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Check out Jamie Craig

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Craig.

Jamie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by sounds, melodies, and the crafting of songs. Music was the backdrop of my childhood, with classic rock spilling out from the living room stereo. I learned those same songs, chord by chord alongside my father. I grew up in a family that loved to put on a record and just listen. I was a somewhat shy and introspective child; playing music and writing songs was where I made sense of my feelings, my surroundings, and the world.

My musical journey has been the combination of a lot of small moments, some big moments, and a handful of memorable people that serendipitously came into my life at the perfect moments. Whether it was my 8th-grade teacher, who inspired me with the songs of Joni Mitchell and persuaded me to perform at my middle school graduation or a high school friend who signed me up for “Atlantic Idol” when I was too nervous to do so myself. Later on, it was a boyfriend that taught me that following your heart and doing what you love is the most important thing in life and encouraged me to explore my talents by studying music at Florida Atlantic University. While in school I met my best friend and musical soul mate, and together we formed a music project called Indigo Dreamers where we have produced and recorded an EP, a full-length album, and have had the opportunity to perform all over the South Florida area, even opening up for acts like Dar Williams and Shawn Mullins.

Some other big moments for me have been winning the iTunes Musical Festival competition for my song “Blue” in 2016 and also getting the opportunity to write music for the independent film “Waiting for Kiarostami.”

Currently, I am working on a new single titled “Marriage of Sound” which is a collaboration between Indigo Dreamers and some fantastic artists from Iran.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do, why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My music started as an inner journey and has evolved into a wider perspective. Songwriting for me is a little sanctuary of reflection where I can take something present like an emotion, world event, or concept and tesselate it and transpose it into lyric and song. I think curiosity and empathy have paved the way for my songwriting and are what keep me chasing that next song.

Sometimes the process is conscious, sometimes it’s unconscious, and each song has its own personality and perspective.

An important step in the development of a song is taking it to my partner. This is when it truly becomes an Indigo Dreamers tune. Pouya Pourtahmasbi, the other half of Indigo Dreamers, helps bring out the true essence of the song harmonically and together we sculpt the sonic image. Pouya and I also collaborate on lyrical concepts and the overall vision for our music.

I hope that people can see themselves in the songs. It can be a friend when they are going through tough times and help people to surface and process the emotions they are harboring inside. Overall I hope the music Indigo Dreamers make is music that moves people and opens them up to a new or different perspective.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I often ponder the question of whether life has become easier or harder for artists. I think the ability to make music may be easier, but I also feel that the music stratosphere is noisy and can easily drown out your vision and uniqueness if you don’t protect yourself. We also live in a very genre-centric time with the classification of music on various music platforms. This can make it difficult to promote your music if you blur the lines of a musical genre. I think it is difficult for emerging artists to make a living from their art, which ultimately makes it challenging for an artist to develop their craft. Promoting live music in cities can help the situation for musicians and foster an appreciation for live music amongst the population. There is truly something special about experiencing music at the moment and letting the sound waves wash over you. It is different from listening to a recording. Each have their own merit. I also think having venues for original music is very important and is something that could be improved in South Florida. When people share their original music, they are sharing a perspective, and that perspective can spark conversation, movement, understanding, and ultimately more creativity.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We love to get to know our audience both at shows and online; conversations between us and our audience is essential to what we do. People can support our music first and foremost by coming out to a show. Experiencing live music is not only transformative and inspiring for the audience, but it does the same for the performers. Another way to support our music is by listening to it, whether it be by purchasing a CD or streaming it online. Taking a chance on original music is something that not only supports us but any emerging artist out there. Both our shows and our music can be found on our website – and on social media with the links below.

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Jennifer Rink
Ian Ibbetson
Imani Givertz
Balcony TV
Maxson Riehn

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