Jamie Webster’s Crazy Rise From Electrician To Working Class Hero

0
36


For Liverpool singer-songwriter Jamie Webster, this is what he might call an 18-month “biblical”.He played in front of 60,000 fans at a Champions League fan park final event and was joined on stage by Jamie Carragher in one of his roof elevators.

He even lived the wildest dream of Liverpool FC fans when Jurgen Klopp invited him for beers after his 2-0 Champions League win over Tottenham last year.

And now he’s just finished recording his first album, which is not bad for a 26-year-old boy who was still working as an electrician until a year ago.

Jamie said, “This is something I have dreamed of since I was a child – to record and release an album.

“I’m looking forward to it, there’s a lot more than I thought.

“Until the lockdown, I was very busy, even though I didn’t think so at the time, it was also a blessing in disguise, it gave me a chance to get back in touch a bit.

“But now I miss playing again, I just miss it. In the last 18 months of my life, that’s all I’ve done. ”

After building a reputation for writing songs for Liverpool FC in support of Cast during their sold-out show at Liverpool O2 Academy last December, the past few years have seen a significant increase in Jamie’s profile.

He said, “If you told me three years ago that this is what I would do, I would laugh.

“But I’m pretty grounded, it’s not like I’m walking around like I’m Elton John. ”

“There are people who put you aside, but it’s not Beatlemania, people can identify me, especially Liverpool fans, they just see another fan.

“In terms of scousers when they see me and talk to me, they realize that I am a normal boy and say that it is the boss to see him do what he does.

“It’s like working class life, I’ve lived a working class life until now.

“I have lived the same life as everyone for ten years and my album testifies to it. ”

A few tracks from the upcoming album make it clear that Jamie has things to say about his own politics.

He said, “There are a few searches among the Conservatives and that side of things, and I say things about it on the album.

“I am not the only one who thinks these things, people from all over the city and all over the country think these things.

“People can be abandoned by the system and by society. This is not to ignore the warning signs.



Jamie Webster recorded his first album at historic Parr Street studios

“I just judge my politics by what I know and by what I have seen and experienced, and I definitely lean to the left.

“We know in Liverpool what it’s like to be dismissed, abandoned and abandoned.

“We had to fight hard as a people and as a city to get back to where we belong. ”

Despite the pride he has in his own city, Jamie believes that being “Scouse” is as much a state of mind as it is a place and that the divisions between the people of Liverpool and Manchester are not all that they are supposed to be.

He said, “If someone overseas asked where I was from, I would say Liverpool before I say something else.

“But I met a lot of Man United fans when I was in Australia.

“We couldn’t have been more like-minded and we had a laugh.

“I think we are very similar and very different at the same time.

“I think our humor is the same, we both like to take p *** very much.

“You see groups of Scouse and Manc guys – probably what they’re going to do is snatch their backs from one of their comrades.

“The clobber might be a little different and the hairstyles and they might talk a little different, but what they say is quite similar.

“I think it’s the same with the people of Glasgow, Newcastle, Dublin and Belfast – they’re all justifiably proud of where they come from. ”

Despite his meteoric rise in the past two years, Jamie told ECHO that his goal was to create music and has not succumbed to the temptations that may come from a newly discovered celebrity.

However, he was disappointed to miss Glastonbury after being canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said, “Every year I look forward to going there – it’s an incredible experience.

“All my friends are in a field and you have the best time, but it’s not something that comes up every day.

“When I sing every day, you can’t take out 20 pints and 40 ciggies, it’ll just knock your throat out.

“When I was younger, it was just something you did, go out, get fucked, take X, Y and Z.

“Now I find that when I go out I enjoy it a lot more than when I did it every week. The thrill has dissipated. ”

“I don’t have to be Mick Jagger or that talking and talking drug machine.

“But I’m not boring but I’m not Elbow at the same time. ”

Although he is not quite ready to settle down, Jamie says that when he goes out these days it is usually for special occasions and that he was happy to tell us his favorite places in the city.

He said, “I like the attic, there are normally good DJs in there.

“The merchant is also a good place – not too many tough cases looking to fight you, just nice people having fun.

“There are also constellations in the Baltic. Places with a fresher vibe like Kitchen Street. This is where you will tend to find me. ”

Jamie’s first album, “We Get By”, is due out on Friday August 21 under the Modern Sky label.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here