Jake Bugg rushed second album to prove himself

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 November 2013
Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg wrote 'Shangri La' because he was worried he couldn't better his first album

Jake Bugg wrote 'Shangri La' because he was worried he couldn't better his first album.

The singer-and-songwriter followed up his self-titled debut collection with a new set of tracks just over a year after it was released in October 2012 because he wanted to prove himself.

On his reasons for writing 'Shangri La' on the road, he said: "Fear that I couldn't better my first record. I had to prove to myself that I could write songs that people enjoy, and that I can keep getting better. And I'm willing to do what takes to sell records. Whatever's necessary to maintain this."

Jake, 17, has also defended co-writing his tracks with professional songwriters, saying he wanted to learn from them.

Speaking to NME magazine, he added: "That's kind of the way it works now, because labels don't have a lot of money, so they want to be sure they have the best chance they can of making some [hits]. I was very sceptical about it at the time. But then I thought, 'Why not?' I'm only 17, I could probably learn a lot from these guys."

Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter peddling a folky country indie sound.

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