Jamie Cullum on Spotify

This is the first of our guest blog posts. Jamie Cullum is an award-winning musician and a big fan of Spotify.

I can’t work it out. I have been a music consumer my whole life. Obsessed by it, saved for it, longed for it. Now it appears that feverish collecting is coming to an end. Spotify even has those hard to find, Japanese Herbie Hancock albums. It is however missing quite a few independent gems. Hardly any Rhythm and Sound – a lot of stuff on some great labels – Stones Throw etc. Maybe physical releases will be purely for muso-head types, pitchforkers. I still go to Soul Jazz in Soho, Rough Trade in Notting Hill for recommendations and ensuing purchases. Always Ray’s Jazz for jazz; Portobello road for vinyl – Intoxica, Honest Jon’s. But I’ve also been buying stuff off of Boomkat for three years now – in fact a lot of my new artist discoveries come from their brilliant emails. I also am an Emusic subscriber – like iTunes with a better independent catalogue and much better editorial – like subscribing to melody maker with the ability to have each act you read about. Beatport for the finest selection of electronic music. And then of course iTunes itself – easy, massive and reliable. Deep down I still love to physically OWN music but Spotify……..oh my are we having a love affair!

Spotify is easy and beautiful. I had a Herbie Hancock day yesterday – building big, beautiful playlists from his interstellar catalogue. Who knows what I’ll decide to listen to today – maybe a Deep Purple day?

I don’t know what this means as a musician, but as a listener it’s very exciting.

In an idealist, rose tinted world it means that you only survive if you push yourself to be great, greater, unhomogenised. When everything is available with one click there is no need to keep listening. So you’d better make it brilliant. Perhaps in the real world it will mean it is even harder for the seething mass of undiscovered talent to peek through. I guess then, that is what record companies will still be needed for – nurturing and breaking talent.

I’m off now to finish my album to make sure sure it is brilliant.

Typed at great speed in the back of a cab.

Jamie’s new album will be released later this year and you can catch him on the Jazz World Stage at Glastonbury on 27th June. For priority on gig tickets, the latest news and exclusive content, sign up to the mailing list on jamiecullum.com. Also check out the playlist he’s put together with some of his favorite tunes.


  1. I’m not a big fan of Jamies music but I love when people suprise you. I’d never guessed he was into Rhythm & Sound & Stones Throw stuff!

  2. yes, owning the physical music and putting in the CD, or just going through all the vinyl records… is my favourite part and will always be my favourite part of music.

    but spotify makes everything so much easier and accessible.. love that!

  3. Glad to see that Spotify has more of Jamie’s songs on it. Was looking not to long ago and there were only a couple tracks.

    P.S….The “Herbie Hancock” link doesn’t work in the blog

  4. It looks like someone wiped his playlist. Kind of like when I made one called “Love + Hope”, turned it public, and an indecent soul decided to add death metal to it!

  5. Jamie’s playlist seems broken – or is it just empty cause sometimes we need silence?

  6. what happened to jamie’s playlist exemplifies the current problems with collaborative playlists – they’re a great idea, but they’re like a wiki without the history – if anyone happens to break something, nobody else can mend it again. they can work when the link is shared amongst a small number of cooperative friends, but when shared with a wider audience, the probability that someone will break it approaches 1.

    i think that in order to be useful, you should be able to get a collaborative playlist to show all versions and all edits. it’d be useful for private playlists/collections too, actually, as then you wouldn’t the angst my girlfriend had when she thought she’d accidentally deleted the playlist she’d spent many hours putting together (luckily she’d emailed a link to it, phew!).

    by the way, knowing that someone was likely to break it, i immediately copied the contents of jamie’s playlist – here it is: spotify:user:rogpeppe:playlist:0xWe68eE3bLChikShWPg6K

  7. rogpeppe – i imagined that that was what had happened. Thanks for the playlist. However – please fix the spelling in the playlist name. 😉

    Thanks again!

  8. the playlist seems to be working fine. Cheers to Jamie and his great music. I’m really looking forward to his new album. It’ll be one of the must-have-ones.

  9. Great post! The playlist with Q-tip is hot hot… but the country restriction is totally insane (I can´t play 4 songs)… the labels really needs to drop it, makes absolutly no sense year 2009 nor year 1998!

    Awesome work Spotify-team!

  10. @andcas spelling oops! in my defence i must say that i’d
    never heard of jamie cullum before and i created my copy
    of the playlist for myself only…

    the playlist is no longer collaborative, which is what tends to
    happen – collaborative playlists just aren’t that useful currently.
    (another possibility for fixing them is that tracks added or
    deleted to a collaborative playlist could be marked for later approval
    by the playlist creator – that might be easier to fit in the spotify app,
    i suppose)

    anyway, problems with collaborative playlists apart,
    this is why spotify’s great – before i’d never ever have heard
    of any of the bands on that playlist, now i can listen
    to them and follow connections (e.g. i’m now listening to
    spotify:album:1O3crkUQPNzwGRQ8OQEeZg and
    greatly enjoying it)

  11. Hey, Jamie. Great playlist! I love your album, Catching Tales, and I’m looking forward to your next one.

  12. I love Jamie’s work, have all his records and gonna see him perform this summer!!! What a great artist!!!He’s a genius!