30 seconds interview: Joe Stilgoe

JoestilgoforwebJoe Stilgoe must love the stage. With more than 100 gigs under his belt already this year, he’s just lined up another string of shows for December.

Fresh from his performance at the London Jazz Festival, the sharp songwriter and able pianist is gearing up for two nights at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s bar in London next week followed by a trio of Christmas shows around the country.

And, with a clutch of material spanning two critically acclaimed albums We Look to the Stars and I Like This One, Joe has plenty to fill his sets with.

Jazz chart-topping We Look to the Stars was recorded by Grammy-nominated producer and engineer James McMillan (Everything But The Girl, Whitney Houston, Van Morrison) in his Hastings studio.

It won Joe a whole new legion of fans on its release last summer and picked up some notable support from celebrity fans including Tim Minchin, Chris Evans, Christian Louboutin and Sir Michael Parkinson. The young musician has since been compared to Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum.

We spent 30 seconds with him to find out about his rise from able musician to household name…

I first started writing music because…
I spent a lot of time sitting at the piano. I quite like the infinite monkeys and Shakespeare saying. It was bound to happen. Oh, and because I was in a band when I was 10 and we only knew one other song (Wipeout) so we had to write some. Cup of Cocoa was quite the hit at school…

I have been making music since…
I was five. I began with reticent banging of fists on a piano. My first song came when I was seven. My brother still remembers it.

My music is…
Nostalgic but not wallowing, fun, happy, whimsical, sad, evocative, lyricy (not lyrical, I think), energetic and filmic.

You’ll like me if you listen to…
Harry Connick, Nat King Cole, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, ELO, Sinatra, or watch Nora Ephron/Woody Allen/Frank Capra films.

My favourite venue is…
Ronnie Scott’s, London.

Music is important because…
It solves everything.

My biggest inspiration is…
My wife. Biggest influence is Cole Porter.

My dream collaboration would be…
Living: Stevie Wonder. Not living: Nat King Cole.

To try me out, listen to my song…
We Should Kiss.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Listening to it.

In 10 years time I want to be…
Better, wiser, immune to reviews.

Upcoming tour dates:
5 and 6 December – Ronnie Scott’s, London
7 December – with Claire Martin at Wigmore Hall, London
9 December – Princes Foundation for Children & The Arts Carol Concert at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, London
12 December – with Alexander Armstrong, Court Theatre, Tring.

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