Jamie Goddard – Lead Vocals and guitar
I am Jamie. Front man and lead singer for The Zoots.
I started the Zoots in 2009 with my Dad (Martyn) who managed the band and came up with the name. I got back in touch with some old friends Kevin Joyce & Nick Slack as well as Stuart Turner who was playing drums with me at the time. In the past I have worked as a singer/songwriter and released two albums published by Warner Brothers and have written songs for Gold selling albums.
My claim to fame is that versions of my songs were used as part of the Chinese education curriculum to help students to learn English!
I use a Marshall JVM410c amp which was kindly provided by the lovely people at Marshall. Guitar makers Burns provided me with a Burns Double Six 12 String and an Apache 6 string.
When I’m not performing, I’m working behind the scenes managing, promoting, booking shows for The Zoots and hanging around with Harriet, my neighbours, my family, and Doughnut the doggo.
I grew up in Maidenhead, Berkshire and my first instrument was violin, then piano, then drums. My Dad had been a professional drummer who played for loads of bands in the 60s and 70s most notably the band ‘First Class’ who had a number one hit in the US called ‘Beach Baby’.
I borrowed my Dad’s drums for my first ever performance in a school production of ‘The Muppets’. I was Animal the drummerl!
A few years later in secondary school, I joined my first band with his older brother Martyn. The band was called Wicked Lester, we played a mixture of original songs and covers of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Cult and BB King.
When I was 14 I was asked to join by first semi-professional band called Witness who played a lot of pubs around Maidenhead, Windsor and West London. Most of the guys in the band were twice my age but I gained a lot of experience playing in public (even though I wasn’t even old enough to be in the venues!)
At the same time I started forming my own bands at school and learnt how to manage bands and book gigs. My first fully professional band was ‘Cobweb Strange’ where I played drums. I booked about 100 shows for Cobweb Strange and soon realised if you can book a band called Cobweb Strange I could probably book a gig for anyone! I gradually became a frontman as well as a manager, booker, web designer, promoter, van driver and played the guitar a bit too! I’ve since played over 1200 shows and have booked alot of these myself.
It’s been a gradual climb up the music industry ladder, step by step, slow but sure. I appreciate the all the help my Dad and Mum have given me over the years. I am grateful to my partner Harriet for giving up her job, family and home in 2012 to help me run the band and take us to a whole new level.
Thank you to everyone involved and everyone who has helped The Zoots along the way.