How would you classify your music?
This will have to be a two part answer: as the lead singer, Tristan Jackson, I categorize The Cavalry as a mesh of genres split between alternative rock, pop-rock, and southern rock. As a solo artist, Tristan Jackson, I write songs with hints of pop, rock and country.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty
Guns and Roses
Better than Ezra
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Every song has its own lyrical story, and I want my fans to find their own relate-able journey to my life and my music.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? How does it differ from your previous work?
I had the pleasure of co-writing with some of my close friends for this album including country hit duo Love and Theft, Nolan Neal (former lead singer of Hinder), The Henningsons, Kenneth Duncan, and Isaac Shiman/Crooked King. Lyrically this new album defines my life journey, and sonicly it has more to offer.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
I love everything and hate nothing about this business. The entertainment business is my passion.
What is the best concert you have been to?
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedowns – it’s a show full of energy, life, and true rock with blues influence. I can relate to their shows via my live performances. It makes me take mental notes.
What do you like most about playing live?
What I like most is the energy between the fans/Cavalry Nation and myself. I love jumping off of stage, onto tables, bars, on top of speakers, and hanging from rafters. I just love putting on a great, high-energy show.
Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
“Wake up call” is my personal favorite on this record. Fellow artist Kirstie Lane duets on this song. It is not just some sappy love song; it is a very relate-able relationship song between two people. I am also partial to “When the Radio’s Gone” because I wrote it with my good friends from Love and Theft as well as Isaac Shiman.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?
This is a great question. Over the past few years I have begun to develop more clarity for my vision and what I was trying to accomplish as an artist. I have had the blessings and opportunities to work with some great people, and the best part is still yet to come.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I would play a gig with Matchbox Twenty. I’d co-write a song with Garth Brooks. I’d have dinner with Taylor Swift. I’d definitely get drunk with Steven Tyler because he is cool as shit.
So tell us what’s next?
I am currently writing and working with Warner Music artist and hit A&E star Big Smo – who happens to be one of my closest friends. We have some great things coming down the pipeline. We are gearing up towards recording a new album as Tristan Jackson. We will be working with writer/producer Jonathan Edwards. As far as the Cavalry’s new EP, Build Your Own Empire, we are working with a great team at Tinderbox Music to release it to radio, film, and TV. As a visionary of both projects, I am excited to get to live this journey.
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