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INTERVIEW: Jack Ellis

1. Hi Jack, Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello Vents, thanks for having me. I’m doing great, right in the middle of festival season and the sun is shining.

2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pistol Twisted Tongue”?

Pistol Twisted Tongue is a lively track that was inspired by the most humble, funniest Welsh legend that I’ve come across, they call him “Fast Eddie”. Rocking since the 50s and still always first to draw his witty pistol like tongue at any opportunity given.

3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Many memories with “Fast” helped me piece together this story, usually slumped in front of an open fire, confined in a bottle of rum at his Ivy Cottage off the beaten path of the South Wales coastline.

4. How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was filmed by The Burning Chariot Team shooting at “Fasts” through the day and taking over The Plough and Harrow through the night.The pub dates back to 1383 and the walls are filled with such character we thought we’d fill it with a few more characters and the night went down like a storm! The locals were dancing on the tables and “Fast” topped it off when he got up on the mic for the last track not knowing the words….complete “Fast” style.

5. The single comes off your new E.P “Out of Luck” – what’s the story behind this?

It came from the idea of a few questions, do we choose our own luck in life? Sometimes the most solid plans can turn array and leave us contemplating what if we had just a little more luck? would things turn out a little differently? I am creatively writing and recording, numerous feels, moods, ambiences and I have chosen these 4 tracks as they all shared some similarity which sat around the contemplation of what if?

6. How was the recording and writing process?

The E.P was recorded at Leeders Vale Studios by Jon Constantine. I’d go in and lay down the spine to each track, set the mood before we invited a select group of musicians in to play their parts. Rich Welsby came in first and smashed out 7 drum tracks in a few hours, we had numerous guitar and bass days swapping between Jon, Matt Taylor and myself. We also had a day with Emi McDade on backing vocals and piano and Sally Greenwell on viola.

7. How have The Stone Foxes and Gary Clarke Jr influenced your music?

I’d say Gary Clarke Jr is a much heavier influence in my writing at the moment. It’s his gritty blues infused guitar tones that have taken hold of me. I’ve recently stacked my pedalboard to the brim with fuzz and distortions and am looking forward to taking this to the stage!

8. What aspect of luck did you get to explore on this record?

I’ve had plenty of material flooding out of me due to a rough patch of luck these last few months. From my whole house flooding, losing most of my possessions and losing my car in an accident led to plenty of sofa surfing. Sometimes stripping a writer to a ‘bare minimum’ can be of great benefit!

9. Any plans to hit the road?

At the moment i’m up and down the country with festivals up until September, but I think a trip over to Europe could definitely be on the cards after that!

10. What else is happening next in the Jack Ellis’ world?

I have just got my studio back up and running so am creatively writing and recording. I’m currently working on another group of tracks, with a slight change of feel and mood to them, who knows I could even bust this into an album!

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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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