Jesse Walton is a composer, singer-songwriter and musician based in London. Having spent his teenage years travelling the globe, Walton made a name for himself busking in the streets across Europe and America. His music features quivering vocals and catchy hooks that you can sink your teeth into. Masqueraded as folk songs, Walton gives us access to his own personal journal. With new track out, Into Light, Walton spoke with The Fountain about the new music.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Into Light?
It’s been a whirlwind. I had this track pinned as the lead single for a couple of years now so I when it first dropped it felt surreal. Having received so much amazing feedback on the tune it’s been nice to let go and just enjoy the thought that my new music is reaching some ears.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
An Indie Folk Ballad, featuring soft acoustic undertones, a clear narrative and a powerful chorus; making for easy but impactful listening.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Getting back to playing shows (fingers crossed)! Other than that I’m hoping to take some time out over summer to really get stuck into writing again, hopefully leading to the next album but who knows. I have plenty of ideas that need fleshing out but I need time and space for those ideas to develop properly. For me writing is a solitary process but it can be hard to find a moment amongst all the chaos of daily life, so I’m planning a trip somewhere nice and quiet for a couple of months to try and dig out a few creations.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
My favourite events to play are Sofar Sounds, mostly because they are perfect for acoustic/folk artists like me. They’ve taken me to some really cool places as the events are hosted in all kinds of weird and wonderful venues. Last one I did in 2019 was hosted in a private flower garden in Bristol – idyllic.
As well as that I’m really excited to get back on the festival circuit although it’s not looking likely now until 2022 (sad face). My favourite festival slot I played was the Tree House Stage at Shambala. I guess it’s just pretty cool playing up in the canopy and that festival in particular is really special. I also have a real soft spot for this pub in Shipley called The George and Dragon. They have a marquee set up in a field with a stage and chill seating areas (bean bags etc) where they host lovely events… I’ll definitely be going back there at some point – can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone looking to discover independent musicians.