Just Jack Interview
Before his new single No Time is released MTV caught up with the North London lad.
Just Jack released his slept on debut album in 2002 but really came to the worlds attention at the start of this year when his Starz In Their Eyes stormed the charts.
Eight months on his eclectic sound and optimistic lyrics, showcased on album Overtones, have taken him around the world and pleased crowds at the biggest festivals. We caught up with him before the rather great next single No Time comes out.
Hi Jack, how have the last few months gone?
JJ: Everything has been wicked. Glasto was amazing as was T In The Park and Wireless in my home town!
Were you surprised by how well Starz In Their Eyes did?
JJ: Its been a highlight. When I wrote the song I expected it to be played at festivals but you dont expect to make tunes in your bedroom to be so massive.
Whats been the best part of the year?
JJ: The whole year has been the best moment, Travelling around, singing a song in a town square in Italy. Going to Amsterdam. When you go to other countries and people get it thats amazing. Ive also got a plaque on my wall for 10,000 plays on the radio- though they spelt my name wrong.
Whats next for Just Jack?
JJ: In September Im gonna do some work in the studio I think. There are a few people I want to work with. Im going to New York for a big show too.
Any plans for the third album yet?
JJ: Im starting to think about it. I did a cover version the other day and it was nice to get back and make some beats. I know so many musicians now.
Some of the next album I will do with my band. With this album the programmed stuff will be really quirky but Im probably gonna try to write songs on a piano too.
What kind of music have you been listening to lately?
JJ: The Police, The Clash and The Beatles as well as hip hop like Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
JJ: Id like to do something with Justice and I love Uffie. Damon Albarn too because the second Gorillaz album is incredible.
I need to something with (UK Hip Hop stars) Yung Gun and Doc Brown. Im definitely gonna do something with my mate Ali Love and Adele whos a friend of a friend- I was blown away when I saw her (live).
Any plans for the big UK tour this October?
JJ: Were doing a lot more songs, its a more rounded show. There will be a chance for the band to show off. It will be more an evening of entertainment.
What are your ambitions?
JJ: Ive gotta come up with some new ones cos Ive fulfilled most of my old ones! I guess to make a definitive album and to headline a festival- that would be amazing.
No Time is out September