INTERVIEW: JOHNNY HATES JAZZ

We turn back the clock and speak to Clark Datchler at Rewind festival 2022




Johnny Hates Jazz had a series of hits in the late 80s before going on to write and produce for other artists. Next year JHJ celebrate 35 years since their #1 album, 'Turn Back The Clock' propelled them into international success.


We caught up with singer and songwriter Clark Datchler at Rewind south ahead of their set.



PHOTOGROUPIE:

How does it feel to be back at Rewind?


CLARK DATCHLER:

We did Rewind quite a few years ago. This is maybe our fourth time. They're really well run. They're lovely.


PHOTOGROUPIE:

How have you found getting back into the swing of things after lockdown? Was it difficult to get the momentum again?


CLARK DATCHLER:

You know what, in a way that's right in terms of the festivals. And the reason I say that is during lockdown I turned to live streaming. I did a live stream called Journey Songs once a week, which was about, a song that I'd written. I'm still doing it. It became very popular. I'm doing it every two weeks now on a Sunday at 5pm, UK time. But we toured with Level 42 at the end of last year; so we came out of lockdown, and went on tour. That kind of shook us into shape. So getting back into the festival scene where you're doing a much shorter set, that took a bit of getting used to but it's been very enjoyable and the crowds have been just fantastic because of course they are out of lockdown as well, they want to enjoy it.


PHOTOGROUPIE:

What can we expect from your set this afternoon?


CLARK DATCHLER:

Well we’re doing five songs from the original 'Turn Back The Clock' album, which was my fault really for insisting that we focus on that album this time. Usually, we put in one or two tracks from the later years of Johnny Hates Jazz. So people are gonna hear, 'I Don't Want To Be A Hero,' 'Turn Back The Clock', 'Shattered Dreams', 'Heart of Gold' and 'Don't Say It's Love', which were the 5 singles from the album.


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