“You can never have too much Fuzzy!” Beth Orton
“Fuzzy’s voice is like something you heard in a dream, truly original.” Corinne Bailey Rae
“Fuzzy Jones is a West Yorkshire legend!” Alan Raw (BBC Introducing)
“That was Fuzzy Jones, new and rather good!” Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music)
According to BBC Introducing Fuzzy Jones “is a West Yorkshire legend!” But not only that, she is an award winning, independent artist who crafts powerful, playful protest songs for the 21st Century.
That’s some cool stuff people have said about me, but here’s a little bit from me…
Fuzzy Jones Bio
I am a girl (she/her) who loves to sing, write songs and perform live, but as you know, the last couple of years haven’t really been a good time for the music scene. Finding myself a little out of work, I decided to develop my music production skills with the wonderful Ableton Live. Lockdown 2020 had a silver lining, it helped me produce my first self-produced EP – The Great Pause. I then followed this up in 2021 with my self-produced album Hotel Landifornia. It’s the story of starting a new life in southwest France and everything that happened in between.
Collaboration Over Competition
I have had over 20 years of experience in the UK music industry and have recorded all kinds of music, from Drum & Bass to Jazz. I cut my teeth on the Leeds music scene alongside artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae and The Haggis Horns, and this musical community helped me develop my skills as a professional musician. Some other fab people I have worked with include – Beth Orton, Neil Innes (ATA Records), Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy), Rachel Modest (ATA Records & Bluefoot Project), Rhianna Kenny (Lianne La Havas, Róisín Murphy), Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), LNA, and Chris Dawkins (Nightmares On Wax).
Sisterhood Music Collective is a women’s music collective co-founded by myself, Miranda Arieh, Astraluna and Fran Wyburn in 2017. Our mission was to celebrate DIY female musicians – telling the stories behind our songs, our struggles and by doing so, empowering other women. Sisterhood went on a successful UK tour in 2018 and facilitated songwriting workshops for women and non-binary people across the city of Leeds, UK. I’m a huge advocate of encouraging women to work in the music industry, especially in music production. I’m also passionate about building creative confidence in children and young people.
I don’t particularly like labels and sometimes struggle to put my music in a specific genre. But here are a few of the artists who have inspired me, over the years – David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg, Goldfrapp, Róisín Murphy, Billie Holiday, St Vincent, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles. I like to describe my music as a tea party with Joni Mitchell and David Bowie, where Serge Gainsbourg occasionally pops by for a coffee.
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Latest ALBUM Release
Hotel Landifornia (August 2021)
The Great Pause (2020)
Fuzzy’s EP – The Great Pause is a playfully political cosmic folk pop treat for your ears! Hear the birth of her new ‘Electro-Glam-Folk’ sound – inspired by Lockdown 2020. Written, recorded and produced in Fuzzy’s makeshift home sofa-studio, in Leeds. This unique self-produced piece marks a strange moment in time; a way of processing a crisis; of feeling a little less helpless – a 21st century cry! Hopefully it will bring you some calm in the chaos.
“What a great first [self-produced] EP. Sounds amazing!” (Ableton A&R)
- She Is Matador (2021)
This is a song for anyone fighting for equality! Never give up! #SheIsMatador Recorded and mixed at The Woolpack Studios.
- This Ole Hammock (2018)
An instant classic, released by HA! Music. Recorded in Handmade Fletch’s kitchen with old pots and pans, one sunny afternoon in June.
- Medicine My Wine (2018)
A therapeutic release.
- Blue Jean (No.45) (2017)
A 7 inch vinyl release, with the haunting anti-love song, Perfume on the B-side. Recorded, produced and mixed at the wonderful ATA Studios by Neil Innes.
My music has been played on Stuart Maconie’s ‘Freak Zone’, Gideon Coe – BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Leeds, York, Manchester & Lincolnshire, Radio DIVA, Folk Radio UK, East Leeds FM, Virgin Radio France and Wave Radio France.
Other Fuzzy Projects
I’m currently writing and illustrating a ukulele songbook for children and their parents, about climate change, mental health and LQBTQIA+ stuff.
Awards and Residencies
Semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2013 and 2017.
Building a studio called ATA
In 2007 I founded a band called Love of the Brave, with my former co-writer Neil Innes. We then went on to build an analogue studio in Leeds, which we named ATA (All Things Analogue). It’s now a successful record label. Check out the link!
We housed vintage equipment from the 1960s and 1970s, plus an 1894 Beckstein piano, with no legs, which was rescued from a warehouse.
We built the studio on a shoe string and from this came our first set of studio recordings – a self-titled concept album, Love of the Brave. We recorded it on ex-Soviet Union microphones, discarded BBC tape and the same make and model of tape machine that ‘The White Album’ was recorded on. Wow!
In this sanctuary we wrote and recorded a catalogue of music ranging from Funk-Rock to Psychedelic Folk.
For more info on Love of the Brave go to Projects.
Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the music!
Peas and love,