Jack Bashful is a producer and hip-hop artist from Lurgan who is currently based in Belfast, Jack has been rapping since he was 16, and started producing music about 4 years ago when he was 20. Jack spoke to The Jumble Magazine about his inspirations, his new music, and how he has been affected by the past year.
When it comes to music, I think I’m inspired most by a need to express myself. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s a really important part of why I make music. I’m quite an introverted person, and I don’t usually get to express my opinions or ideas as much as I would like to. I also feel like people don’t really get to know me that well because of it. But with writing songs and making music, it displays parts of my personality that people don’t usually get to see, and it’s a nice way to prove to people that I’m not just the quiet fella in the corner.
That being said, the reason I make music isn’t just for deep and metaphorical! I’ve just always loved rap music, and I feel like I can make a contribution to the art form, even if it is in a small way. Sonically, I’m inspired by the Golden Era of hip-hop (The Alchemist, Biggie Smalls) and modern trap music (Kenny Beats, 03 Greedo), as I find both equally enjoyable to listen to and create. The beauty of hip-hop is that you don’t have to be a gifted singer or talented musician to create it. For people like me who are neither of those things, hip-hop gives you a license to create in a way that other art forms don’t.
The past year has been strange, but it’s had its pros and cons. On one hand, it’s given artists a lot of free time to create and finish projects, but it’s also pretty much halted their ability to collaborate. Personally, I was in a place a year ago where I was making lots of music with other talented local artists and we had a lot of exciting things on the go, but the lock down put a delay on that. I thought about attempting to collaborate via email, but it’s hard to get the same chemistry as when you’re in the studio, and you can’t bounce ideas off each other in the same way. Time will tell how it’s affected things, but I’m hoping that people will realise how important the arts are after going such a long time without them.
Jack’s new album ‘Only Fools Die’ has just been released and is available to listen to on all streaming platforms.
Listen to the single ‘Love at First Sight’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist by clicking here.