Artist Spotlight: Terence Jack
After Terence Jack slid in to my DM’s last month with his impressive new song “Eastern Rise,” I knew I had to bring him back for a proper interview to get to know the singer-songwriter better. For his new EP, Jack has moved beyond the alt-folk of his last record and progressed to a fuller, more rock influenced sound, citing classics like the Beatles and Pink Floyd and I hear contemporaries like The Black Keys in the new tunes as well. Jack is wrapping up a month long tour cross Canada trek and will be releasing the Never Get Back EP soon.
WINDUP: How’s it going dude? Why don’t we start with a little backstory on how you got in to playing music and developing your sound
TERENCE JACK: I started to play music around 11 or 12. I didn’t have any musicians in my immediate family but we had band class and there were some kids that all took it up at the same time. There was some competitiveness between us, all which was healthy for us to improve faster. I really enjoyed the writing part when that started evolving.
Who do you feel are your biggest musical influences?
I listened to a lot of different genres throughout my life so it’s really hard to pin point. I’m always listening and absorbing. I think it’s always after that I hear things in songs. This record I hear little parts of Pink Floyd-ish sections, Beatles, and lots of others.
What was the first record you can remember buying?
I think the first one ever was God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies to be honest. I saved up my paper route money and bought a stereo and that album was on repeat for a while.
Let’s talk about the new EP. What was the biggest change from your last album, Reckless Abandon?
I guess the departure from alt-folk and into whatever this is. It wasn’t deliberate it just happened. I went into the EP with 25 songs knowing that I’d cut it down to 6-7 songs. Once Daniel Klenner (Co-producer) and I had selected our top songs some just naturally bumped out. I wrote a ton of country-esque songs that I have just sitting there and considering giving them to other bands.
What was going on in your life when you wrote the songs for this EP?
I was leaving 12-years of a different career behind me and being back and forth to Southeast Asia for that time. It felt like my whole world changed so much in 24-months and so there was a ton of vulnerability in it all. When you put yourself on the line it precipitates a lot of change. In change is growth and I feel like it was divine timing for the EP.
Can you give the back story on the lead single track, “Eastern Rise?”
“Eastern Rise” is a mix between the history of my love life and the different personality traits that surface along the way, as well as my adult life living between Southeast Asia and Canada. The personification of each of those personalities are the characters that appear in the song and how each one of those characters takes a deep piece of you with them for life.
Overall what were your goals with this EP?
Goals with this EP are to get the wheels turning and get a solid year of touring/playing and go right into a full length this coming fall. We want to build a team as well and get the right people on board. So far it’s exceeded expectations and it hasn’t even been fully released yet.
How’s your current tour going?
It’s going well we’re just on our way back across Canada now; long drives and really fun shows. Our Honda Odyssey and 8 foot trailer has been a humble dream team. She’s pushing on through. The Rockies were the toughest, getting passed by semi trailers going 50km/h uphill. It has been integral for polishing our live performance and have met some really great humans along the way.
What’s your favorite part of touring?
My favorite part of touring is the people we meet. There are some really interesting things that happen when the moon shows its face. The animals come out in people and it’s all pretty interesting to be a part of.
What’s the best show you have ever played?
The best show we’ve ever played. That’s hard to say but this tour has had some really high moments. I think the best is still yet to come this summer.
What’s the worst show you ever played?
I’ve played to no one but a bartender before and enjoyed it still. When that would happen I would usually just internalize and close the eyes and get into it anyways.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We are touring until end of May then playing festivals for summer, writing and planning the next tour, which I’m between European tour or Australian. I’m going to have to make a decision very quickly though as the time it takes to plan such a thing is nigh.