Jackson Whalan is a producer and lyricist, originally from The Berkshires, MA. He brings a stunning variety of hip-hop with live and electronic music; inspiring dancing, social movement, and thought provoking ideas. Born in 1991, Jackson has been rapping and making beats since age 11. His performances and recorded music often include special guests and live instrumentation, taking audiences on a dynamic journey with consistent momentum, and capturing the impact that is felt when live instruments and beats combine. Jackson also likes to freestyle and improvise rhymes on the spot for his audiences. You may have seen him appear as the S.N.A.G. (Sensitive New Age Guy) alter-ego with his widely acclaimed music video, an exposition of his comical side. He performed original music for peace at The United Nations Headquarters at age 16, graduated from The New School, traveled to India, licensed his music in film and commercials, and has worked as an engineer in recording studios, while continuously touring and putting out new material. After almost a full year of national touring as direct support for Moon Hooch, Jackson released his album, Millennial Sound, on May 18th, 2018, with a slue of singles and collaborations to follow.
Jackson has collaborated and performed alongside Moon Hooch, Mr. Lif, Dave Eggar, Sean Cane, Myka 9, Lily Fangz, Stic.man, Killah Priest, Agent 23, Supanova Slom, Hip Hop Medicine (Dove Mosis), McQueen Adams, Tim Oakley, Brandon Lewis, Honeycomb, HAUX, Space Jesus, Esseks, Jade Cicada, Jules Jenssen, Will Schillinger, Robby Baier, Raiche, Gravitas Recordings, Griz, HEISS (Rest In Peace), and many more...
“Jackson Whalan combines a love of hip-hop, electronic music, live instrumentation and socially thought-provoking lyrics.” - Chris Meyer (Live For Live Music)
“What a breath of fresh air. In a world that sees new music scribblers and celebrators of emerging artists bombarded with cliched, mumble rap set to that same trap beat and taking that same self-aggrandizing lyrical tough man act in an effort to just gain more views, likes, followers, money, gold, cars, houses… ad infinitum, it is great to come across someone working in the very broad urban music field that really breaks the mould.” - Dave Franklin (Dancing About Architecture)
“Whalan has made ‘a lifelong commitment’ to make music that speaks to others. The rapper and producer released Millennial Sound, an album that seeks to address the struggles and concerns of his generation. Whalan has engaged in causes such as Occupy Wall Street in his personal life, and his solicitude for those issues often makes its way into his lyrics.” - Danny Jin (The Berkshire Eagle)