New single released by Town fan Jimi Raine with new album set for February release
So, Jimi, the burning question is why Ipswich Town when you’re not from the area?
It’s all through my dad really, he got me into Town. He played in the youth team here that won the league and cup double in 1975, playing alongside great players like John Wark amongst others. He got released not long after that by Sir Bobby Robson and after a spell at Portsmouth, he eventually quit football. But I still looked out for Ipswich and the love affair was born. My first game was an FA Cup tie at Anfield and I must have only been about six years old. I’ve always been a Town fan, despite never living in the area. I grew up in Reading and I now live in North London, but I get to Portman Road whenever I can.
You’ve been a dedicated fan for some time now, is there any particular game or memory that stands out for you?
Well it’s got to be winning the 2000 Play-Off final against Barnsley, which was just an awesome day. I think if you can guarantee winning promotion at Wembley then that is the way to do it, there’s something extra special about doing it that way. I remember I went with my dad and my granddad and it was just an amazing day out. Another memory I have is my first game at Portman Road. We played Millwall and Alex Mathie scored as we drew with them. That meant that they were relegated and they proceeded to pretty much trash the place! As a young lad I just kept my head down and kept walking! Then, of course, there were the Play-Off games under Joe Royle. Although we didn’t win, that season was so entertaining and we played some great football.
What do you think to the current set-up in place, the gaffer seems to really have us heading in the right direction?
I absolutely love Mick McCarthy, I think he’s awesome. He’s brought some much needed stability to the Club and he’s well respected throughout the game, not just at Ipswich. I love how ‘straight down the line’ he is with his interviews, he just says it how it is and that’s what the fans like to hear. I don’t think he should have ever been sacked at Wolves to be honest, but it’s proven to be their loss and our gain. It’s going to be a really tough, competitive league but I fancy us to sneak into the Play-Offs this season. I mean, why not? If we can have a good run and stay in touch with the pack until Christmas and then push on I think we could be there or thereabouts.
You’ve decided to try your hand at going solo, rather than being in a band like you have done in the past. How difficult has that transition been?
To be honest with you, it hasn’t been too hard- if anything I’ve enjoyed the transition. I’ve been in bands before are there can often be arguments about song writing, creative influences, all sorts really. It can get you down. But as a solo artist, I make the decisions. I’ve written the album, decided which singles should be released first and had the say on what goes into the music videos. I’ve really enjoyed that responsibility and it’s enabled me to work with other musicians that I never dreamed I’d have the chance to. It’s really exciting times for me. I was in a band with mates from school but we never quite made it. We got close and even went to America thinking we were going to get a contract but things sort of fell through. Since then I’ve gone solo and, as I’ve said, I’m really enjoying things.
Clearly music has always been your dream, so which artists influenced your music tastes?
Yeah it’s always been the dream. I suppose it all started when my dad took me to see Bruce Spingsteen and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. Then I started looking through my dad’s record collection and got into bands such as U2, The Who, Stone Roses, The Beatles. From there I was hooked and I love Oasis. I think Noel Gallagher is a top songwriter and Liam is just such a rockstar. So they were big influences. Up to the modern day and I really like stuff from Kasabian, Libertines and Kings of Leon.
I believe?rd has been out for a couple of months now, with the next single released on November 3Rock n Roll bandYour single
is a lot more melancholic, which I think shows a good mixture and highlights my live acoustic side. There are highs and lows on the album and I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I really think that to a wider audience it can appeal.StrangerYes that’s right. I’ve been really happy with how Rock n Roll band has gone down so far. When I put the album together, I wanted a ‘stomper’ track that would really make people jump around to kick things off and Rock n Roll band does that. When I play that song, I just think of it as if I’m at a gig playing to an enthusiastic crowd. The next single,
What’s next for Jimi Raine then?
, with the full album out in February. Then during the summer I’m looking to do a few festivals and do a tour based around the festivals we play. Possibly then look to go over to America again, things are looking really positive on that front.rdWell the next single is out on November 3