45 meets: JIM NOIR
It’s been a long two years since the cult Mancunian Multi-instrumentalist Jim Noir delivered his last record, Jimmy’s Show, and even longer since he’s committed to a full UK tour. However, back he is and sounding positively rejuvenated with a fourth album that swells with the 60s inspired sounds of Big Star and The Beatles on the wonderfully titled, Finnish Line. 45 Magazine caught up with Jim to discuss his finest album to date, his love of comedy and his home-coming show at Manchester Soup Kitchen this week (27th November).
It feels like it’s been a long time – what have you been up to in your break from music Jim?
Various life things. Moving in, moving out, making up, breaking up. I’ve never really been that far away from music and I have released an EP of electronic music under a pseudonym, and recorded a lot of new music with my friend Leonore from the Soundcarriers that should see a release sometime next year. Also wrote a couple of songs for hot new hip hop nutters Burgundy Blood.
The new album ‘Finnish Line’ is full of swelling 60s sounds – who or what was a big influence in the making of this record?
Well the obvious one is there to hear but none of it is that conscious. I suppose I always write with a memory of a favourite record or sound in my head from years ago. I’d say that I’m usually listening to something completely different than what I’m writing so as not to be inspired too directly. I bloody love Telex at the minute.
Beatles or Stones?
Oh definitely Beatles. I don’t really know much about the Stones. I’m sure i’ll get some of their albums one day and enjoy them. I like all the singles and stuff i’ve heard but theres something a bit dafter about the Beatles that I was attracted to when I was younger. Still like anything silly now.
For the first time on this record, you’ve made the move from Davyhulme bedroom to Andcoats studio space. What are the pros and cons of each do you reckon?
Well I’ve moved studios (bedrooms) about 8 times since my folks house in Davyhulme, but I much prefer this way of working and I cant believe its taken me so long to realise this. Mainly its just drums. I would have used a lot of drum programming and other more neighbourly techniques on my old stuff, but this is the first time I’ve really been able to whack my drums and pump up the bass. Really wish id have done this a long time ago.
Your music has been on a number of adverts and TV-related items. Have you ever been asked to have your music used on something you really weren’t comfortable with?
I don’t think i’ve ever been consulted really. If I had my way I probably would have said no to everything but I was told this would not be beneficial to my career. At least this is what my manager shouted as he drove past in his Ferrari whilst chucking a couple of free tubes of Anusol at my head.
You’re known as being a big fan of comedy. Who would you recommend to music fans who don’t know their comedy so well?
That is correct. All sorts really. Limmy / Tim and Eric / look around you / Adam and Joe all get pretty heavy rotation. Older stuff like Police Squad / Peter Cook and Dudley Moore / python / do not adjust your set, also very important.
Did you ever consider a career as a comedian?
No, they are insane.
You’ve just embarked on an 8 date UK tour. Where are you most looking forward to playing and why?
We’re starting in Glasgow on the 19th. I’m looking forward to them all really as I haven’t left my flat for about 6 months. Plus I’ve never been to Southampton. Is it nice?
Your final show is at Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s NQ. Do you think this could turn into a bit of a family do? Anything special planned?
We’re still trying to think up our spectacular show as we speak but we have bought some balloons and I was thinking we might draw some faces on them if we can afford the marker pens. Money is tight but I can guarantee it will be something like a mixture between Pink Floyd and Jean Michael Jarre.
And finally, Taylor Swift this week removed all of her music from Spotify stating that she was “not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators”. Do you agree with her actions?
Well I’ve been struggling to get my music ON Spotify over the years so now everyone is taking theirs down, I feel a bit behind the times. I think the Taylor Swift’s quote could just apply to the entire internet because it has ruined the world and it needs to be stopped.
Thanks for your time Jim and good luck with the rest of the tour!
Jim Noir will be calling in at:
Nov 24 BRIGHTON The Hope
Nov 25 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Nov 26 LONDON Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Nov 27 MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
Watch the video for current single “Broadway Jets” by Jim Noir.