Soul-driven R’n’B pop outfit J & The Rest are J. Alexander, John Bird Jr, Louis Querelle and Ricky Russell. Based in London, they are gearing up to release debut EP, ‘4am Again’. We quizzed them on their year so far, and what’s come.
We made ‘4am Again’ with mischievous and mayhem in mind!
What was the musical highlight of 2016?
I think we’ll look back most fondly on all the awesome collaborations we managed to talk ourselves into!
Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
I think our main focus is always just get as much great music out and play as many shows as we possibly can. Kind of easy when you get to do what you love for a living.
What is your musical highlight of 2017 so far?
It’s hard to pick just one because there have been so many! We’ve played some awesome shows and we have even more in the pipeline, so The highlight is going to keep changing for sure.
Who are you excited to hear from in 2017?
We’re always really excited to hear from Frank Ocean, he’s a fantastic writer, but from over here in the UK we’re loving what Stormzy is achieving at the moment. Its great to see him smashing it so much.
Tell us about the record you have just released…
Our latest record ‘4am Again’ is about the moment of the night where you and your crew have just left the bar or club when it closes and you’re trying to decide if you want to look for an after party or if you’re going to call it a night. We made it with mischievous and mayhem in mind!
If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they be and why?
Pharrell Williams, Prince and D’Angelo - obviously because we can only hope to achieve their creative genius and massive accomplishments, but also because they all have crazy work ethic. They all have a renegade streak!
What inspired the record?
It was just inspired by raucous nights out to be honest! Too many stories have come out of them so it would be a crime not to write a song about that feeling of getting up to no good with the crew.
If the record were an animal, what animal would it be?
A Tasmanian Devil for sure! The cartoon version though!
Define your sound in five words.
Mischievous, funky, versatile, universal, vibes.
If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
Has to be Prince.
If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
I’d have to say “Untitled” by D’Angelo. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time.
Someone is making a film of your life, who will play you?
Lastly, tell us one thing you have never revealed in an interview.
I used to play the trumpet!
‘4am Again’ is out now. For news and tour dates go to the J & The Rest Facebook page.