Northern England Spoken Word artist Jodie Langford recently released her electro-pop groove “I Miss It”. Describing herself as unapologetically Northern, passionate wordsmith Jodie Langford began writing and performing as part of Arts Celebrating Equality at The Warren Youth Centre when she was sixteen and has since gone on to perform at various events. In recent years Jodie has risen to become one of the most distinctive voices in Hull’s burgeoning spoken word scene.
The artist recently talked to ai love music about her inspiration, what has her journey been like, and the behind-the-scenes on “I Miss It”. Find out what Jodie expresses in her latest releases that she longs for. Make sure to also read about how was it to work with Hull’s producer/remix team Endoflevelbaddie. While reading, make sure to check out “I Miss It” down below and let me know what you think in the comments!
First of all, please introduce yourself!
Hi! My name is Jodie Langford, I’m a 21-year-old Spoken Word Artist from Hull and I’ve been writing for around 5 years.
How did you get into music? What has that journey been like?
I’ve been part of the music scene since I was a teenager, I started volunteering at local festivals and gigs via The Warren Youth Project when I was 16. That then moved into me compering at those events and introducing bands on stage, to later performing spoken word pieces in between their sets.
Scott (Endoflevelbaddie) contacted me about working on a track together in 2020 and it all developed from there. I’m not musically talented in the slightest, but I love words and so it was and still is a very new thing to me, and what an adventure it is.
What musical genres and artists influence you and your music?
I would say that Kae Tempest, Leonard Cohen, and The Streets are some of my biggest influences lyrically and musically. Although, if I want a good cry I usually listen to some Keaton Henson as there is beauty in both his lyrics and music that just hits my soul in a different way.
When you write your songs, what is the most important thing that crafts your words?
I find often that when writing, the words appear from both big and tiny moments in my life. Whether it be where I went for coffee, the jacket I see hanging on the park gates, or the injustice myself and people around me encounter. I’m just a thief of my surroundings.
Let’s talk about your latest release “I Miss It”. What is it about?
“I Miss It” is basically a vent from somebody who has been trapped inside their own four walls for around a year and just wants a drink and a boogie. It’s about everything I miss about the nightlife of socialising with close friends and strangers.
What inspired you to write the song?
Both I and Scott we’re just having a chat about what we’ve missed the most during the lockdown. As I work in a call centre, my favourite part of the week is the weekend where I can just roam free and not be hunched over a computer repeating the same few sentences every few minutes.
So when I was working in the office and then eventually from my bedroom during lockdown I was reminiscing about all of that and how I’d give anything just to have one of those weekends back.
What was the production of the song like?
If you’ve ever listened to an Endoflevelbaddie track or seen that stuff live, you know that it’s going to be the vibe. He was the mastermind of the music and production and brought my words to life through his wizardry.
How was it like working with ENDOFLEVELBADDIE? Was there any special meaning behind the house-infused indie groove?
Endoflevelbaddie never fails to disappoint, I had a blast working on this track with him and he truly captured the club and party essence of the lyrics / spoken word and gave it all that power.
I suppose there isn’t really any special meaning behind the track, other than to state that we’ve all embarrassed ourselves on a night out and you’re not alone. But that’s part of the fun, is it not?
What do you want listeners to listen for in your music?
I hope that listeners find relatable qualities in my music and that they realise I’m just a northern lass saying it how it is- no funny business!
Any future plans?
I’ve got plenty more tracks in the works which I can’t wait to release. But for now, I’m focused on writing and speaking till I can’t bear the sight of the alphabet.