Interview: Jeremy Loops

Jeremy Loops. Photo: Ben Brown

Jeremy Loops. Photo: Ben Brown

After a sellout show in London’s Electric Ballroom and a summer of international festivals, award winning Cape Town native Jeremy Loops is returning to the UK in support of his debut album: Trading Change. Boasting a wide range of influences and widely acclaimed live shows, we caught up with Mr Loops for a taster of what to expect.


How would you describe your music for any Loops virgins?

It’s a mixture of folk, hip hop, gypsy jazz and Balkan all in one. We call it modern folk for shorthand, but really it’s a mix of tons of influences and genres.


You’ve been touring relentlessly for the past year, what can fans expect from your UK shows in October?

All of our shows are high energy, interactive affairs. We don’t sing and play at people, we do it with them. We take that aspect of our shows seriously.


Your Trading Change album was partially written during a period at sea and you are on the road a lot. What influence, if any, do you think traveling has on your music?

Traveling has a big influence in my music in that new places and new people bring about fresh ideas and outlooks on life, and I draw inspiration from my experiences for my music.


We know you’ve been up to 3am working on new material – how is it shaping up? Any key differences/changes of direction you’ve already noticed?

Yeah, writing album 2 has been awesome. It’s some ways away still, so I don’t want to talk up its sound too much because who knows what the final product will be, but what I can say is we’re all really excited about the songs we’ve written and it’s been awesome approaching my songwriting from different perspectives.


We will be catching Jeremy Loops’ Brighton show at Concorde2 on October 22nd. Want to join us there? Get your tickets here.

Interview by Terri Witherden