Nothing can stop Portsmouth indie-popper Jerry Williams. The rapid-rising singer-songwriter’s spate of sugary guitar-driven tunes sound like they were specially designed to soundtrack the dog days of summer. With the 22-year-old set to bring her giddy live show to CloseUp Festival 2018 – a pick n mix of exciting new music at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – we spoke to her about her origins and influences.
How did you start out in music?
“I don’t know, haha. I’ve always loved music and songwriting and I guess it just naturally worked its way into my life. Music started out as a hobby and has eventually turned into a full-time venture, which is crazy! I guess I’ve just gone with the flow, even though I’ve always had an extreme ambition to be a songwriter. I’ve stayed true to me.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Indoor Pets, Slow Club, Lauran Hibberd, The Vaccines and Alvvays.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“Lauran Hibberd is so good. Her storytelling and lyrics are so refreshing and every song is just a winner. She’s super cool and lovely off stage too. I just think she’s amazing.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Jerry Williams?
“New music! I’ve been writing so much and haven’t released anything for ages. I’m itching to get music out there as I’m so proud of all the stories I’ve written about and the new bandy vibe. I can’t wait for that.”