Jim Jagger Sends Motivational Message In His Latest Single ‘Memories of Spring’

Jim Jagger also joined forces with Rien De Keyser from Houndshaul to create the duet Cloudshapes, a British singer-songwriter-composer combo. With at least 20 years in the music business, Jim has released several  EPs on streaming services.

During our conversation, he graciously allowed me to debut his most recent single, “Memories of Spring.”

While she had it all, she was lacking in self-confidence and was going through a bad patch in her life. Memories of Spring is all about savouring the good times and enduring the bad.

What is your real and official showbiz name?
Jim Jagger. I’m also in the duo Cloudshapes with Rien de Keyser

How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
32 years. I grew up in a musical family; inherited the family guitar from my Mum aged 5 and have enjoyed writing music since a young age. My folks owned a music studio in London and my Mum even did some recording work for Cliff Richard at one point.

What were your first projects and the people you worked with and which year?
I wrote a lot with my sister when we were young. Then started writing on my own and with friends. My first published project was a solo EP, which was produced with a friend of the family. This is where I first realized the work that goes into producing a radio-ready track.

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
As cheesy as it sounds, I feel inspired by the love of God and by all of creation. My personal hope is that I can be a vessel to bring a message of love, joy and compassion through musical expression.

Whatever music and lyrics are given and whatever impact they have, I hope they will help people in a positive way. I feel deeply that I have been summoned, to ‘beat the drum loudly in the community, and so we shall see what opportunity comes next that will enable me to continue to do that.

Btw on this topic, 50% of the lifetime earnings of this song will go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association to fund vital research to find a cure for this horrendous disease. I have also taken this approach with other tracks I have written in order to raise money for other charities that are doing vital work to help people displaced by war, and suffering as a result of climate change.

What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
About a year and a half ago I began to focus on music full time. Before this, I worked several roles in strategic research and insight and then managing brands and products in multinational FMCG companies.

I realized I wasn’t having the amount of positive impact I wanted to have in that career and the stress was damaging me mentally and physically. So when I quit and moved from a very safe high powered well paid position into a role as a full-time musician that was hard for some people in my family to swallow.

However they have always believed in my music, more than I have myself even, and they’ve all come round to the idea now. I’ve been very lucky to have their support.

I realized the only way I’ll ever be fully happy is by doing what I love, and doing God’s work to impact people positively through the unique creative ability I’ve been given. Money is necessary, but irrelevant to true happiness after a point.

Jim Jagger Sends Motivational Message In His Latest Single 'Memories of Spring'
Jim Jagger Sends Motivational Message In His Latest Single ‘Memories of Spring’

What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Unless you get lucky or have a door opened for you in order to get lots of listens with a big hit, you can live a very poor hard life as a musician. I am fortunate to have a loving and powerful wife who can support my direction, even if things are A LOT tighter financially.

The challenge for me is how to accelerate the process of getting the music to people’s ears in a meaningful way. The fact that you are interviewing me now is extremely helpful in that regard as it allows me to share why I do what I do with people who enjoy my music. There may be some who decide to listen to it as a result.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Without a shadow of a doubt, there are now lots of opportunities for independent artists to create some success. Having said that, massive labels have the money and the reach to put behind what they support.

However, there are so many independent artists who are able to start up their own labels and do the same, so I think it’s even more competitive.

Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Watch videos on how to build your own music studio, slowly build up decent quality gear from birthdays and Christmases, and learn how to professionally produce and master yourself. That’s where the cost is.

Take the cost out and you can translate your creativity on your own schedule, whenever it comes to you into finished songs without being limited or controlled by other people’s creative direction. Also, partner up and help other musicians by supporting their careers, in turn, they might support you too.

What is your current project about?
I was raising money for the Motor Neuron Disease Association by doing an Ultra Marathon. Several people gave me extremely generous donations of over £100. Following this, I wanted to do something nice for those people so I offered to write a song about a topic of their choice.

A friend told me she wanted a song for her friend (selfless), as she was going through some tough times and suffering from a loss of confidence. Sometimes it’s hard to see our own strength/resilience/success even though others see it; the shade can hide the light and the shadows move.

To get back to a better place, as hard as it seems, sometimes we need to flip our mindset on its head, focus on what we love and not lament on the bad times and weather the storm until we can find peace again.

What does this song mean to you?
You can probably see how this song would mean a lot to me as well as to the person it was written for. When I heard about the impact it had on the person it was written for, I was deeply moved. It allowed me to see why I was given the ability to write in the first place.

What are your hobbies?
I like creating things. I am building a wind turbine in my spare time at the moment. I’m also finishing a website for Music Wrapped. I like gardening, growing things is great. My wife and I are really trying hard to have a positive impact on the environment and grow our own food sustainably. I’m also a father of 2 so that’s more than a hobby. Sport-wise I play a bit of five-a-side football.

What do you do aside from this profession?
99% Music, wouldn’t have it any other way now.

I’ve also launched a business called Music Wrapped, which allows customers to commission the writing of a tailored song e.g. for their fiancée, for a big birthday, for a new work arrival, or if you want your own theme tune…any reason at all really.

I’m hoping that will give me a little income and drive my purpose more. It’s on Facebook at the moment; I need to finish building the website.

What is one message you would give to your fans?
Love this world and the people in it as much as you can. Regardless of how fallible and weak we are at times, we are always strong when we love.

MrrrDaisy is the Owner of Music Arena Gh.  As a graphic designer, blogger and social media expert, he is a confident and creative designer who is self-motivated, self-sufficient and comes to you with a strong background in both print and digital media. He currently lives and studies Digital Media at Nottingham College, United Kingdom.

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