Know More About Mulberry & Grand And Their New Release

Jack Arky popularly known in the music industry as Mulberry & Grand is a Pop musician from the States who has recently released an original single titled “Round, The World Keeps Spinning Round”. We had a few questions and answers with him. Below are exclusive details on Mulberry & Grand and his new release.

Continue reading to know more about this amazing artist.

What is your real name?

Real Name: Jack Arky

What’s your official Stage Name (showbiz name)?

Stage Name: Mulberry & Grand

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What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, artist, dancer, etc.)?


How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.?)

I’ve been playing music and writing songs since I was a child. I studied classically and have a graduate degree in music composition. In addition to songwriting, I’ve also composed for television and have composed original music and sound design for theatre in Los Angeles and Chicago. Piano is my main instrument, but I also play a variety of other instruments including accordion, guitar and a variety of hand drums.

What field or genre are you into, and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?

I cross several genres of indie pop, indie folk and chamber pop. I think there is a nostalgic feel to much of my music and, if I’m being honest, pretty melancholy.

Know More About Mulberry & Grand And Their New Release
Mulberry & Grand
Round, The World Keeps Spinning Round

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?

I’ve been inspired by Father John Misty, Andy Schauf and songwriters of the past such as Harry Nilsson. My cousin Jason Mandell (of The Coals) is also a frequent collaborator who pushes and inspires me. Also I often respond to current events in my music. My EP “Days Go By” was an effort to create music to “mellow out” as our society seems to be spiralling out of control. This latest single “Round, The World Keeps Spinning Round” seeks to inspire action.

What was your first project and the people you worked with, and which year?

Well, I’ve been around for a while :). In LA I was with the acoustic folk band “The Coals.” You can see a video of me playing accordion with Steven Page of The Barenaked Ladies as part of a gig The Coals did with a group of musicians celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album. Prior to that, in the 1990s I was the piano player with a great songwriter by the name of Alan Andrews who tragically died in a car accident in 2007. At our height we were opening for acts at large venues in downtown New York. We once opened for Rick Danko of The Band, who asked us to remain on stage and we backed him up for an entire set, playing The Band songs from memory.

How many projects do you have so far?

Mulberry & Grand is my main project now. I have a collection of instrumental music, improvised piano that I’m planning to release under the name “John Jacob.” That should come out some time this summer.

How long have you been doing what you do?

Professionally as a composer and sound designer, I’ve been active for the past 20 years.

What do you look out for in this line of business?

“Look out for”….I’m not sure what you mean? Like something to be wary of? I think as a creator you always have to be mindful of protecting your work. But you also want to share it, to have people experience it. That’s my goal anyway; to reach people, hope they feel something, experience something in the music.

Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or, in short, any achievement?  Both in and out of your career path.  

Awards: I won a Chicago “Jeff” Award for Best Sound Design in 2008. I’ve been nominated for theatre sound design awards in Los Angeles half a dozen times.

What is this new release about?

The new release is about the feeling that humankind is at a precipice. Creatures who preceded us have gone extinct and ironically, it’s their very bones that create the stuff that threatens us. But we have the power, through reason, to change course. But do we have the will? That’s what the song asks. Either way, the world will go on, with or without us.

Who and how many people worked on it?

Personnel on the song: Jason Mandell on bass (frontman of The Coals), Justin Smith on drums (plays with the Coals and others), Geoff Matoon on Tenor Saxophone. Geoff and I are old friends from New York (he’s a session musician and college teacher). When I wrote the middle section of the song, I knew I had to get him to play sax on it. It was great working with him again. I play piano, organ, keyboards, vocals and did the string arrangements (using samples).

What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?

Next will be the solo piano project from me: coming out some time this summer. After that, I’ve got some new Mulberry & Grand material in rough form that I’ll polish next.

Young and vibrant man I am, God fearing, warm at heart. Music is bae food is life. If you've seen this then you know me!!!

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