J8T is a 36 year old session drummer (Jonny Aitken) committed to building a body of work as an artist to capture the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ stories that happen everyday.
WHAT DOES HE SCRIBBLE ABOUT?
lust, despair, redemption, wanting it all, having it all, losing it all, being young, getting old, rejection, fear, pain, depression, love, selling your soul to the devil, , tv, religion, sex, not getting sex, marriage, divorce, working for a living, h8, money, the reason for life….and not giving up.
'They told me not to give up the day job, so I didnt. I tried stopping playing music once… very bad idea… i find life extremely dull and pointless to live without music, but still fascinating to watch and write about…'
Office worker, single father, a debt hung round his neck, worries, lost loves, unrealised dreams, broken promises, crazy ideas, crazier ex girlfriends, overdue child support payments and missing roylaties flapping round his feet… as he stumbles, sometimes winning, sometimes losing into his chaotic, but never dull future. Ask around, there are stories.
'music is like therapy… and it connects you with complete strangers in the most intimate way. Its also a great way to make public apologies for frustrating the hell out of people or letting, people down. Which sadly individuals who believe in 'Rock n Roll' seem to be extremely adept at doing'
THERE ARE 5 MILLION BANDS ON MYSPACE. SOUNDS LIKE?
J8T echoes an old, messed up, middle class jamie T if he hadnt got a record deal so young and was from the East Midlands, an acid drenched badly drawn boy (possibly on crystal meth) hints of tapes and tapes, the beta band and an english chuck prophet (if he played the drums), Dinosaur Jr and lots of people say ‘Beatles’. Jonny would really like to say ‘Beck’, but it’s a tenuous link.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
The songs are all about you. Some of them are free, look online, some of them are for sale because it costs money to do this stuff. No one can stop you making music, but its just a hobby if no one buys it. Jonny 8 Track is sort of an evangelist without a religion, doesnt matter who you are, no one knows what you’ve been through to get here, the idea is you feel better about who you are after you listen, or have something nice to hum along to, its your music, after all.
SKIP TO THE END…
Jonny would like every day to feel like Friday, and to never have to pretend to be anyone but himself. Also to never have to lie about his age to try and trick people in the media industry.
He would happily be the new Phil Collins. Yes. Phil Collins. The guy has sold 100 million albums for goodness sakes.