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  JUST JACK INTERVIEW

  Just Jack aka Jack Allsopp


JUST JACK CONTEST!

Win one of TWO Just Jack prize packs, each with:
- 12" vinyl single of "Snowflakes"
- Just Jack CD sampler
- Just Jack sticker

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IF YOU KNEW (JUST) JACK
By Carl Noone Jr.

IF.
If The Streets had a lot more soul.
If Dizzee Rascal weren't so jittery and warbled sounding.
If you could combine the inflection and tone of U.K. Rap with the polished, brooding delivery of Eminem (and his slightly over-produced catchy beats), into a nearly curse-less rhyming masterpiece of a package, it would be Jack.
Just Jack.

If you heard Just Jack, then you would know, and feel, what 28 year-old Jack Alsopp feels. At times it hurts; most of the time. But it can be fun and upbeat at times. And it has a LOT of soul.

It is The Outer Marker, his spectacular March 2nd TVT debut. Years in the making, it is his opus to street life and the working class, with a lyrical stab towards the cause of heart-broken males everywhere... done with surprising clarity and intelligence.

"I just make music. I just kind of roll with it. If you make music for a living, then you have to promote your record. You just have to learn to "get on with it' ", says Jack, about learning to cope with the sales end of the creative process during a recent visit to New York City.

And roll with it he does, with style and grace... and a little help from Robert Smith of the Cure. The legendary Goth god himself approved the sample from "Lullaby" which drapes the vocals of the obvious first single, "Snowflakes-Cured by the Temple of Jay Mix". The inventive remix helps round-out an amazing first at-bat for this Camden, England native.

A DJ since the age of 14, Jack has always been influenced by what he calls "black music of all kinds". ".....textured Hip-Hop, with an ear towards 2-Step and down tempo, ala Massive Attack....." are only some of the comparisons being made by the press and critics worldwide about this heir apparent to the Throne of Tricky.

"If you get bothered by it, you might as well give it up. Of course every other single artist will come out and be compared to someone else. Comparisons are often to just let people know what they are buying. If your friend asked how a certain record was, you often use another band as a reference point, so (being compared to Mike Skinner of The Streets) isn't too bad", he says, referring to the often-made teaming of their names in magazines.

But Just Jack is more. He has a bit of that sneering cockney attitude, but (thank god) not as much as Skinner, and is eerily fueled by the ghost of Marvin Gaye. They (my parents) listened to Carly Simon and James Taylor; a lot of this hippy kind of stuff. I listened to Fleetwood Mac a lot. It moved from there to U.S. House, then later, Soul he says of his many musical influences. If Marshall Mathers and Smokey Robinson were Gay lovers, and men could give birth, then......
Well, you get the picture.


"Paradise"; "Eye to Eye"; "Triple Tone Eyes"; all catchy romps with infectious lyrical snippets of brilliance. Yet Jack remains shy and thankful for the opportunity to bring his music to the States. "It's amazing having the chance to travel and meet people. You know, some of it is really a blessing. It's really great. "

And he says later about the whole breathtaking experience, "I haven't been to the U.S. since I was five and I've never been to New York City before this. It's been quite a "trip". I want to go see the Empire State and Central Park and all those tourist-y kind of places", heard with an obvious sense of awe in his voice during his two-day press blitz held this past February 5th and 6th in Manhattan. And I want to shop for some records. Yeah, do some record shopping for sure, he adds.

While in the States, he sang and DJ'd for guests of the industry and members of the media at a select few nightclubs (I played some 80s U.S. and U.K. Hip-Hop, some old 70s Soul and Funk he tells me later) and completed a list of phone and in-person interview requests, photo shoots, and whatever type of demands the international publicity of major-label debut CD required of him.

I never planned any of this in the first place. I never thought it would get this far, he quips when I remark about long-term goals. It was never part of a conscious career path. Its just something I decided to do because I love the music that much. Honestly, I never considered myself a performer. I have a degree in Furniture Design and the music just happened to turn into something. Its all still quite shocking to me.

But the world is quickly learning to love Just Jack. In 2003, after successful summer gigs at the Leeds, Edinburgh, and Reading (U.K.) Festivals, and sold-out winter appearances at the infamous nightclub Cargo, Jack was signed for distribution in the U.S. and Scandinavia. Now currently working on his second release, Just Jack has broken onto American radio airwaves, with Snowflakes now currently making a mark on San Franciscos LIVE 105 and various Los Angeles FM request lines.

The video has been re-cut, actually, he tells me about the obvious MTV-bound piece of visual propaganda for The Outer Markers debut single. The single is for the remix, and we just re-cut the video, which Im actually going to see this afternoon, he adds. Of course, I'd jump at the chance to work with him, but I didn't make the remix. I love the Cure. They made some great records he tells me, referring to his admiration for Smith, one of rocks living legends.

With such a quiet sense of professionalism and heartfelt respect, Just Jack just might be the next name on that list of rocks living legends.

 

 

 

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