It's only been about 12 years since Jamie Woon picked up a guitar and started writing songs, but he's progressed from his days of being a fan of Brit-pop, and his current work has been classified as sobstep, dubpop, and lovestep, or simply "the new pop music."
"At the heart of what I do is R&B, it's groove-based vocal-led music, and I try to sing about things that are close to my heart and that matter to me," says Woon
. His sound
has garnered a lot of praise, including placing 4th
in The Sound of 2011
, the annual British music industry poll. More of Woon's background and music inside.
Jamie is the son of celtic singer
and backing vocalist
, Mae McKenna
, and nephew to Hugh McKenna (aka The Professor)
and Ted McKenna
of glam-rockers The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Jamie Woon started playing guitar at age 15, and wrote his first song the next year
, then inspired by Radiohead. Woon was a student at London School for Performing Arts & Technology
, which is often called the BRIT School, around the same time as Amy Winehouse (Woon opened for her, once, in 2008, though it sounds like a chance connection
rather than school chums re-uniting).
Woon's first single is a song called "Robots
," officially released in 2007, but Archive.org has a version from 2004
, which shows more of the singer-songwriter and Brit-pop influences. His first video, "Wayfaring Stranger
", is also from 2007, but features a more haunted sound, composed of layered vocals. The style would become his signature, as seen in his second music video
, for his song "Spirits," and this live cover of Robyn's "Every Heartbeat."
For a more polished look at Woon playing guitar and singing, here he is playing his own track "Missing Person,"
live in a corn field. These last three clips come from 2008.
"Wayfaring Stranger" was Woon's second single
, including Burial Remix
and Stitch Remix
of the title track, and an acoustic version of "Gravity"
(which would be reworked for Woon's debut album
, but we'll get there in a moment). This came out in 2007, and in 2009 Jamie collaborated with another "post-dubstep" producer Subeena
on her track "Solidify
In 2010, Woon released "Night Air
" (video) on his own Candent Songs
label, which is (thus far) home to Jamie alone. "Lay Luck
" (official video, alternative video
) came out in 2011, ahead of his debut album, Mirrorwriting
(streaming on MySpace
), which featured production from Burial, who was credited as William Bevan, "because if Burial was on the tracks it would have sounded very different."
(Tangent: Woon credits Burial with his broader success, in this 2010 Fact Mag interview
, due to Burial's mix of "Wayfaring Stranger" in 2007.) The second single from the album is now out, featuring "Slowburning
" as a b-side track.
More videos and audio available on Jamie Woon's YouTube channel