INTERVIEW: Jack Massic

How would you classify your music?

Tropical House/Pop.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want my fans to receive a positive message while they enjoy and have fun with my music. That’s why I try to be very careful with the words I use in my songs. That’s also why I chose a genre that is very popular throughout the whole world. Actually, the word Massic came from the fusion of two words: massive and music.

How’s the current music scene in Miami?

I think the music scene in Miami is growing faster than ever before. Maybe the growth that the city is having lately from an architectural point of view, is helping to attract new listeners and new cultural investors. It also helps, that Miami offers such a cultural diversity.  New fusion of sounds / genres / cultures = new music = new acts = new venues.

What’s the story behind your recently released single “Always”?

Always is a song that was made between Miami and LA.  I composed the whole melodic parts in my piano and co-wrote the lyrics along with Jay Parish. From the beginning, we wanted the subject to be “Love”, but seen from a different perspective. We pictured a song in our heads that could portray love through the eyes of two brothers instead of a couple.

The track took some time to be done, but I really enjoy trying different concepts for my tracks. I wanted this song to have some Caribbean hints in it and some acoustic sounds as well, like acoustic pianos and folk guitars.

The video is pretty original. How did you come up with the concept?

When we had our first meeting with the director, Nicolas Achury, we explained to him what the lyrics were about. There was a word that triggered the whole concept: Brotherhood.  From that moment, everything rolled so smoothly. For the next meeting, Nicolas presented us a storyboard, which included the concept of the bicycle, some locations and the two little brothers! That storyboard was basically the same video that’s live now on Vevo.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Green Day (Bogota, 2012).  The best thing about playing live, is having the opportunity to see people having a real reaction/emotion caused by your music. That connection between the crowd and the artist is unbelievable.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

This question made me take a listen to Gravity, my first released single as an artist.  I feel that I have grown a lot, both musically and personally. Despite I’m still working on refining out my own sound, I feel that I’ve also improved on my compositional side.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Michael Jackson, no doubt about it.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming singles, albums or concerts?

There is one more single coming up, before the release of my first album (late 2017).

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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