The beautiful thing about electronic music is you can build soundscapes. Soundscapes that transport you somewhere, and help create an atmosphere that was quite simply impossible before. Pair that with a stunning vocal, and you have a piece of music that you need to plug in some good headphones for, sit back, and just appreciate.
That long-winded description I just gave you there is actually about this next act we're about to introduce to ya. He goes by the name of JAKL, and his lead single, funnily enough, titled The Jackal, really is a beautiful piece of music. Listen to it below, and then read on to find out some of the writing insights behind it, as well as his inspirations...
Hey JAKL, thanks for talking to us here at Popshade. Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I'm JAKL, I'm a London based artist, songwriter and musician
The Jackal is a beautiful debut single. What was the writing process behind it?
Thank you! The song actually came before I'd started the project or chosen the name. It was a song that was particularly important because i felt it captured what i was trying to do sonically and it dealt with a lot of the themes I wanted to write about. So i named myself after the song.
What’s next after the single release? An EP? And album?
I'm in the studio this week with James Earp (who's amazing...) We'll be finishing some songs and the idea is to get a body of work together and release an E.P next year.
What have been your major influences as a musician?
My Dad is a musician, so having that to draw on when I was growing up was great. Musically I think I take a bit from every genre. From pop, choral music, alternative, gospel, world and electronic I'm a bit of a musical magpie.
For those that haven’t been able to catch you live yet, how can you sum up the experience?
Live JAKL is a three-peice. Drums, bass, piano.. Lots of sounds triggered on electronic pads, Oceans of reverb and visuals to go with it.
We’re a pop site, so we have to ask - who is your favourite pop musician of all time?
Boring answer - but it has to be Michael Jackson
And what’s one pop song you’re loving right now?
'What do you mean' by Justin Bieber has seriously grown on me. When i first heard it I didn't get it. But i found myself humming it on the tube this morning.
You played a Sofar Sounds show a few weeks back? How was that?
It was great.. I loved everything - from turning up early to set up as people where cooking their dinner, to grabbing a drink at a bar made out of a broken piano. It's a great idea to get people to experience music in an intimate way - and promote live music from it's current status of often being soundtrack musac on a night out. I've been asked to play another sofar show at the end of this month. So keep your ears to the ground about where that might be..
We are nearing 2016, what do you hope to accomplish over the year?
There's so many things you can't control in the industry. It may some like a bit of a hippy answer, but I would say my main aim would be reach as many people as possible with my music next year... I'd quite to get booked for Glastonbury again too..
Finally, where can peeps find you?
We are headlining the St Pancras Old Church on the 10th of December. It should be a really special evening. You can get tickets HERE.
And if you want to hear more JAKL or follow me.. I'm online here:
We'd like to thank JAKL for taking the time to answer these questions.
Well, there you have it. Hopefully you found these answers as interesting as we did, and gave The Jackal the listening experience it deserves. Make sure you cop tickets for that Old Church gig, we reckon it's gonna be pretty damn special.