Welcome to our first interview! And right off the bat it´s a big one. Jamie Alimorad is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from LA and it is an honor to have his latest song Give A Little Lovin' in our playlist The Best of PlaylistSubs.
Jamie Alimorad has already accomplished a lot. After releasing two albums - Cornerstone and Words Left Unsaid - he went on a nationwide tour, visiting such cities as Las Vegas or New York. An immense success of the albums and the tour led to the music video for a single "Beautiful". This music video has received more than 2 million views on YouTube.
Watch Jamie Alimorad - Beautiful here:
Among other things, Jamie Alimorad worked together with two GRAMMY-nominees songwriters and producers (Gino Vannelli and Ross Vannelli), he had two singles in the New Music Weekly TOP 10 (Not Ready To Say Goodbye and Brighter Days) and received GRAMMY consideration himself. It´s an absolute privilege to have an interview with him. Enjoy!
What music have you been listening to lately?
My two favorite albums of the past year have been John Mayer's 'Sob Rock,' and 'An Evening With Silk Sonic.' Love hearing those sounds, and great to see them in the mainstream.
What got you into music?
I was born into a musical family, so music was everywhere. I didn't know any different. My dad would always introduce me to an artist or song that he liked, and almost always I would get hooked, and want to know everything about them. When I was 7, I started taking piano lessons, and singing in the church choir. I was on my way.
Can you tell us what you're working on at the moment?
Throughout the second half of 2021, I was in the studio with my producer, Ross Vannelli, working on new material. Throughout 2022 I'll be releasing a string of singles, and at this point, thinking I'll put them into a collection when I feel we've reached the end of the project. For indie artists, it's hard to do the traditional album now, with how the algorithms work.
What would you do if there was no music?
If there was no music, I think we wouldn't exist. There's music in everything, so I feel without, there's no life.
What are your other interests besides music?
Video games, baseball, and history. I love playing Nintendo with family and friends. Laughing, competing, working together, it's a feeling that I can't get enough of. I'm a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, and that passion is abundant. History is my favorite subject, and even if you think you know it all, you're missing something. That fascinates me.
What period in history do you find the most interesting?
Hands down the Age of Enlightenment. I believe that's where the roots of our modern society sprout. As an American, that of course is when my country is born. The pursuit of knowledge obtained by reason, empiricism, these revolutionary ideas that challenged the status quo of centuries. It's fascinating. Incredible minds.
Listen to Jamie Alimorad - Give A Little Lovin' here:
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dogs > Cats
What is your favourite book?
The Disaster Artist (Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell). I've never laughed so hard reading anything!
What is your favourite movie/TV show?
Movie - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. TV show - Suits.
What question do you have no answer to?
If I knew that answer, all the world's problems would be solved, and everyone would understand one another.
Who would you like to meet in person and why?
Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr. It's hard to choose between the two. I grew up loving Shining Time Station, so before he was a Beatle, Ringo was Mr. Conductor. There's that part of me that would be all wide-eyed just because of that. As a singer and songwriter, I think we all know why I'd want to meet Paul.
Before he gain fame as the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr played Mr. Conductor in children's television series Shining Time Station.
If you met your future self, what would you ask?
Who are all the pro sport team champions from now until then?
And what would you say to your past self?
These are all the champions for the next x amount of years. Put your allowance on them.
Listen to Jamie Alimorad - Give A Little Lovin' here:
What was the happiest moment in your life?
I've been blessed to have many happy moments. I don't think I could pick just one. There have been times where it was pure bliss, so any of those.
Could you pick one of your Top 20 happiest moments?
I used to be a competitive martial artist. I competed in the AAU Junior Olympics four times. In my second JO's, we did a team competition. If you've seen the latest season of Cobra Kai, imagine the new rules to the All Valley. If you haven't, think of it like a synchronized swimming, but with Tae Kwon Do. From the day my team was put together, I said we were going to win gold. We trained religiously. Every day, for hours. I drove us to do a little bit better each time. On competition day, not only did we step up, but we dominated. I'm not sure if the record still stands, but it was the highest scoring team ever. It's one of those moments I reflect on that if you set out to do something, you'll do it. No excuses. No slacking off. If you feel it. Do it. Easy Top 20 happiest.
If everyone in the world listened, what would you say?
Do the work. Whatever that is - on yourself, your job, your family, your life. If you're happy with yourself, that's all that matters, and the world will be a better place for it.
Is it hard to get some attention as an artist?
I think if you want attention, you can always get some, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily good. If you dress wild, or have some sort of visual gimmick, it will put eyeballs on you, but I find that many times those acts can't back it up with skill. To get attention with a new release, or a concert, it really takes careful planning. You can't just put something out there and expect people to hear it, or buy a ticket. It's a very oversaturated market.
What would you like to say to your fans?
I greatly appreciate everyone that listens to, and shares my music, and comes to my shows. These past few years have been hard on everyone, and I hope my music has been able to provide a light. I'm really excited about the music coming out this year. It was a blast to record, and I hope you'll like it just as much, if not more.
What are you looking forward to?
I have a good feeling about this year. Stand tall, keep your head up, and things will go well.
Do you have something you want to say, but no one ever asked you?
Oh absolutely! There are so many things. I even wrote an album about that very thing.
Thank you! - PlaylistSubs
Listen to the album Words Left Unsaid by Jamie Alimorad here:
PlaylistSubs Talk #1 - Interview with Jamie Alimorad