Introducing... Jersey Budd
He's friends with Kasabian and has changed his name by deed-poll to become more rock and roll. Now things are on the up for Leicester's Jersey Budd!
Life is getting pretty exciting for Leicester based musician Jersey Budd.
He's getting ready to go on a nationwide tour after months in the studio recording his debut album 'Wonderlands' which will be released in May 2009.
And before all that he's been asked personally by Kasabian to play with them at Royal Albert Hall, in support of the charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
Listen: Interview with Jersey Budd
BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter spoke to Jersey Budd about his exciting new tour and Leicester's music scene...
The debut album has been funded in large part by Jersey Budd fans and friends through a scheme called Bandstocks.
For £10 people could invest in the album which in return gives them a free album download, priveledge gig tickets for the first five years and a share of 30 per cent of album profit.
Amongst the shareholders were Leicester City Football Club and bands The Twang, The Hours, The Rifles, The Music and Kasabian:
"I think that's a lot of bullying on my part!"
Jersey's links with Kasabian go back to his school days. He attended Countesthorpe College with both Tom and Serge, and played in a band with Tom's brother:
"We used supported them when they were 16 year-olds growing up. So we got on board early, that's what we keep telling everyone anyway."
Joe to Jersey
Jersey's first started playing music after buying his first guitar for a tenner from the Leicester Mercury classified ads.
Back then Jersey was actually Joe.He decided that his dad's nickname for him, after the boxer Jersey Joe Walcott, defined his music much better.
So for just £11, he became Jersey by deed-poll, "I thought it was a bit more rock and roll than Joe."
Jersey still lives around the Countesthorpe area, "Half is because of financial reasons, and half because I love living there".
He feels that the Leicester music scene is on the up and that when he does have the chance to get to local gigs he's always impressed with the talent.
Jersey hopes that he'll have his own part in bringing Leicester to the forefront of British music, and see's his links to the city as a help rather than hindrance.
last updated: 25/03/2009 at 11:41