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posted Friday, January 13, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 02
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Graffiti6 ready to make their mark

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

You've probably never heard of Graffiti6, and that's OK, because they're new. Not brand new, though. The English pop duo - Jamie Scott and Tommy D - has toured with Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys, aside from having several of their songs featured on American TV shows, including 'Stone in My Heart' (One Tree Hill, Teen Wolf), 'Free' (Suits, Football Wives), and 'Stare Into the Sun' (Grey's Anatomy) - the latter two are the first singles to be released from the band's forthcoming album, Colours. I caught up with Scott, who has written songs on the side for Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger, by phone in London as he was in the final stretch of launching Graffiti6's tour with Augustana. They'll perform January 21 at The Crocodile - visit www.thecrocodile.com for ticket information. Here's what the mighty cute Jamie Scott had to say when he strolled into The Music Lounge.

Albert Rodriguez: Graffiti6 are a relatively new band. Can you describe your sound?

Jamie Scott: We've been described as psychedelic Northern soul. I think that sums us up quite well. The only thing I would add to that is a lot of the songs started from a folk point of view and the collaboration is really the melting pot of folk music, where it meets Tommy's production.

Rodriguez: You'll probably have a Gay following.

Scott: I hope so. [Laughs.]

Rodriguez: Are you open to screaming fans, girls and boys?

Scott: Of course, man. & One of my biggest rushes is anyone that shows you adoration or is into your music and gives you that rush of being on stage. That is priceless. That could be anyone who comes and watches our shows, so I love that completely.

Rodriguez: Gay marriage is a huge issue here in the U.S. Is it, or has it ever been, an issue in your immediate community of school, friends, or neighborhood?

Scott: No, man. Not at all. I've never come across that issue with anything I've done.

Rodriguez: Have you ever been to Seattle?

Scott: I have, I've been twice actually. I can't remember where we played, but we played a few gigs out there. I actually really enjoyed it. It was a beautiful place.

Rodriguez: What's your overall impression of the U.S.? Do you think it's crazy, fun, boring, or all of the above?

Scott: The one thing that I really took from it, which I never would have expected, is how vast it is. Until we started touring around America, I never knew how big it is. To know you can fly on a plane four or five hours and be in the same side of the country is just amazing.

Rodriguez: Do you have a favorite U.S. city?

Scott: I'm a bit biased because I live in California, I live in Los Angeles. I love it there. But at the same time, I think my favorite place I've been to is Nashville. Nashville was something I actually loved for every reason - the songwriting there, the atmosphere, the history, it's amazing.

Rodriguez: Are there any artists you follow religiously?

Scott: In recent years, anything that Bon Iver does I actually love. Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, and Ryan Adams - I'm lucky enough to be on the same label as him, so I've been to a few of his gigs.

Rodriguez: Two of the bands you just mentioned have Seattle roots, Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses. Do you have a favorite Seatte artist from the many who've been bred here?

Scott: Having said them already, I'd say Fleet Foxes, because I think everything they do is genius.

Rodriguez: Who is your all-time favorite music diva?

Scott: I don't know whether you would call her a diva, but one of my favorites ever is Joni Mitchell. I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and was just in awe of everything she did, songwriting-wise, her guitar playing, everything. But recently, one of the saddest things that ever happened in music was the death of Amy Winehouse. Because she was the most original artist that has graced the planet for a long time, and I think she was absolutely amazing.

Rodriguez: After this tour with Augustana, are there plans to come back for a headlining tour?

Scott: We haven't got it on our diary yet, but that's obviously one thing we've got on our minds. We've got a few really big things happening in the next couple of months, so as long as everything goes well when the album comes out we want to be on our headlining tour, for sure.

Rodriguez: I'm sure you'll soon begin packing for your trip. How do you decide what goes into your suitcase?

Scott: Well, I'm quite lucky because I live in Los Angeles, so I just take all the stuff I've bought back. I wear tight jeans and baggy T-shirts, so I just put them in the bag. And, I love wearing track bottoms and boxers when I'm hanging out, like when we're driving. I don't have any suits and I only have one pair of shoes that are nice. I have a shirt and tie, if I need to go out, but that's about it.

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