JC Stewart

FRESH: ‘I Need You To Hate Me’ – JC Stewart

JC Stewart says “I Need You To Hate Me”

The young pop singer-songwriter JC Stewart shares the official video to his current single “I Need You To Hate Me”. Reiterating the darker themes that he explores in the song, its opening shot of a car blazing out of control sets the mysterious tone that follows. JC and Emilia Jones (best known as Kinsey from the Netflix smash ‘Locke & Key’) are then shown as a couple somehow together but separated, seemingly lost within a derelict building.

The video was directed by Charlie Sarsfield, whose credits include Stormzy, Sam Fender and Dermot Kennedy. JC comments: “Honestly, when I asked if we could set a car on fire outside an old country house I was half-joking. But here we are. I’m so proud of this video and it represents everything I want this song to be. Epic, emotional, ambitious. It was amazing to have Emilia Jones involved as well. She’s an UNBELIEVABLE actress so it was honour that she said yes! Hope you enjoy!”.

“I Need You To Hate Me” has boosted JC Stewart’s surging status. Gaining 29 New Music Friday playlists across the globe plus repeated Radio 1 play from Scott Mills, the track has elevated the young pop singer-songwriter to two million monthly listeners at Spotify. As the fourth generation of JC Stewart’s, the young musician was destined to continue the family business in Northern Ireland, but instead deviated on the road toward pop stardom by focusing on his songwriting craft since his mid-teens.

Everything that JC does captures his ability to connect. That’s a lot to do with the purity – of emotion, texture and delivery – in his music. He possesses the ability to express deep emotion and universal truths in language that is consciously direct and uncluttered. That ability to make a connection is quickly winning the hearts of fans and influential supporters alike. Radio 1 has emerged as a key backer, resulting in a playlist for previous single “Lying That You Love Me” and a live performance for their virtual Big Weekend. Apple Music also tipped him as a rising star, when they named him as their new artist of the week.

And the scenes he orchestrated at his sold-out London residency have been repeated with shows as guest to Lewis Capaldi, Lauv, Anne-Marie, Maisie Peters and Freya Ridings as well as an MTV Push event alongside Yungblud and Raye. His talents have extended to co-writing with other artists too, most notably “Hollywood” from Capaldi’s smash hit debut album. While his lyrics often hone in on the devastating minutiae of faltering relationships (both “I Need You To Hate Me” and “Have You Had Enough Wine?” tackled different stages of the same break-up), JC’s quick wit and self-deprecating sense of humour are immediately apparent.

Those personality traits also resulted in him going viral on a global scale. Bored during lockdown, JC filmed his quarantine-themed take on the ‘Friends’ theme song “I’ll Be There For You”, singing, “It looks like we’ll be inside for a year/ Or it might only be a day, a week or months it’s really not clear.” It exploded after Jennifer Aniston shared it on Instagram. Suddenly it was featured on ‘Good Morning America’ and Nina Dobrev also shared it with her 20 million followers as it raced to five million views.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!