Here is one of the blooming new artists at this year’s SPOT festival. A couple of days ago we even decided to included IAMJJ, or 23-year-old Jakob from Copenhagen, as one of the Must-See concerts this year. Therefore, when he and his band walked onto the stage we all sat there, silent and excited as small children outside of a soon-to-be opening candy store, without knowing what to expect. When a young debut artist is scheduled on the official SPOT program to perform in Store Sal – one of the biggest venues at SPOT16 – with only one official track released, then you show up, and you show up with an open mind to see what is going on.
After Store Sal was conquered by darkness, the venue went silent as never before. The venue was not filled to capacity, but then again, Store Sal is really a massive task for a debuting artist. What I experienced was the unknown son, vocal wise, of Tom Waits. More or less, Tom Waits in a good and youthful mood. Jakob has vocal skills within the lower ranges we have not experienced from a young Danish artist in years. Moreover, he entered the stage and performed with coolness and in a calm manner, which was not expected from such an inexperienced artist.
His competitive edge is, without a doubt, in the lower range, vocal wise, but his setlist featured new tracks from several vocalic ranges, which made it more or less a blurry affair. I am sure that this is an artist we will all know within months, but he still needs time. Give this guy time, and he will be a valuable asset to the Danish music industry when they head out to showcase Danish music at a foreign event. His musical style and magnificent band members will be suitable for charts all over Europe, but I sincerely hope that he will find his foothold with tracks that show his talented low-key voice.
When you do head out to see a future IAMJJ show, remember to watch the guitarist with the Stratocaster – he simply kicks ass with his style and performance. To sum up, we experienced a shooting star in Danish music, but with tracks from several genres, which made the full setlist at little blurry. However, tracks like ‘Bloody Future’ can (and will) be stuck in your head for days, break borders and become international hits – I am sure we experienced a soon-to-be chart breaker in Store Sal. Give them time and they will pay you back with massive interests.
IAMJJ, or 23-year-old Jakob from Copenhagen, has vocal skills within the lower ranges we have not experienced from a young Danish artist in years. His musical style and magnificent band members will be suitable for charts all over Europe, but I sincerely hope that he will find his sound with tracks that show his talented voice in the low range. Give them time and they will pay you back with massive interests. (4.5/6)