Jimmy Sweet is an American singer/songwriter who draws from a wide range of influences that range from Nick Cave and Pulp to Leonard Cohen. Jimmy Sweet has recently released his beautiful single "The Only One". "The Only One" features a lovely grand piano, a tear dropping quartet, huge choir-like background vocals, and a stunning emotional vocal performance that will have you swaying along and slow dancing with your partner.
Every detail of "The Only One" is full of high energy and beauty, there is a genuine raw sense of emotion that is expressed in every little element that perfectly comes together to paint an enchanting painting that everyone would want to have up on their wall. "The Only One" picks up into a giant anthemic masterpiece that compliments in energy to the downtempo first half of this record. Jimmy Sweets' vocals carry the soul of love and compassion in every lyric and we are loving every bit of it. This is one of those records that you just have to hear for yourself to understand how incredible it truly is.
Listen to "The Only One" here.
Hey Jimmy Sweet! Welcome to BuzzMusic! Your latest release "The Only One" has an incredibly strong emotion to it. What was the initial songwriting process for this like? How did the initial song transform into what it is now as a finished product? It’s a pleasure to be part of BuzzMusic. Thank you. As far as writing this song, I had the outro chorus written for months just going round and round in my head and couldn’t figure a way to start the song. I almost went for a spoken word poem in the beginning and thank god that idea never saw the light of day. Eventually the intro you hear today just came to me and voila.
Your music has a very modern sweet but familiar feel to it. What inspires you to go in the artistic direction you go in? We know that some of your influences range from Nick Cave and Pulp to Leonard Cohen, what makes them an influence for you? I tend to write sad songs, romantic songs, and love songs. I don’t know what it is, but melancholy music really makes me feel good. So I write what makes me feel good. Maybe it’s my therapy? When it comes to people like Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, and Leonard Cohen it’s the vocal delivery that really inspires me. It’s sleazy but sweet. That’s the best way I can explain it. We love hearing when artists and bands love to perform and bring on stage other musicians (love the live strings)! Is there a favorite aspect of your shows that you cherish the most? Are there any little tidbits that you learned after doing so many shows When I play live it’s a 12 piece band, sometimes a 13 piece band. There’s a lot going on up there.
Last year we did a residency in a Los Angeles club that had a catwalk about 15 feet above the audience for burlesque dancers and we didn’t have room onstage for the whole band, so the string quartet played up there. Those gals are brave. There is a lot of raw energy in "The Only One", what kind of personal connection do you have with the lyrics? What about the instruments being played? It’s really just a simple love song about the one that got away Not every song is personally attached to a moment in my life, but from time to time I try and write from someone else’s heartbreak and pain. Saves me the trouble.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
Well if the world doesn’t end I have a couple shows with Alan McGee (Creation Records, Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain) on July 1st at Viper Room in Los Angeles and July 4th at Bowery Electric in New York.
These shows were booked for April and had to reschedule. Here’s hoping life will be back to normality by then and the shows can go on and we can all finally rejoice.