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Interview:
Jake Bugg at the Majestic -- Three things to know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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At 22 Jake Bugg is hardly on old dog.

But the British singer, songwriter and guitarist did learn some new tricks on his third album, "On My One."

Bugg wrote all 11 tracks himself, with no co-writers and produced eight of them, with Jacknife Lee helming the other three. It's another new wrinkle in a rapidly advancing career that's brought him plenty of critical acclaim as well as prizes, including a prestigious Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award last year.

"On My One" debuted in the Top 5 in the U.K. after its mid-June release, and it's also brought him back to North America with a batch of new songs and the same steady resolve to keep building the buzz for Bugg...

Bugg hit the studio for "On My One" without much material ready. ""I was kind of writing as I was recording," he says. "On the previous two albums I'd worked with co-writers and stuff like that. On this album that wasn't the case; I thought I'd go hang by myself and see what happens, and that takes time. It took a bit of self-discipline, really, and realizing that sometimes writing songs isn't fun. Sometimes you have to work really hard on a song."

Bugg reveals that he did do some work recently with Mike D of the Beastie Boys out in Malibu, but none of that material made it onto the album. "Obviously he's a highly respected figure in the industry," Bugg says. "To get to jam with him and hang out and listen to loads of music was pretty cool. The experience itself definitely influenced me. I went back to my home town and wrote a couple more songs, so I'd like to think that was inspired by the experience with him."

While Bugg found the process of creating "On My One" intriguing -- and satisfying -- he's not yet predicting if he'll repeat it for the next album. "I want every record to be different," he explains. "I did this one this way, so if there's a way where it doesn't have to be a solitary experience like this one, yet all the songs are written just by me, that would be great. I always have little bits floating around and stuff; They're nice starting points in the studio, then one you get in there you see where they go."

Jake Bugg, Syd Arthur and Rival Summers

Wednesday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

Tickets are $25.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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