UK Open Mic

Purp J

Meet Scotland-born UK Open Mic performer, Purp J:

Hi Purp J, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:

Do you play solo only, or also in a group?


How old are you?


Where were you born?


Where did you grow up?


How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)

My parents influenced me with music from the 70s, disco, funk and pop. There was a big underground rock and metal scene in Pakistan which heavily influenced me. Later I got into retro Pakistani pop and classical music.

Where are you based now, and why?

London because it belongs to everyone and no one.

What got you into making music in the first place?

Grooving to old songs as a kid and the Goofy movie.

What instrument/s do you play?

Singing, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Music Producer

Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?

Jimi Hendrix
Fela Kuti
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
John Mclaughlin
Joe Dart
Adrian Belew
Larnell Lewis
Cory Henry

Do you write your own songs?


How many years have you been writing songs for?


What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?

Free flow off the dome. Have never successfully written lyrics though

Why did you get into playing open mics in the first place?

I need to get myself out there. Tired of waiting for a band to magically appear, I need to be in spaces with other musicians.

What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?

Fear of being judged.

If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?


Do you have your own music video, channel or playlist you’d like to share?

Do you have music on streaming? What’s you main streaming channel to send people to?

Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?

We’re done! Anything else you want to share before we go?

No thanks!

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