- SALUTE: Where did you grow up Jack?
I was born in Luton originally. We moved down to Cornwall when I was about 8. I was instantly surrounded by quite musical people and that influenced what kind of future I could see for myself. It’s very homegrown in Cornwall which puts a lot of pressure on people to do a lot themselves. Going to uni now in Falmouth has meant I’ve been lucky enough to work with many incredible artists who really helped me school up on the industry too.
- SALUTE: How did you get started making music?
It all started growing up in a very musical household. My mum would blast Tina Turner in the car, I remember waking up to my dad playing bass guitar to The Sex Pistols, my nan singing Dorris Day making a cup of tea. That’s where I developed a love for music and found comfort in it.
- SALUTE: How did you hear about the SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS initiative and competition?
I saw something on Facebook. I looked on the website and thought that it looked great.
It’s a competition with integrity and thought behind it so it actually benefits everyone. It’s important for early career musicians that there is a space for them to be collaborative. It’s really lacking in the industry at the moment. There’s so much pressure on music makers to do everything themselves, making their music, promoting it, touring it. It’s a lot to deal with so getting encouragement and having a company reach out to develop new artists and scenes is great. It’s so difficult to get out there and get heard. SALUTE is a great platform to help people grow. It really doesn’t come round much in this industry. Oh, that prize money as well!
- SALUTE: What kind of music did you grow up on? Was there much of a local scene in Luton?
In my musical cohort after school I really developed a sense of performance doing a lot of local gigs. At first my mum didn’t want the internet, but eventually she did crack and I was exposed to artists and influences which inspired different aspects of my identity. I was always inspired from a young age by really strong and powerful women in music. I was listening to Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Madonna. Those women really stuck with me and inspired me to push the limits of sound and lyrics.
I didn’t know any different than listening to artists who were pushing the limits. I was quite at home around that type of subversive art.
- SALUTE: Has that evolved into a definable gender politics for you now?
At university we were really encouraged to think about feminism and sexuality in relation to these powerful women and how that all influenced the industry and culture. It interests me but I’m still learning from these ideas and artists.
- SALUTE: What gear do you use for production?
I can go so far with production before I collaborate with other producers. They help me to achieve the sounds that I want so I’ve needed some guidance on that. I’ve got my Røde microphone, I’ve got my MacBook with Logic and MIDI keyboard. I’ve got my little setup, which is very much home studio and DIY. Whenever I’ve got free space to record I’ll often just do some voice notes on my phone as well. It’s been great to be able to focus so much on music whilst at uni.
- SALUTE: What’s been some of the creative inspiration recently with your writing?
I’ve always been fascinated by fame culture and Hollywood. I listen to a lot of Lana Del Ray and I think that there’s so much tragedy behind the scenes in these types of communities. When you’re tied to responsibilities at uni and at work it can become quite mundane so you look for inspiration elsewhere, and the Hollywood culture feels like such a fantasy. It is still such an escape for people that I think it’s really interesting. It’s a distant view but we are all so close to these people.
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