Jack Savoretti aims to defy comparison with latest album
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“Every man with a guitar is called the new Bob Dylan,” says Jack Savoretti. “It’s become almost a joke between musicians now, if you haven’t been called it, you’re in the wrong business.”
Fortunately for the 30-year-old, he’s already had the comparison. It’s a curiosity that in an age with more singer-songwriters than ever before, critics remain insistent upon reducing them all to imitations of one man, especially when characters like Savoretti have such unique styles and stories to tell.
The Queens Park resident, who plays the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday, is now working on his fourth album, having risen to fame after being spotted by Corrine Bailey Rae back in 2006.
The troubadour spent his childhood travelling across Europe, with parents from Italian and Jewish-Polish descent, so his cosmopolitan style doesn’t sit comfortably in a folk genre – something he’s all too happy about, with influences like Broken Bells and Paul Simon.
“When I was around 15 or 16, I discovered a lot of classic artists, bands like Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
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“I wanted to write, but wasn’t a great writer, then I wanted to play guitar, but wasn’t great at that either. So I thought if I put the two together, they might distract from each other so no one noticed too much.”
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Since debut album Between the Minds however, both talents have obviously blossomed and led to songs like the soulful Soldiers Eyes racking up thousands of views after appearing on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Sons of Anarchy. On acoustic ballad Hate&Love, he even enlisted Sienna Miller for a duet after meeting her at the Groucho Club in London.
“Whenever I’ve toured, I’ve realised that Italian music for example is quite traditional, it likes to relive the sixties and loves a strong melody.
“In America they like solos and in Britain audiences like to hear something new; they want you to push the boat out a bit and sometimes you have to shout just to get them to pay attention.”
With Adele’s musical director Samuel Dixon teaming up to work with Savoretti on his new material, such a diverse approach could prove fruitful.
He finished 2013 supporting fellow “new Dylan” Jake Bugg on a UK tour, but this Tuesday could see the emergence of a truly individual artist.