There’s much in the world to be depressed about right now, which is why music has a more important role than ever to lift the spirits and help us all to find some additional inner strength.
No-one seems to get that more than Jodie Abacus, a singer-songwriter from South London who deserves the big audience his work is surely about to find. His latest single, I’ll Be That Friend, is out on 2 September and is taken from his already released EP For Real Life and Not Pretend.
The inspiration behind the video – shot in Los Angeles by director Ethan Lader – was the 2015 viral YouTube video ‘people react to being called beautiful’ made by Shea Glover, who in turn collaborated with Abacus and Lader to create the video for I’ll Be That Friend.
The song was written by Abacus when he was feeling at his lowest. 2013 was Abacus’ ‘annus horribilis’, a year during which he threw every penny he had at launching a music career, almost died of pneumonia and then split up with his girlfriend of five years.
“By the end of that year I wished I could still have the pneumonia instead of such bad heartache,” he said.”I was crumbling, sitting in an empty room, just me and a bed and my keyboard. I started playing and crying at the same time. I felt like, if I was looking from the outside at this situation, I would give that person a really, really big hug and say it’s all right. That’s when I wrote I’ll Be That Friend.”
Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to his debut album, Abacus will tour the UK in September with dates in Manchester (25), Glasgow (26), Leeds (28) and London (29).
Jodie Abacus – I’ll Be That Friend