Jack Landess is a pop singer, songwriter, and composer originally from Springfield, Ohio. He presently resides in Nashville, where he attends Belmont University and has made a name for himself in the music industry.
In January of 2022, he had a surge in creative energy and started working on his first project after that. Jack started overdubbing his older tracks and even worked on writing some new songs, one of which was titled “Mocean.”
Mocean is an upbeat and beachy surf rock tune that has a feel that is reminiscent of spring and summer. I had an in-depth chat with him in which he spoke more about his most recent work as well as the origins of his love for music, his objectives, and what he hopes to accomplish with music.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
Technically, my real name is John Landess but everyone has always just called me Jack.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been writing my music for about 3 years and started recording little demos during the lockdown. I’ve always been into music since I was a kid but I wanted to start releasing music this year because I felt I was finally ready for the task.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first project actually happens to be this song, Mocean (2022). It is part of an upcoming EP that I wrote, recorded, and produced myself! I’m super excited for people to finally hear it.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I think the whole recording process is a lot of fun but as soon as you finish a track or even the whole project, it’s really nice to kind of sit back and see what came from nothing.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
It’s honestly not too big of a deal. It’s a fun thing for me to do, especially while in college. If it works out then that’s sick! If not, that’s cool too. I think I’m really fortunate to have the people that are around me, they are incredibly encouraging and simply great people.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I’d say the fact that there are so many people who are more talented sometimes stops me in my tracks, like why am I even trying. But I have to remember it’s not about that and rather the fact that if any of my music can have a positive effect on anyone, then it was worth it.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It’s impacted it so much. It can create connections with other people infinitely faster than it could decades ago which has completely changed the game. Obviously, I’m pretty new to everything but yeah I’d say it can make it a lot easier for new artists to be found.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
I feel like I should be the one getting advice but I guess if I had any advice to give it would be something like this from my experience in this project – Firstly, something that helped me is to try to find similar sounds to bands you like and kind of mesh them together to find your own sound and try to replicate that into your recordings.
Secondly, voicing, chord structure, and song structure are really important to me. I think it is important to leave space for certain instruments you know will be in your song to keep the mix less muddy.
What is your current project about?
This song in particular is about being worried and uncertain about your future but having to keep moving forward. However, I definitely wanted a fun, beachy sound to contrast the depressing nature of the lyrics.
What does this song mean to you?
It means a lot to me, it’s the first song I’ve ever released which is incredibly exciting. But it was also really nerve-racking because you’re basically putting your work out into the world to be criticized. Either way, I was really happy with the way it turned out.
What are your hobbies?
I definitely love to hike, especially in Maine – it’s stunning up there. I also really enjoy watching movies with my friends. It’s those trippy movies like Inception and Shutter Island that I love to watch the most just to see their reactions.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I currently go to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I study Music Business and production there and love it.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you so much for listening! It means a ton when anyone listens to my music and there’s more coming soon so keep an eye on the horizon!