Jackson Watson has once again proves he is one of the best Pop singers on the rise and “Feels like yesterday” is a prove of that. Drawing inspiration from his favourite Pop singer Michael Jackson, He wants to give his fans what they have missed in decades, from great lyrics, to perfect composition to electrifying performances.
At the age of 16 Jackson Watson was already playing the guitar, piano, percussion, bass and Ukelele. His Grandfather Wilbur Jackson was a great musician, he played the trumpet and was well known by the locals. His aunty Pam Jackson played and performed alongside Joe Tex back in the day
With this musical background Jackson Watson is very confident he can live up to the expectations, and listening to his music this is not debatable.
When asked about his latest single Feels Like Yesterday this is what he had to say
“Feels Like Yesterday” is an acoustic pop song about accepting that the future between two people is no longer something to hope for. “Feels Like Yesterday” is destined to bring your audience a feeling of nostalgia and peace
More lights were shed on Jackson’s life and musical journey in a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh….
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Do you mind telling us your name ?
I go by the name Jackson Watson
Where do you find inspiration?
I find a majority of my inspiration in nature and studying the works oft he greats. One of those greats being Michael Jackson. He is the reason I have chosen to do any of this. I owe a lot of it to him. In addition, my late grandfather was a musician so being able to carry his legacy in a way has a huge impact on me.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
n the early years, music played a very important part. I can think of being around the house before school, my mom would be jamming to her R&B/funk jams from the 70s and 80s. Meanwhile, my sister would be blasting late 90s R&B and pop. My brother enjoyed his 90s and 00s hip-hop. It’s always been around but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I found what I truly enjoy.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
In a sense, yes. My grandfather, Wilbur Jackson, was a musician. He was a pretty well-known trumpeter around my hometown. He also taught band sometime in the 90s, I believe. My sister is really good at singing and grew up singing in the church.
My aunt is a singer who has performed for years and sang with Joe Tex back in the day. We actually just put two of her songs on streaming platforms a month ago — check her out by looking up Pam Jackson. The project is called “Hot Stuff.”
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
MJ played a huge part in that. I feel that once I get the luxury of being able to perform on stage, I want to bring back the energy of being an actual performer. There aren’t many modern day artists that will get on a stage, dance, tell a visual story, and put on a show. They sit, sing, walk, and talk. That’s nice and all but it never feels worth the money for the show.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
It all came natural, which has been the biggest blessing. I first started by playing percussion in 7th grade concert band at age 12. I began learning piano around the age of 13. I progressed to learning guitar at 16. I’ve since also taught myself bass and ukulele. As for the writing, it was a struggle at first but I truly dived into the art of writing when I was about 15 and it’s been a beautiful turnout ever since.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I went to see Harry Styles in 2018 in Atlanta and it was absolutely amazing. With it being my first concert, I had no idea what to expect. I often ponder back to the moment the lights when out and the intro began to play…the rush of adrenaline I felt was out of this world.
How could you describe your music?
I’d describe my sound as a blend of modern pop-style melodies with classic psychedelic-rock tones. I’d describe my writing as personal journal entries directly from the brain to paper. All together, it’s a combination of vulnerable and raw emotion with some of the slickest modern-meets-retro sounds you’ve ever heard. It’s a trip on nostalgia.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process shifts with each project I complete. For my newest album, “Numb,” I knew that I wanted to take my time making it. I forced myself to write everything first and to not touch the studio until everything was written.
I allowed myself to write chords and melodies as they came but I wanted to be prepared when it was time to get down to the production of it all. And, I’m so glad I did it that way because I feel everything turned out exactly as I heard it in my head.
What is your main inspiration?
Lately, my main inspiration has been futuristic art. I came across it on Instagram and it has been such an eye-opener for me. Although none if it is real, it has truly spoken to me. The account photosbysavg on Instagram in particular has been my biggest obsession. It may even inspire what I choose to do next…but more on that later.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Michael Jackson is who I admire most. He was an absolute genius. I’ve been a huge fan for years now but I still listen to his music and find new elements that shock me. In his later years, around the HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor eras, I find myself listening to the acapellas and instrumentals more than the finished products. It’s just so fascinating to hear about 85% of the track being him. Whether it’s subtle backing vocals, beatboxing, breathing, or whatever, it’s all so insane to me. I love it. I love him.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My style has evolved tremendously to say the least. I listen back to “Wolf” and songs I created around the same time on occasion and just appreciate my growth from then compared to now. I tried hard to be this mature psychedelic rock artist from the get-go but I backed away from that in an instant. I think now I’m at my most experimental and creative and I can’t wait to get back in the studio. I think my 3rd album is going to blow it all out of the water.
What is your favourite song to perform?
I have yet to get on the stage to perform originals, unfortunately. However, when I do get up there, I will be so excited to perform songs like “Love for You,” “Peaches and Cream,” and “Eye Candy.” There’s even a song on my new album called “Get Better” that I cannot wait to perform. It’s going to be such an experience.
Why did you choose this as the title of your new project?
“Numb” came about as the album title pretty early on. It signifies remembering who you are while being caught in a crossfire of love and hardships. It symbolises to not forget who you are and your own worth, and if you do, then know it’s time to step back and reflect.
It’s also been a theme in my discography to name my albums after the people the project is mainly about. I might get into some trouble admitting this but it’s just how I do it. I think that when I’m older and listen back to these projects, I’ll see the title and it’ll bring it all back to me. I consider all what I’m creating and releasing as a part of a time capsule.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t really have one of those yet, unless I include myself. I’m always looking for ways to one-up myself from the time before. I think that’s human nature, though. We all want to evolve and be better than before.
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music, I enjoy watching movies and catching up on some good literature. I’ve gotten into reading a lot more in the last year or so and it has so far paid off. Poetry is my main source of entertainment when it comes to reading. I think that the more I read and expand my knowledge, the better I can write and grow. It’s all connected.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Well, this is a tough question. As much as I want it to be, this music career isn’t number one…yet. I think I’d be a bit more lost and far out without the music but it’s slowly finding its way to the top of my priority list. It’s very close.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
As small of an artist as I am, I still receive nasty comments from people. It’s mainly nonsensical insults from strangers but that stuff can still get to you a little. I consider myself a strong and confident person but sometimes the knife cuts a bit too deep. I struggle a bit with my voice and I feel people know that so when they go for that, it’s harder for me to get back up from it.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I’d change all the rules it seems artists have to follow. You have to have this many engagements to be seen, you have to make a song of this length to get on radio, you have to do this for that. All the rules are so silly to me. Artists back in the day made music up to 12 minutes long and their fans enjoyed it.
Artists would make club mixes and fans would dance to them. I feel the attention span of an average listener in the 2020s is so low that it is affecting how music is made. I’d also get rid of the necessity of genres. Who cares what category a song falls under? Music is music, it’s going to change, it’s going to blend, and that should all be okay.
What are your plans for the coming months?
My sophomore album, “Numb,” comes out in October, so I’m in the process of getting ready for that. I’m so excited for the world to hear it. I hope to make some cool visuals and find people to help bring those visions to life. I honestly want to focus a majority of my time toward getting this album in the hands of brand new listeners. I believe “Numb” is a wonderful project that has a song for everyone out there and I hope it finds them.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Not currently but I am always up to it if it feels right. I love the idea of two people with good musical intentions collaborating and bringing the world an amazing track or album. A lot of the best songs were birthed from a collaboration of sorts. My favorite song on my new album is called “Chameleon.” I read the children’s book ‘A Color of His Own’ during a down day at work last May and it sparked an idea for that song and for a song called “Silver” that closes the album. In a way, those two came from a collaboration. That’s how I see it.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
For the fans and supporters out there, I thank you for your continuous support! I hope you enjoy this new single and the album when it comes out. “Feels Like Yesterday” means so much to me and for anyone going through the dispersing of a friendship, this is for you. Stay strong and remember: anyone who wants to remain in your life will and those who don’t, won’t, and that is completely okay. You have to learn to navigate without them and I promise that you will.