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Haverhill musician gets funky with new EP release




A guitarist from Haverhilland a long-time friend and music collaborator have teamed up to create a debut five-track EP.

Jaymotts, which comprises o bass guitarist Chris Le Mottée, of North Avenue, and Cambridge-based Jonathan Hall, on guitar, vocals and keyboards, have released the EP Stars of Cheese, which is out today.

Chris said the two first became good friends when they were at secondary school together in Cambridge and they have remained firm friends since. Both are now aged 35.

Jonathan Hall, left, and Chris Le Mottée, aka Jaymotts. Submitted picture
Jonathan Hall, left, and Chris Le Mottée, aka Jaymotts. Submitted picture

The EP contains, in the duo’s own words, ‘great funky indie rock songs with a large dollop of left field humour’ and is something of a departure from Chris’ previous musical work.

He said: “I was in a metal band for a long time, originally called Humanity, then changed to Awake.

“We had mild success, I would say. We had a record deal and did some tours but we never made any money out of it. It was a hobby, an expensive one.

The cover for Jaymotts EP, Stars of Cheese. Submitted photo
The cover for Jaymotts EP, Stars of Cheese. Submitted photo

“That dissolved in about 2013 I think and I’ve just played for my own pleasure since.

“Jonny, in the meantime, has done a little bit of solo stuff but he very much just played for himself as well.”

During the boredom of lockdown, and finding themselves with more time and creative energy, Chris, who works for Cambridge Assessment, and Jonathan started piecing together their new funky compositions remotely, with drum loops, vocals and baselines being shared electronically and shaped into the tracks.

To help them complete the album they used the services of drummer Alex Townsend, an old friend, on one song.

They then turned to Fiverr, an online marketplace for all sorts of freelance services, to find themselves another drummer in the form of Frankfurt-based Maximilian Kemmerer for the remaining four songs and Sahan Kumaratunga at SK Audio Factory, who mixed and mastered the EP.

“We’ve not met these guys,” said Chris, “but I find it amazing that you can do this. You’ve got to be on the same wavelength and we are.”

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