30 seconds interview: Jinnwoo

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Jinnwoo is a Leicester-born, Brighton-based songwriter whose music carries heartbreak and freak-folk hedonism in all the right places.

He’s only been letting the public in on his haunting melodies for the last two years, shyly slipping out spooked singles and EPs including Your Baby, Wicked Hare and Solo Man.

But everything to date has garnered him high praise, with Q, Clash, The Guardian, The Independent and For Folk’s Sake all getting behind his talents.

We caught up with him ahead of the release of his debut album, Strangers Bring Me No Light, on 2 September, to learn how inconvenient relationships are his biggest inspiration and Anne Briggs tops his wish-list of future collaborators…

I have been making music…
Forever, but I have only been brave enough to show people over the last few years.

My music is…
Dark confessional folk, with an indie/grunge influence.

You’ll like me if you listen to…
Freak folk.

My favourite venue is…
The Winemakers Club in Farringdon, London.

Music is important because…
It makes people do funny things like cry, sing, laugh or move around in strange ways.

My biggest inspiration is…
Inconvenient relationships.

My dream collaboration would be…
Anne Briggs, Laura Marling or Asaf Avidan.

To try me out, listen to my track…
Your Baby.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Sad and frustrated, and then I’d probably try and be a novelist and be bad at that too.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
More comfortable, having made more albums and owning a cat that doesn’t bite.


Upcoming gigs
2 September: The Harrison, Kings Cross, London
11 September: Blue Man, Brighton
17 September: Songs From the View, Leicester
23 September: George Tavern, London
24 September: The Bicycle Shop, Norwich
11 October: The Servants Jazz Quarters, London
16 October: The Hare and Hounds, Brighton (supporting Little Brother Eli)
25 October: The Servants Jazz Quarters, London (supporting Threaded)
30 October: The Servants Jazz Quarters, London
11 November: Bacon Street, London

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