after welcoming their second daughter. The 35-year-old gave birth to...

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Gears Up For Fundraising Ball, Featuring Jamie Cullum

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is preparing for its first major fundraising event. Sky News report that the organisation is gearing up for the Amy Winehouse...


Baby No.2 On the Way for Sophie Dahl And Jamie Cullum

Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum are adding to their brood! The Mirror have pictured Sophie and Jamie together at the Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the...

Jamie Cullum - I'm All Over It Video

I'm All Over it video from Jamie CullumJamie Cullum's new single I'm All Over It will be released on 2nd November 2009 through Decca/Terrified Recordings,...

Jamie Cullum, Photograph, Video Stream Video

Jamie Cullum Photograph Video StreamJamie Cullum will be releasing his 3rd single Photograph from his gold-certified album 'Catching Tales' on May 1st through Universal Classics...



Jamie Cullum Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jamie Cullum

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All