Coming together to “inject fun and colour into people’s lives”, Jonathan Hall (vocals, guitar, trumpets and keys) and Chris Le Mottee (bass) formed the boundary-breaking duo Jaymotts. Building on their previous EP and singles, the UK-based pair recently released their smile-inducing funk-rock album Jamboree. We speak with Chris Le Mottee about their new album, new bands, being a musician and much more.
OSR: How did Jaymotts come together?
Le Mottee: It was a gift from the pandemic! Jonathan and I were on a video call with friends a couple of months into the first lockdown – around April 2020. We were keen to try something musical to keep ourselves entertained. I recorded some funky basslines to drum loops and sent them over. A few days later Jonathan had put guitars on it and it sounded great – so that was the start of it! The name came a couple of months later – it’s a loose play on our names.
OSR: What is the backstory to Jamboree?
Le Mottee: After the Stars of Cheese EP, and then a couple of singles, we were torn about what to do next. The modern way seems to more and more singles, but we’re quite old-school and wanted the satisfaction of an album. The songs were written as a continuation of the EP and singles, we just didn’t stop writing, it was a very prolific period. As the songs came together we could clearly tell that the name and artwork needed to be celebratory and fun. Jamboree seemed to fit that perfectly.
OSR: What do you hope people take from Jamboree?
Le Mottee: We hope that people smile whilst listening to Jamboree. It’s fun, frivolous and full-on funk!
OSR: Which is your favourite and least favourite songs from the album?
Le Mottee: That’s a really hard question. My personal favourite is ‘Wet Tiger’ – it has a bit of everything and the bassline is very enjoyable to play. Closely followed by ‘Calm Yourself Terry’, that is one we were particularly proud of as a song that has a great narrative and very interesting musicality. I can’t pick a least favourite, I’m honestly thrilled with all 15 tracks. The album is so long because we couldn’t find anything to cut!
OSR: If you could change one thing about the album, what would it be?
Le Mottee: Only that we hadn’t got CDs made, no one buys them!
OSR: What inspires you to make music?
Le Mottee: We have both been born and bred on music. It would have been inconceivable for us to not have picked up instruments in our early teens. Music is simply a part of our make-up, so I think that’s what inspires us to make music.
OSR: What is the most exciting part of being a musician?
Le Mottee: With tongue-in-cheek, it has to be the poverty, scrapping around to get on playlists, spending a small fortune on Facebook Ads to get a dozen more likes. It’s living the dream!
OSR: If you weren’t making music, what career would you have chosen?
Le Mottee: ? I know for a fact I’d be a Compliance Manager because that’s what I do to pay the mortgage.
OSR: Can you recommend any new bands for our readers?
Le Mottee: Yes, a couple spring to mind. Mr No Face are good friends of ours. Their brand of indie-rock music is great and Jen, the singer, has an amazing voice, very powerful and also unique. Another one to mention is Mulholland Jive. It’s piano-driven funky stuff – really, really good.
OSR: Are there any future plans for Jaymotts?
Le Mottee: Yes, lots! We want to get to playing live; we’re looking for a second guitarist if you know of any? Other than that, we have lots more songs to bring to the world so perhaps we’ll do another album.