Jackson Whalan and His Band Bring Live Hip-Hop to "Epic Proportions". The five song Epic Proportions live band EP drops in full on June 21st. This first single is available on Spotify and SoundCloud, along with an EP Pre-order via Bandcamp. Get it all here.
The Jackson Whalan Live Band recently recorded five songs at Pilot Recording Studios in Housatonic, MA with in-studio video for each song. The project will be released as an EP titled Epic Proportions in the coming months (release date TBA), with a full-on video campaign aimed at getting some bigger shows booked for the six-piece group. On top of this, Michael Wilbur of Moon Hooch showed up to the studio and is featured on vocals and saxophone for one of the songs, “Climate Chaos”.
Fans who join Jackson on Patreon this month will have immediate, exclusive access to the project while it’s still unreleased. The first video is already available to Patrons, so now is the time hop on board and tune in!
VOCALS AND SAMPLE PADS
DRUMS W/ MIDI TRIGGERS AND SPD PAD
The band went into the studio in the midst of playing Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, Middle East in Cambridge, MA, and Shire Breu-Hous in Dalton, MA. With this three-show northeast run complete, the focus now turns to getting this brand new music and video out. For those who have not been introduced, the band consists of Jackson Whalan on vocals and sample pad, Jules Jenssen on drums, Brian Ross on bass, Ian Evans on keys, Ian Stewart on trumpet, and Tyler Gasek on saxophone. These guys have been playing music together in The Berkshires and beyond for upwards of ten years. Their deep friendship speaks clearly through the music, which has been defined as jazzy hip-hop, jazz fusion, heavy metal rap, soul, funk, conscious lyricism, and so on…
Ian Stewart &
TRUMPET AND SAXOPHONE
The next Jackson Whalan Live Band show will be on May 24th at The Barn in Egremont, MA, with an opening set by the JW live band drummer, Jules Jenssen, showcasing his MAD MIDI solo performance. Tickets available here.
On Saturday, December 29th at 8PM, Jackson Whalan will perform original hip-hop music with his live band at The Egremont Barn in Egremont, MA. Tickets are available here. Amidst frequent touring and consistent music releases over the past few years, a hometown show is a special occasion for Jackson.
The live band formation will include Jules Jenssen on drums, Brian Ross on bass, Ian Evans on keys, Ian Stewart on trumpet, and Tyler Gasek on saxophone. Here is some footage of their recent rehearsals:
In May of 2018 Jackson released his most recent album, Millennial Sound, an exposition of generational angst and a look at current affairs of the world through the lens of classic hip-hop production with a modern flare. He has since released additional music, and is currently based in The Berkshires with a studio space in Housatonic, MA, where he makes beats and records his vocals.
As the year ends, Jackson looks forward. He plans to release a series of singles and music videos in 2019, all of which will culminate into an album. He will continue to tour, strategically so, and is beyond excited about playing with a live band, a change of course from his solo DJ/Producer format of performing. Jackson claims, “the live band creates a huge impact. It’s like the instrumentation is the score, and the lyrics are the movie. I am so fortunate and thankful to have grown up in The Berkshires with such talented musicians who are also close friends. There is something about us all on stage together that can’t be felt if it’s just me spinning my beats. I feel like this band is going to go far.”
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Lyricist and hip-hop producer Jackson Whalan, joined by Grammy-nominated cellist and composer David Eggar and a high-energy band, bring his live show to Rockwood Music Hall (STAGE 2) on Thursday, Nov. 29.