by Will Lavin Contributor | Photos by Wenn

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Jack Garratt talks Janet Jackson, film scores & his diversity in music comment

The 2016 Critics Choice Award winner also discusses his recent 'BYSKB v2m2' demo


Jack Garratt interview Reading Festival debut album Phase Gallant Photo: Wenn

Ever since winning the Critics' Choice Award at this year's BRITs all eyes have been firmly fixed on singer/songwriter/producer Jack Garratt. Following up a big 2015 with an even bigger 2016, the release of his debut album, Phase, back in February well and truly signaled his arrival on music's main stage. 

Infamously commenting on the current lack of diversity at Award ceremonies such as The BRITs this year whilst at the show itself, Garratt brought a conversation that was already being had to a much bigger audience. Listing the likes of Little Simz, Krept & Konan, and Stormzy as artists he feels should have been represented at The BRITs, his words resonated with a lot of people. Revisiting his initial comment, Garratt sat down with Gigwise to explain how it all came about and whether or not he thinks things have changed since.

During the interview backstage at Reading Festival, he also touched upon his itchy Twitter fingers, his love of film scores, and Janet Jackson, following a recent cover of the singer's song 'I Get Lonely' with rising soul star Gallant. 

Will Lavin


“Music is life,” says Hip Hop Music & Lifestyle Specialist Will Lavin. A sentiment permanently inked into his skin with a full sleeve of tattooed musical icons that includes Prince, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Inspired by music at an early age and donning the name ill Will, he has written for UK publications such as Blues & Soul, Touch, Undercover, RWD, Gigwise, MOBO, Soul Culture, Time Out, and the International Business Times, as well as the American mags VIBE, XXL, King, and Complex. Interviewing names such as Chaka Khan, Akon, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Robin Thicke and Chris Brown - to name but a few - he was also a part of the BBC's Sound of the Year polls in 2007 and 2008 and is a music pundit for SKY News, BBC World News and Channel 5 News.

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