Have you got the Bugg yet?

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Marie Westmoreland chats to rising star Jake Bugg, who plays in the region.

NOTTINGHAM newcomer Jake Bugg has beaten Mumford & Sons and Leona Lewis to the number one spot in the Official UK Album Chart with his debut, self-titled album.

This comes as no surprise after it was dubbed as the “hottest record in the world”, by Zane Lowe.

His unique voice and story-telling folk charm, teamed with a Northern Arctic Monkeys-esque attitude, and great guitar playing, means Jake is a musical force to be reckoned with.

Noel Gallagher and Snow Patrol were quick to snap him up as support for their American tour, somewhere Jake has always wanted to play.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to go and play my music in the States, and to do that with two such massive acts is actually a bit difficult to take in.”

Following this, his first headline tour has sold-out across the country – it seems everyone wants a piece of him.

For people who haven’t heard Jake Bugg’s sound yet, when you do, you won’t forget it. His raw talent, delicate yet distinctive vocals and self-written classic songs, make his music something a bit special.

When Jake was 12 he began to play his guitar and aspired to be like his idols Donovan, Don McLean and The Beatles.

At the tender age of 14 he began to write.

He said: “It’s not a secret that when you start out, you want to try and be like your favourite artists.

“Somewhere along the line, you find your own sound, you work on it and develop it.

“To be honest, I just prefer older music.”

He’s happy listening to Robert Johnson and Donovan. Not many people his age actually know who Donovan is, so instead compare him to Bob Dylan.

He said: “People have been comparing me to Bob Dylan. He is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but maybe a lot of people say that because they don’t really know Donovan.

“My mum always played Catch The Wind, and some of the songs he wrote are just phenomenal, so gorgeous; just really mellow and nice to listen to.” Jake’s album swings from genre to genre, there’s country, indie and even a bit of reggae.

He said: “I take influences from all over, but people are calling my stuff rootsy, which is fine by me.”

Speaking about his success, he said: “When I was younger and writing my very first songs, obviously you dream of a life like this.

“But I never once thought that it would actually happen, especially not to the level I’ve got to now. Honestly, I never thought it would pan out like this, or this quickly.”

* Jake Bugg returns to Newcastle 02 Academy 2 on February 5, 2013 as part of his extensive UK tour.

* For more information visit www.jakebugg.com