Special Interview | Jack Colwell

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
My love of music was something that I’ve always had. I grew up playing instruments (my mother was a music teacher) and I’ve never known anything different.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
My writing is mainly confessional. Through my teenage years I was motivated to write to get a sense of closure on my personal experiences – something which I still do today as an adult. It’s the music side of things I’m interested in when it boils down to it.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I have two show dates as part of my EP release tour. 
MELBOURNE: 20th September at Empty Gallery, 471 Brunswick St Fitzroy w/ OLYMPIA ($10 on door) with a string quartet for an intimate evening. 
SYDNEY: 23rd September at the Newtown Social Club w/ Post Paint and Lupa J as part of the Rolling Stone Live Lodge series ($15 on door)  
I should be up to Brisbane early next year!

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
My music is inspired by confessional artists of the 90s. People like PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Courtney Love. I would say it’s rock music, with a lean of classical influence – harking back to my studies. Reviewers like to compare it to Nick Cave and Patrick Wolf but really it could be a range of different influences. It’s personal, and at times political.

What has been your biggest career highlight?
Performing at the Opera House. I’ve been lucky to be a part of the VIVIDLive festival – have worked with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Architecture In Helsinki and last year was involved in a tribute to The Avalanches, performing their debut album start to finish with Jonti and the Astral Kids. Definitely some moments I’ll never forget.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Kate Bush.

Any new projects in the pipeline?
A few, but they’re secret for now. I’m hoping to release a duet with my good friend Ella Hooper over the next coming months – but it’s still in the planning stages.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Olympia and Jane Tyrrell are both worth checking out. Two of my current favourites. On rotation all the time.

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 social media can be pretty boring – it’s useful as an artist but I think sometimes the real craft is how the “artist” is using social media, rather than the musical skill behind what they’re putting out… if you get me. I am glad people are enjoying my music, that’s all you can hope for really.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Practice hard. 

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