Hi Jack, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing well thanks. Obviously, it’s a pretty strange time for everybody, But I’m trying to make the most of it. Laying low, enjoying some time at home.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Spades”?
It’s my debut single and the first song I’d written in quite a long time. I took a bit of a break from writing music for a few years, I needed some time to refocus and think about what I was doing in life and where I wanted to be. So, the song is a bit of a summary and a snapshot of that time and what I was going through.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think a lot of things had just been building up. Writing songs really helps me to problem solve and understand situations a lot better, it helps me how I feel about any issues I’m having. And one after noon I was just sitting at home playing my guitar and it came out almost fully formed in about 30 minutes. Music really is magical like that.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The film clip was actually a little difficult to make seeing as it was filmed in the Australian Summer in a room with no Air conditioning, and I was wearing a full suit and trying to mime along to the track at double speed so we could slow it down in post. I was very happy when the director yelled cut on the final take. But working with Clint Lewis and Arthur Costa from Red Tape productions was wonderful, they are amazing at what they do and I’m really happy with how the clip came out.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing and recorded was a really simple and pleasant process. I work with a producer named Joel Myles from Head Atlas studios, we have been friends for 15 years and he really is a world class producer and engineer. We had a great time putting this track together.
What role does Australia play in your music?
It greatly influences my songwriting as it’s where I live and where I spend most of my time, so my environment plays a big part with regards to lyrics, and also a lot of Australian bands played a part in forming my sound.
How has War on Drugs and Queens of the Stone Age influenced your writing?
I can understand how I am compared to those artists as my sound is also guitar driven, however I haven’t drawn to much from the War on Drugs. I have however borrowed things from queens of the stone age, I love their early work or ‘Robot Rock’. They always have a heavy focus on rhythm and drum parts, which is extremely important to me as well.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely, I’m on my way to the studio after I finish this Q and A to keep working on my second single, it’s almost done and hopefully it will be out in the next few months.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s called the Outsider (That’s a worldwide exclusive)!
Any plans to hit the road?
I’d love to, I had a show at the Viper Room planned that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Virus. But I will be rescheduling that show as soon as possible. I will also be spending 3 months or so In New York once the travel ban is lifted so I can write music, and I’m sure I’ll be doing some intimate solo shows around the place.
What else is happening next in Jack Bratt’s world?
New Music, much more! Hopefully an album in 2021.
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