JACK+JILL are an Indie band from Grand Junction Colorado. At Song Revelation when we first checked out JACK+JILL’s dynamic rock sound we were really impressed and were delighted when they agreed to share their music, experiences and inspirations with everyone at Song Revelation. Read the entire interview below where JACK+JILL discuss how they initially became interested in music, what they’ve recently been working on and what music their currently listening to when not performing themselves.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
JACK+JILL is a Colorado based Indie/Alternative Band. Their music blends dark grungy male vocals and soft female vocals with rich chunky guitars, and semi-sweet electric violin. Performing as a duo or full band, their high energy shows also feature drums, bass, & keys, along with more back up vocals.
Q: What is your musical background?
Jill has been playing classical style violin on and off since she was 4, and only in the past decade or so she began to stretch the boundaries of what her and her instrument can do. Jack has been involved with music most of his life as well, mostly church and school choirs. He has been in bands of all sorts most of his adult life. Brian is a multi instrumentalist and graduated with a music degree. Mike has received some studies in music, and has been playing the drums since he was a small child. All the members of the band are well versed in many styles of music and often perform a song completely out of its style at shows, just for the fun of it.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
The last 12 have been great, finished up our second album “Brightest Star in the Nightmare” and just made a music video for one of the songs: “Overplay Me”. It’s a really sarcastic song about pop music and the video is the perfect match for its puns. We were fortunate enough to have award winning director Todd Braley film, direct, and edit it. We have also been traveling a lot the past 12 months, hitting Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Wyoming, and we will be in Idaho this November. So we are definitely making our mark on the surrounding areas.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
We draw inspiration form everywhere it seems. We are blessed with the worlds greatest radio stations in the world I think we very much enjoy the College and the Community radio stations. DJ’s are passionate about the music they play, because they are the ones making the play lists, not some corporate machine feeding us with malignant monotonal pop songs. I still really dig the 90’s and miss the genuine feel of a true artists art. There are bands out there, mostly independent bands, that have that sound too, but they are simply not hitting the airwaves. Who knows maybe that’s a good thing… Everyone enjoys finding that band before they get famous.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Soundgarden, for getting back together and staying true to their format. I enjoy that they all write and contribute to the albums music. I think that is a rarity anymore to find that kind of collaboration- especially after such a long break. I also have always looked up to Fiona Apple and Bjork for breaking the mold, and finding ways to stay mainstream just enough to infect the general public, then quickly slip back into hiding. Almost like it’s a game for them.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Could you see Soundgarden, Bjork and Fiona on a tour together?
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Beastie Boys- RIP homie.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
There is no format, just time to take.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
They are equally important. You cant have a great melody and then not be inspired to write decent lyrics, and I think we’ve all had an experience where you hear something amazing until the guy starts singing… ugh. No matter the lyrical content there is nothing that’s gunna save that song unless “singer dude” shuts up.
Q: Where are you based?
Grand Junction Colorado
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s good actually. Everywhere is what you make of it, it’s a good place to have a family, go outdoors, be in a band… lol. Junction’s not big but there is still plenty to do here, and places to get away that are close by. I love the Mountains, and there are tons of them around here.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Our third album is in the works. We are really excited about it because the more we create the more we discover JACK+JILL’s true sound, our own little niche. Also we will be shooting another video for it to be released around the same time. Always booking shows.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to travel with family and friends, being able to be free enough to finally say we make a living through music.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
3rd album done, 1 killer new video, awesome tour dates.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We have been asked for 3 years in a row to perform at the Palisade Brewing Company’s Halloween party 10-27-12. They let us play on the roof… and its awesome. Since we play on the roof, there’s way more room to dance, and the place gets packed. Also we have a date at the Mesa Theater and Club 12-21-12. Yes, doomsday party. We will be playing with Zolopht and the Destroyers and the Pineapple Crackers. Craziness will be abundant and most likely overflowing.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Take a nap. Mmm, glorious sleep.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Over seas… where ever, we’re not picky. Maybe somewhere tropical?
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
” Don’t Stop Believing!” -Steve Perry
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
We have a brand new Official Music Video out right now! The song is called “Overplay Me” and it’s off our album Brightest Star in the Nightmare. We were pleased to work with Todd Braley, a brilliant award winning filmmaker. Please go check it out here http://youtu.be/RPPwlE7jNlk and give us some views!
Editor’s Note: JACK+JILL are a dynamic yet diverse indie rock band that infuse boundless energy with creative musicianship to make something appealing.
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