For the past two years, singer and songwriter Eden Jones has been honing her sound throughout London, performing and delighting crowds at numerous well-known clubs and venues across the city. Her songs are unique and eerie, and her voice dances across the tribal melodies with an infectious joy. Lyrically, songs such as “Big Dreams and Dirty Fingernails” and “Beautifully Twisted” speak of hope and passion in a world that’s gloriously imperfect. Working alongside several talented producers, Eden Jones puts her unique stamp on each and every song she performs.
Eden is currently working on her debut album, recording in both London and Los Angeles.
What were you like as a child? At what point did you become interested in music and performing?
I guess I was a pretty strange child. I’ve never really felt like I fit in anywhere particularly and was always in my own little world and in lots of mischief. But performing has come really naturally; I’ve always made up shows as a kid with my siblings and cousins and brought every available adult to watch it. I guess coming from a big family encourages you to feel safe in expressing yourself.
What musical artist, alive or dead, do you consider the most important and influential, and why?
The most influential to me was probably Mike Oldfield. My dad would always play a mix of music, but when “Tubular Bells” roared out of the speakers, I would always imagine the music as a picture. And even though my music is obviously very different, it has definitely inspired me to create a visual within the sound.
What is your songwriting process?
My songwriting process usually starts with getting together with other writers and producers and telling stories. Sometimes of my experiences and, other times, of something I feel. Then, when we all have the same vision, we start with the melody and the lyrics just seem to flow. Of course, other times you can try to write and nothing comes out at all! But I am really lucky to have the support of a wonderful team of talents who inspire me in every session.
What has been your most memorable live performance?
I guess my most memorable are the ones that tend to be emotional. Performing to my family on a big stage for the first time was really special. And I remember doing a gig with Sam Smith, and hearing him sing for the first time bought me to tears. That was really memorable. But there are many more stages to conquer yet.
What’s the best song you’ve heard recently?
I love Pharrell’s “Happy.” It is like a ’50s timeless classic and just does what it says on the tin. It is just a beautiful expression of peace and love and it always makes me smile harder.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received was at a dinner with a couple of friends; I was telling them how hard the industry is to be in and I was told, “A man cries for his broken shoes, ’til he sees the man with no feet.” It really helped me to realise I should enjoy every experience and the life I’ve been blessed with through doing what I love. I’m a very lucky girl.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day starts with emails and social media, I am so thankful to everyone who send me such wonderful tweets and messages that I try my hardest to reply to as many as I can. After that, my day can be anything from a studio session to a photo shoot. So whatever gets booked in gets my full attention. Any time I get away from music is spent with my family and the busier I get, the more precious these moments have become, but it’s so important to keep time for the important thing in life.
What is your favorite type of cookie?
I actually make THE best cookies ever! Me and my sister found an amazing recipe but we keep it top secret. ;) They are chocolate chip, yum! Wow, you guys are killing my healthy eating plan… I need cookies!
Do you have anyone’s autograph?
I’ve never been big on autographs; to be honest, I never realise who someone is until after I’ve walked away and then it clicks, but I did get Mickey Mouse once at Disney… Does that count?
If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
I would share more so that not a single person would go hungry; we have more than enough, but greed overtakes us.
Aside from music, what are you most passionate about?
I am really passionate about education and children. I have little nephews and a niece who are amazing and I’d love them to grow up in a world where people are educated to love each other more to create a more peaceful world. I think it’s just so important to create a loving setting for children to learn about all the wonderful things we can achieve together.
How is your album coming along?
It’s really coming along great; I’ve been working with some incredible talents and am really enjoying the writing part of this journey. It’s like reading through my diary. My lyrics all tell a story and I love to share that.