Jackson Whalan and his live band recently recorded five songs at Pilot Recording Studios in Housatonic, Massachusetts with videos simultaneously filmed in-studio for each. Produced by Jackson Whalan, the project will be digitally released across all streaming and download platforms on Friday, June 21, 2019 as an EP titled Epic Proportions.
Comprised of musicians who have been playing music together in the Berkshires and beyond for over a decade, Jackson Whalan’s band includes Jackson Whalan on vocals and sample pad, Jules Jenssen on drums, Brian Rosson bass guitar, Ian Evans on keys, Ian Stewart on trumpet and Tyler Gasek on saxophone. In addition, Michael Wilburof Moon Hooch is featured on vocals and saxophone for the song “Climate Chaos,” and Whalan’s “Bae” features cello samples by Dave Eggar.
The band’s emphasis on collaboration produces explosive content that has been defined as jazzy hip-hop, jazz-fusion, heavy metal rap, neo-soul, funk and conscious lyricism. Other songs include title track “Epic Proportions” with lyrics about protest and commitment to social justice; both the song and companying video nod to a 1970’s Starsky and Hutch/Boogie Nights/Dallas chase scene. “Whale” is a laid-back cut with an underwater feeling and witty metaphorical lyricism that features the music industry as the ocean and different mammals as players in the game. Whalan’s aforementioned “Bae” is a love song that explores what it’s like to meet someone new in a bar. Rounding out this melodic journey is “Dilla Report,” which is a purely instrumental composition.
Recorded at Pilot with engineer Will Schillinger and videographer and editor George Cox, the five songs showcase the band’s immense talent. The work is inspired by other successful live bands – from Lettuce and Anderson .Paak, to Vulfpeck, FKJ and others who have successfully used the power of live musicianship and the internet to rapidly garner attention.
As an impresario, Whalan is always honest. His work consistently acknowledges the universal themes of the human condition and offers lyrics meant to not only entertain and inspire, but to also invoke positive social change. Jackson Whalan and his live band have several appearances scheduled, including a concert on Friday, May 24th, at the Egremont Barn in Egremont, Massachusetts.
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