Believe it nor not, he’s no more than 25. Yet it feels like Jake Bugg has been around for ages. The Nottingham singer-songwriter was just a teenager when the much-lauded self-titled album dropped in 2012 to huge commercial success. Three more albums have followed, the last one being the Nashville recorded and soulful Hearts That Strain from 2017. His fifth full-length is expected to land in 2020.
Bugg’s career got kickstarted in 2011 when he was invited to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival. He was 17 at the time, got thrown into a whirlwind that included support slots for The Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher. Things hardly slowed down when his song Lightning Bolt was used to soundtrack Usain Bolt’s 100m win at the London Olympics in 2012. At this point he’s met heroes and fulfilled dreams but also been through a lot and experienced all kinds of madness. Still, he takes it with ease. In an interview with Bakchormeeboy, he said: ”It can get tiring at times, but I’m used to it. It’s something I always wanted to do, and I never expected it to be easy. In fact, it’s better than I ever expected, to be able to go around the world and play, it’s the best job in the world to me.”