What's it like to be a 20-something these days?
I think we’re the last generation to appreciate what it means to own music. I remember holding CDs and my dad’s vinyls in my hand and it felt like I was holding a memory – that’s how powerful music is. And I feel like kids growing up now are losing that sense of ownership. Streaming is incredible but you’re renting music. The album that defines your summer of being a 14-year-old is not an album you’ve bought and will be able to listen to when you’re 24 because, if you don’t have your subscription, it’s all gone.
What can we expect from your debut album, Phase?
I intended to make an album that is only the best I can produce in that moment and I feel like I have. It’s the best I can be to my own standards and that’s all l should ever live up to, I think. I’ve tried not to waste any notes – every detail, every minuscule piece of information on this record is there for a reason. It all gets summed up by one the greatest pop punk records of all time by Sum 41 – All Killer, No Filler – and that’s exactly what I want it to be.
Do you feel a sense of expectation having won both the BBC Sound of 2016 and Brits Critics’ Choice award?
I’m not putting any pressure on myself to do anything other than just the best that I can do. The pressure comes from people asking me if there’s pressure because they want me to either fail or succeed because that’s more interesting for them. For me, the most interesting thing is the music and just being the best musician I can be. If someone wants to sh*t on me, I can’t stop them from sh*tting on me. But I can definitely just put an umbrella up and let them sh*t on their own socks.
Jack Garratt’s debut album Phase is out 19 February.