Last year the Slough-born Jack Da Union scored big with tunes such as ‘Receipts’ and ‘Lock Down’. Now he’s looking to cement his status as an up-and-coming talent with ‘Runway’. We spoke to Jack about his music.
The one constant that remains is, whatever I do I try and keep it edgy!
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from when you were establishing your sound?
I used to listen to all types of genres growing up but I couldn’t really isolate one particular artist that influenced my sound but my subconscious must have just grouped together the stuff that it likes.
How would you describe your style?
Unpredictable - lol - you may find me on a country and western track, singing or rapping over some dance music or just keeping it old school and spraying some of the best bars hiphop has heard. The one constant that remains is, whatever I do I try and keep it edgy!
Why the name Jack Da Union?
I wanted something unique as well as familiar, and at the same time I wanted there to be no disillusionment over where I was hailing from. People interpret the phrase ‘Jack Da Union’ in different ways, and I’m cool with that.
If you could work with one living artist, who would it be?
This is a difficult question for me, but it has to be an artist completely dissimilar to me that I can learn from so let’s say Stevie Wonder.
How did Channel U and AKA help kick start your reputation?
It’s only now that I can look back and see how impactful it was from all the feedback I receive to this day from that era of music, but I have to be honest and say at that point I wasn’t really taking music seriously, so I didn’t appreciate the achievements at the time. However, I believe that I created a splash in the ocean and I should’ve kept the wave going.
You’ve toured with Wu Tang alongside Skinnyman and Jammer, what did you learn from them?
Professionalism and procedure, lol, for me working with artist I listened to in my younger days was my greatest experience and I will always be grateful.
Your tunes ‘Receipts’ and ‘Lock Down’ were significant releases last year. What impact did they have?
I think they showed my versatility and how diverse I can be as an artist, but, more importantly, I got a lot more international recognition. When I released N.F.A. Rick Ross followed me on Twitter and that blew my mind, I knew I had to follow up with ‘Receipts’ being that it was filmed in L.A. Venice Beach and I hoped to be taken seriously based on that premise alone. ‘Lock Down’ was just perfect for me as I ticked a few personal boxes for myself, as I took it back to where it all started for me, filming in my hometown. Ironically it got more stateside support than the video I filmed in the ‘States’
Tell us about your new single ‘Runway’. What’s it about?
‘Runway’ is basically saying look how far I’ve come - but this is still the runway and I haven’t fully taken off yet, but it’s coming! Visually I wanted it to show how I escape the hustle and bustle of the ‘Rat Race’ and show a deeper side to me.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
Lol, I don’t write music I just make it in my head at the time or store it in my brain for later. I recorded at Ayo Beatz studio, we did ‘Lock Down’ and ‘Runway’ all in a matter of hours, I had bars swimming around in my brain, and I made the bridge and the chorus virtually on the spot. I originally sung them by myself but just before the release I got a vocalist by the name of ‘Nefer’ to sing in tandem with the bridge and parts of the bhorus.
How does ‘Runway’ build on your style and previous releases?
Stylistically it’s more upbeat and I enjoyed making the chorus. In my personal opinion it’s ‘catchy’ as hell, and has to be the benchmark for anything else upbeat that I release.
What are your hopes for ‘Runway’?
To me Runway is the start of a different direction I hope people enjoy it and get with the wave!
What are your plans for the end of 2018? Any tour dates?
At this moment in time I wanna focus on creating art for a variety of different artists and honing my own talents, only after that will I be focusing on touring again.
Watch the video for Jack Da Union on YouTube below. For news head to jackdaunion.com.