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Jack Garratt Strives for Perfection on ‘Phase’

"I've always said that I would only ever release something that I would want to listen to as a fan."

By Jay Tilles

“The album’s taken a little while to put together only because I care a lot about it,” says Jack Garratt of the years it took to produce his debut, Phase. Sure, Garratt has released several singles and EPs, but the body of work contained in an album speaks directly to Garratt’s pride. After catching up with, it’s crystal clear the British one-man-band is not interested in releasing music just to fill the marketplace. Garratt wants to touch his audience through the most well-conceived and emotional melodies he can possibly produce.

“I’ve always said that I would only ever release something that I would want to listen to as a fan,” says the multi-instrumentalist. “I don’t think there’s any such thing as perfection. But I’m a perfectionist. I don’t believe in the idea of perfection but I will strive to achieve it.”

Garratt also expects a lot from his fans. As an example, his video for “Surprise Yourself” followed a variety of random fans as they pushed themselves to do something that far outside their comfort zone, like getting a tattoo, or jumping out of a plane.

Currently on tour in the U.S., Garratt isn’t satisfied with just giving concertgoers a taste of his album, he has some tricks up his sleeve. “I feel the best way to respect my audience is to not give them what they expect from me… ’cause it’s fun that way,” says the 24 year-old with a chuckle.

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