Special Interview: Samuel Jack

theaussieword.com catches up with UK singer Soul, Motown and Blues artist Samuel Jack.

NE9NDOZTTell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
My mum’s record collection and my dad’s passion for the blues.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
My motivation is to survive solely on something I love. I’ve never been a 9-5 and the better music I make, the closer I get to achieving that.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I guess every artist is after recognition of some kind – my goal is to become a successful touring artist. I’d love that. Past that, who knows? A Grammy would be nice. An Ivor Novello, a Brit or two!

Success, what is the secret to it?
Surrounding yourself with good people. Perseverance. And enjoying the journey.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Glastonbury 2015 and a mini tour of California.

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Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I don’t find one particular artist more inspiring than the next, it’s more that I find any artist that has their own true voice, and is honest with their artistry – that’s what I find inspiring.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I see myself making music. Anywhere that’ll have me. The industry is vast. Its hard to survive here – but as long as I can write and perform, I hope I’ll be ok.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I think the industry is an every changing beast. There’s been such a shift over the last few years in how the industry operates. The way we consume music now is as varied as ever. There are more ways to listen, buy and create it. For me, getting music out there is wonderful (and important obviously) but its what it does when it arrives that’s the tricky bit.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
The Cat Empire, Fat Freddy’s Drop…

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Plans are afoot to do a UK tour sooner rather than later. I’ve got Larmer Tree Festival coming up, a Sofar Sounds gig and a raft load of London and Southern England shows too.

Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music?
My debut studio EP is out on August 28th and it’s a raw and honest collection of stories with a load of passion.

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Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
I’m working towards further releases and possibly a full length record. At the moment I’m just writing all the time.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Support live music. Buy music and keep on listening.

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