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Why Jaymes Young Feels Energized When He’s in Seattle

Jaymes Young stopped by the W Seattle’s Sound Suite to promote his debut album “Feel Something.” (Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records)

Recording artist Jaymes Young may currently live in Los Angeles but his love for his hometown of Seattle is palpable.

“Seattle has a fresh feeling to it, there’s something about this place that’s energizing,” he says. “There’s a home turf feeling that kicks in right when I touch down.”

Seattle has a fresh feeling to it, there’s something about this place that’s energizing. There’s a home turf feeling that kicks in right when I touch down.

Jaymes Young

Given that Seattle was the launch pad for Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile and a number of other notable music acts, it only made sense for W Hotels to open its first Sound Suite in North America at the W Seattle.

The space serves as a private recording studio and creative haven for artists to use whenever inspiration strikes — whether or not they’re staying at the hotel.

With a capacity for up to 25 people the W Sound Suite includes a vocal booth, mixing equipment and lounge area. W also has Sound Suites at the W Bali – Seminyak and the W Hollywood, with another opening at the redesigned W Barcelona.

W Sound Suites are in part the brainchild of the W brand’s North American Music Director, DJ White Shadow, the Chicago-based producer best known for his work with Lady Gaga.

“Having a recording studio in a hotel is not something I’d even ever thought of,” Young says. “It’s going to make an artist feel amazing coming to a space like this.”

W Seattle Sound Suite
The W Seattle Sound Suite was the first recording studio to open at a W Hotel in North America. (Photo: Jean-Marcus Strole)

Young, who was the first artist to record in the W Seattle’s Sound Suite, began playing guitar and writing lyrics when he was 14. Now 25, he’s spent the last couple of years collaborating with fellow musicians David Guetta, Birdy, Phoebe Ryan and Skizzy Mars.

SEE ALSO: Watch Skizzy Mars perform at the W Minneapolis

Young credits his interest and varied tastes in music to his parents.

“I played music all the time when I was growing up,” he says. “The awesome thing about my parents is that they just kind of encouraged that. Not every note I played was beautiful so …”

Young’s musical influences include Radiohead, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Iron & Wine and Death Cab for Cutie.

“I do enjoy performing, I love being on stage,” he says. “The adrenaline part of the art, which not a lot of art gets, that’s the cool thing about music. You get to create your art and then re-create it again every night on tour.”

Young is currently on tour, promoting his debut full-length album “Feel Something.” For tour locations and dates, check out his official website.

“I see music and songwriting as a form of expression,” he says. “I want to connect with (fans) as much as they want to connect with the music. That’s probably the most important thing to me.”

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