A glimpse backstage with Jaymes Young

diana levine for the boston globe

The life of a touring musician is a curious one. Long nights, endless take-out, strange faces, strange places.

Jaymes Young, a 26-year-old Los Angeles singer-songwriter, was kind enough to give the Globe a glimpse of his life backstage at the House of Blues Sept. 22, when he opened for Oh Wonder.

It was a mix of fame and the mundane.


At one point, he was hanging with his bandmates in the club’s green room, eating chicken and green beans off plastic plates. Not long after, he straps on his guitar and takes the stage to the eager cheers of hundreds of fans.

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The performer, who released his first album, “Feel Something,” earlier this year, hit it big with the single “I’ll Be Good,” which has been streamed more than 30 million times. The accompanying video has 22 million views.

In some ways, not much has changed. Young and his bandmates, Kim Vi (keyboards) and Tyler Johnson (drums), have toured together for years and they enjoy the adventures that come along with being on the road.

Born and raised in Seattle, Young refers to himself as a “songwriter before a singer and performer.” And it shows through his dedication to his music. During soundcheck, he carefully cleans his guitar strings, and takes time to make sure everything is perfect for the show.

Then, he’s ready to go.

Tyler Johnson, Kim Vi, and Jaymes Young hang out backstage at the House of Blues.
photos by Diana Levine for the boston globe
Tyler Johnson, Kim Vi, and Jaymes Young hang out backstage at the House of Blues.