An Uplifting and Inspiring Story
There’s a few times in life where you read a story and instantly feel a connection to the person who it’s about. As soon as I had finished reading a news article about Hamish Jeffcott, I knew this was a person who I wanted to know more about. Hamish Jeffcotts story is one that really shows not only the power and healing ability of music, but the power in self belief!
Hamish unfortunately suffered a severe and traumatic brain injury at age 16 during a rugby match. The injury left Hamish struggling to stay awake, and even resulted in some memory loss. For years, Hamish struggled with anxiety and depression. But instead of letting his emotions get the better of him, Hamish turned to music, and eventually began using it as a form of therapy to help him cope with the trauma and struggles that he had experienced. After originally using music as a form of therapy, Hamish started to find a love for performing his own songs in a live setting for audiences. This eventually led him to performing in New Zealand, Dominican Republic, and even the French Alps.
Moving on to the music, Hamish has described his music as folk-rock that also incorporates other instruments such as drums and acoustic guitar. I was given the opportunity to listen to some of the songs from his new E.P “Time To Grow”. One song in particular that I was drawn towards was a song called “Drive Me Wild”.
It’s a really funky, upbeat acoustic number. This is the kind of music that comes to my mind when I think of the folk genre. What I really love about this song, is that it showcases the different parts of Hamish’s voice. There’s a few times where his voice turns a little gravelly, and others where he goes into a lovely falsetto. I really love the catchy chorus which repeats the words “don’t you know you drive me wild”, it’s easy to remember which is the key to any successful song.
It’s always special when great songs have great people behind them, and this really is a special record. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Hamish.
“Time To Grow” is available to stream from May 23rd.
Written by Jack Saunders
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network