Interviewer(s): Jeanine Woody (Station Manager) & Renata Pastuszack (Program Director)
Date of Interview: 11/21/2019
Location of Interview: Towers A1 Lounge
Aired 11/25/2019 at 8pm
RASCALTON is an awesome band hailing from Glasgow. Be sure to check out this super cool interview with Jack about his band and their experience breaking into the industry.
Hectic. Energetic. Fun.
RASCALTON’s journey so far happened pretty fast. They went from just practicing and jamming out together to preforming at different venues. The band is comprised of a group of friends from school that absolutely love what they do. They played about four or five gigs before performing in London where they gained momentum and their music started to take off. One of the first gigs they had was actually at Club Sabbath, which is where a lot of local bands perform, and was one of the first venues they sold out.
One of his favorite venues to perform in would have to be King Tut’s in Glasgow. Speaking of Glasgow’s music scene, Jack states that it was revitalized within the last five years and is massive now. He feels like the scene comes and goes in different places. This is reflected in the different songs they produce since they lyrics tend to focus on everyday topics that we all experience. In terms of their sound Jack believes it has changed and matured over the years which better reflects the path the band is hoping to take in the future.
Belief is a blessing, always a blessing and a curse.
One of RASCALTON’s favorite bands is The Clash. Growing up bands like Oasis and the classic UK bands inspired them to learn their respective instruments. Jack says that punk music is actually the genre he listens to the least. On the other hand, he cites hip-hop as an inspiration since newer hip-hop is a little angrier, so a fine line established between hip-hop and punk.
Through the band’s music Jack hopes to represent everyday life and create a connection between the band and his fans. Sometimes he feels like there are trends that happen in the industry and a lot of different bands come out that have this in-trend sound while the focus should instead be on the individuality of the artist.
A lot can happen in a year.
Next year he says the band will focus on creating more music videos since they currently only have one released for “Employee of the Month.” He says it represents the repetition of a 9-5 job. While trying to focus on the band’s music they are also working their everyday jobs, which increases the relatability prominent in their music. By focusing more on their music and being a live band performing gigs they are able to do what they love.
Be sure to check out their music and the full interview on our YouTube page!