Jon-Andre H. meets the man with the strange hats who has just been totally and completely synkronized...
It's lunch-time and fuelled by the excitement of his new album 'Synkronized', Jay Kay is jumping around like he has just won the National Lottery. Of course, he's done better than that. For the risks that the young whippersnapper from Ealing had to undergo to get where he is today
were far more hazardous than the acquisition of a onepound ticket from the local corner shop!
Jay freely admits to having to beg, steel or borrow in pulling his now legendary Jamiroquai band members together,
often living on the limit prior to the breakthrough of 'When You Gonna Learn', the acid jazz released retro-funk record that first
introduced Jay and his band of merry men to the world and sparked off a furious bidding war that led in their pacting with Sony's S2 offshoot and the resultant million selling debut 'Emergency On Planet Earth'. I've don all that dues paying bit..." he recalls. "I remember throwing
stones at this keyboard player's window and him being asleep all day and thinking, 'Fuck, my opportunity is going to pass me by'.
I know there are a lot of people out there whom I speak to and who do music. You can see they're at the point of giving up. I never did.
Instead, I said to myself, 'I'm not going to give it up. I just need people to hear this once'. But it was tough at times," he counters
with a wry smile. "CHIPS!" Endless amounts of chips, that's all I ate at one time. It was kinda cost-effective back then," he adds, with
more than a hint of irony. Like them or loathe them, Jamiroquai - the band - have made a unique impact on the modern music scene.
A fact that is borne out by their history. At the beginning of the nineties, the world was very much
caught up in the midst of a rabit, acid house frenzy - ecstasy, raves, the whole shebang.