Singer-songwriter Jamie Scott has been making music for years as a solo artist and current project, Graffiti6 with friend and producer Tommy D. In addition to writing his own material, Scott co-writes with a wide range of artists ranging from Enrique Iglesias to One Direction.
In an interview with CBS Local, Scott filled us in on how One Direction selected his song “More Than This” for their record-breaking debut album Up All Night and what it’s like working with the boys. Scott explained that he was speaking with their production company, Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment about plans he had while in the U.K.
“One Direction had just been on X-Factor. I had this song and I let them hear it and they wanted to cut it,” he recalled. “Something about it just felt right for the boys doing it.”
While he admits he originally didn’t think it was natural for One Direction to sing his track, he said when he first heard their cut “it sounded amazing.”
“The song I wrote for them that they first cut I sat down with a guitar and wrote a song,” he said. “That song wasn’t really planned for them.”
Yesterday, One Direction released the full performance video behind Scott’s track. Featuring Niall Horan on guitar and Liam Payne’s soft vocals, it’s easy to envision how the track got it’s start with Jamie alone on guitar.
Currently working with One Direction on their next record, Scott commented on how nice the boys are.
“Generally they are really, really good guys,” he said. “When I worked with them for the first time they had only just got to know each other because they got put together on the show. There was this thing they had. I don’t know what it is; it’s something special about it. This bond they had with each other straight away and this enthusiasm. I think I’m quite a positive and hyper personality but I found myself completely in that zone when I was with them. It was fun.”
As far as songwriting goes, whether it be with One Direction or for himself, Scott has to feel comfortable.
“A great song has to be written and there has to be emotion in it or I don’t think it exists,” he said. “Most of the sessions I’ve done writing with [whether it be] Enrique or One Direction I normally just take a day to hang out and do something where you at least feel like you know them. If you don’t know someone or you try to pour your heart out either it becomes a counseling session or it just becomes awkward and doesn’t work.”
- Annie Reuter CBS Local