Jackson is the solo jazz funk project of multi-talented Bristol musician, songwriter and vocalist Jack Baldus. However, when it comes to performing his music live, he enlists the help of a fairly impressive six-piece band. His live accomplices include no other than five-time UK DMC Champion DJ Asian Hawk, who sings and scratches simultaneously, as well as trumpet player Gary Alesbrook, who has recorded for Kasabian.
This August sees the release of his third EP Push Through, which he has described as a concept album dealing with the current political climate and the weight of a Tory government and enforced austerity. He’s brings his EP launch party to the Galli. Make sure you join him for what is sure to be a memorable show.
1. What have you learned today?
There is a part of your brain called the Nucleus Accumbens. When this part is stimulated, you spontaneously smile (I travel a lot to and from gigs in one of my bands and the bassist is teaching himself about neuroscience, which passes the time on these long journeys).
2. Favourite track of all time?
Summer Madness by Kool & The Gang.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. You cannot sit still when this comes on.
4. Who are your top three acts right now?
Thundercat, Anderson Paak and Radiohead.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
I’ve worked in the music industry since I was 15 (I’m currently 29), but I used to have ambitions of working in the vice squad when I was younger. I think that would have been influenced by the ITV series back in 1999. Perhaps I would chase that half-baked dream?
6. What was the last book you read?
The Men’s Guide to Pregnancy by Mark Woods. My fiancé and I are expecting a baby by the way – I’m not a strange loner reading about the bodily changes of a woman and growth of a foetus for the fun of it…
7. Favourite thing on TV?
Curb Your Enthusiasm, which isn’t strictly on TV until October, but I’ve waited impatiently for six years.
8. Are you afraid of anything?
Yep – frogs and toads. It has an actual term: Ranidaphobia. So there must be enough fellow wimps out there to collectively give the fear of innocent little green hoppy amphibians a proper name.
It’s part of the show, but I’m basically a gorilla behind the keys
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I have used Nord keyboards for about 10 years now. However, I have gotten through on average one a year, as I’m so heavy handed. It’s part of the show, but I’m basically a gorilla behind the keys.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Walking my massive dog, arguing with my cat, cleaning up the excessive fluff from said cat and dog, writing music, managing two bands, then gigging at night – a standard Monday through to Sunday really.