Jackson Whalan and His Band Bring Live Hip-Hop to "Epic Proportions"

“Epic Proportions” single and music video out now! The five song Epic Proportions live band EP drops in full on June 21st. This first song off the project is available on Spotify and SoundCloud, along with an EP Pre-order via Bandcamp. Get it all here.


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 Ross on bass guitar, Ian Evans on keys, Ian Stewart on trumpet and Tyler Gasek on saxophone. In addition, Michael Wilbur of 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.

Photo by Avida Love Photography

Photo by Avida Love Photography

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, Thursday, June 6th at Helsinki in Hudson, NY, and Sunday, June 23rd at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) in New York City.

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Jackson Whalan is a lyricist and producer who creates classic hip-hop with a modern flair to invoke positive social change. He started rapping and making beats at age 11 when he discovered that the power of hip-hop gave him unstoppable purpose. In 2008, at age 17, he performed at United Nations Headquarters and again in 2013 to support the International Day of Peace. In addition to consistently releasing his own music and videos, Jackson also produces and engineers in recording studios for other artists. His music has been featured in film and television and he has toured throughout the United States, most recently as direct support for Moon Hooch. Whalan has an extensive catalog of original and collaborative albums, EPs and singles, and he has worked alongside a diverse spectrum of artists, including Mr. Lif, Dave Eggar, Myka 9, Esseks, Space Jesus, Jade Cicada, HEISS, Rabbi Darkside, Honeycomb and countless others. Jackson is known for his freestyle rapping at shows and is widely recognized for his comical side, expressed in his S.N.A.G. (Sensitive New Age Guy) music video. A graduate of The New School in New York City, Jackson now resides in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. He is currently focusing on his live band project in order to transform his live performance into an unforgettable experience for listeners near and far.