Jamie T has admitted that he sometimes finds its hard to watch coverage of world events, from the EU referendum to terror attacks, and has railed against politicians patronising the public.
The singer told NME: “I find myself pulling my hair out in front of the computer and I drive myself mad. It gets a bit too much and I think the worldâs gonna end.”
On his track Police Tapes he raps about his frustration with politics, saying: “Weâve just been through something as a country where the most interesting part, to me, was the despicable way politicians acted.
“Itâs become very clear to a lot of people just how much spin is involved in all this s**t.
“Itâs this kind of black and white view of the world where itâs like, âIâm not gonna explain whatâs going on to you, but Iâll tell you this story of good and evil and freedomâ, and I think thatâs the most patronising s**t. That really gets to me.”
Jamie has learnt to keep his once crippling anxiety under control by treating things that trigger it as a job.
He told the magazine: “I donât treat writing music like a job. Thatâs what I do all the time and itâs part of who I am, I suppose, but [interviews and photo shoots] are like a job to me.
“If I think of it like that, it works a lot better because I just do it and then I go home and itâs not really a thing. Thereâs nothing like releasing an album to make your anxiety go through the f**king roof.”
On turning 30 in January this year, a prospect he described as “terrifying” when he turned 29, he remains circumspect.
He said: “Itâs alright isnât it? Itâs just a thing. I was probably talking about it in the context of music and in music youâre old if youâre not 22. People think youâre ancient, but I donât really feel ancient.”
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