Jackson Reed - 10 Questions Interview
Jackson Reed was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Being inspired by artists like Bruce Springsteen and The Who, Jackson is working to follow in their footsteps by creating commercial, radio-friendly music that can be enjoyed by everyone. In late 2019, Jackson’s newest single "Can You Feel the Rock and Roll" received radio play and over 20,000 plays on all platform. He also embarked on a short tour of the United States, playing in cities like Atlanta and Nashville. Be sure to follow Jackson to stay up to date on what he does next.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
There were two. The first was when I was 11 and heard Paperback Writer by The Beatles. That song was the coolest thing I'd heard, and piqued my interest in music, but I would end up losing that interest after a few years. However, about four years later I heard Stairway to Heaven, and that got me back in the game. It set me on the path I'm on now.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I went on a tour of the US last year. It was supposed to go from Statesboro, Georgia to Long Island, New York. The big problem was that it was extremely disorganized, and me and my keyboard player Jeremy Brigham decided to leave after three shows. Although, the last show made it seem worthwhile. We played in Nashville, got a great reception from the crowd, and had a member of Bob Seger's band (who just happened to be there that night) come chat with us after our set. The tour was an eye opening experience, for good and bad reasons.
What has been the high point of your music path?
This whole year. I had been running with the wrong people, and I began to feel like I wasn't going to go anywhere with music. Then by chance I met Eugene Foley, who works with artists I love like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. He was really into my music and we joined up. He's done more for me in the last six months than anything anyone else has done before that. While COVID has made it tough for a lot of musicians, I feel like it hasn't slowed me down at all.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I have a pretty unorthodox writing style. I'll hear melodies in my head and sing them into a recording device. From there I'll piece the fragments together. Another thing I do differently when I start writing a song is to do the chorus first. I believe the chorus can make or break your song, so I always work really hard to make sure it's catchy and strong.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
One thing I'd change would be to make social media less important. I think it's dumb how artists have to work as much on their social media presence as they do on music. I understand it's a big thing now, and it does provide a way to connect with fans, but I think in general social media is a problem and the world would be better off without it.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Bruce Springsteen without a doubt. Discovering Bruce was another important moment for me. Before that, I didn't want to be a singer, I just wanted to be the next Jimmy Page. But, it got to the point where I was going to have to start singing to continue in music. Bruce provided the perfect template for me, both as a singer and frontman. I think he is the greatest live performer of all time, and I want to capture the same energy on stage that he does. If I could play a show with him and the E Street Band, it would be a full circle moment. I would love to just play guitar in the band and watch Bruce's magic right by his side.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I try to rehearse as much as possible leading up to a gig. Sometimes musicians can be tough to work with in terms of organizing practice schedules, but it always works out.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I have a new song that I'm recording called "Song On The Radio." My goal with this number was to create the most radio-friendly pop song ever. I had the idea for a long time, but I didn't finish the song until earlier this year. I constantly changed things, and it took a while to settle on an arrangement that I was happy with. Now it's almost done, and I can't wait to hear the finished product.
What's coming up in the future?
I have some big things coming. In addition to the song mentioned above, I have two other songs I'm recording. Gene Foley and I will be sending them to some labels after that. Getting signed to a label has been my goal since I decided to seriously pursue music. This is the closest I've been to achieving that, and I feel very confident that things will work out.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My most recent release "Can You Feel the Rock and Roll" is on Spotify
My Instagram is @jacksonreedofficial