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A brief chat with Jesse Marchant


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Canadian singer/songwriter Jesse Marchant has been playing under the name JBM for some years, but he reverted to his full name for last year’s self-titled album. He has a new video out for the “Words Underlined” song (starring Amanda Seyfried – see below), and he’s at the Lost Lake Lounge in May. We had a good chat. C

Yellow Scene: Why did you choose last year to put out a self-titled album?

Jesse Marchant: I don’t know. I hadn’t thought a lot about the JBM stuff when I started making records. After a while, it started to feel like it was an unnecessary sort of disguise of what I was doing. I figured I’d be making records for a long time so I might as well just start naming them who I actually am. The JBM stuff was just my initials anyway. This record felt particularly comfortable in it’s skin, so it made sense to have it be self-titled and be in my name.

YS: What is the new song, “Words Underlined,” about?

JM: I’m reluctant to really say what a songs about because I feel like it spoils it for people, but I guess it’s just about several people in a period of time where there was just a lot of people being hurt by one another. A lack of acknowledgement of whatever.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

JM: Yeah, I’ve played in Denver before. I’ve had good experiences there. I’ve never really had that much time to spend there, unfortunately. I can’t remember exactly the last time I was there, but whenever I think back on Colorado, I get a good feeling. I’m looking forward to being there again.

YS: What are your plans for the set?

JM: I’m playing with my band, and we’ll be playing a lot of the new record. We have a few songs from the first record that we mix in there. We have a nice light rig that we take out that my brother designed for me. The set’s pretty dynamic, because there are a couple of songs that are extroverted. I’ve never played in Denver with a band, I’ve always played solo. It’ll be something different this time.

YS: After this tour, what’s next?

JM: I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m planning it as I go along. It’s always last minute with me. I might do some more touring, and play in Europe. I’ve been writing a little bit lately, so I might complete some stuff I’ve been working on. I don’t think I’ll be making another record for a little while, but I’m always working on things and waiting on them to come together.

Jesse Marchant plays at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 at the Lost Lake Lounge; 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-333-4345; $8-$10.

Author

Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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