Hi/Jack – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HJ: The kind that doesn’t give up and believes enough in what we’re doing to keep going.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HJ: Hi/Jack was created when the bassist of my defunct band joined Ron’s band at the time. That band eventually ended, and the bassist wanted to do a one-off show with myself, and Ron on drums. The show went really well, and Ron and I kept in touch. After his band ended, we decided to jam and make a go of it. Well, almost seven years later, we’re still here.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HJ: All of mine come from Rock in some fashion, musically. Ron grew up listening to Jazz stuff like Buddy Rich and Motown with bands like Earth, Wind & Fire. Non musically, my Dad and his father are huge influences. They built their own lives and businesses. It’s quite inspiring.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HJ: The main one is to have the band eventually become the sole sustaining career for our respective families. Ron and I both work day jobs, and it would be great if the band could one day be the one job we had!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HJ: Musically, the songs are total collaboration. We just get into a room and jam. Lyrically, I’m the primary writer. The songs have been about all kinds of stuff; heartbreak, love, dreams, ambitions, anger, even current events. Whatever inspires me. It can even be as simple as something someone says in conversation.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HJ: Primarily through social media and word of mouth. Ron is fantastic at getting out and about to meet people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HJ: I think it’s all part of the evolution of technology. However, it’s not the end all be all. Many people still buy CD’s or Vinyl, and I think that’s great!
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
HJ: Challenging. Everything’s been about making that “quick million”. They’re hasn’t been a band like the Beatles or Led Zeppelin in years because the support isn’t there. It’s all about instant gratification. I wish labels would invest in artists and actually take the time to let them develop themselves.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HJ: There’s so many! But today I will say “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by the Who. It’s just so athematic and powerful.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HJ: Musically? None. That’s kinda been the beauty of this band.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HJ: There have been a few. But playing with Kofi Baker and being direct support for One Eyed Doll are at the top of the list.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
HJ: We only have two shows left for the year. Perhaps one more besides that. But every Hi/Jack show is worth coming to. We have yet to disappoint! We love what we do, and I think that comes through with every performance.