EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: JACK FU | PERFORMING DECEMBER 17TH AT BAR NINE

Jack FU is a solo project dedicated to making people dance with high energy rock!

In anticipation of their live show with us on December 17th at 9PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home-base in New York to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
JACK FU: Jack FU is a solo project dedicated to making people dance with high energy rock.

BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
JF: Jack FU is an alter ego for an already prolific song writer who, with help from drummer and administrative coordinator Ben DeUrso, releases one album a year.

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JF: Fat Randy, Rogozo, Koogler, Died, Department of Everything

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
JF: To host a nationwide open mic -or- build a sustainable music community.

BN; Who writes the songs, what are they about?
JF: Albany Girls is a story of love, heartbreak and lust. Back and Forth explores inter-musician relationships.

BN: What's your opinion of George Bush?
JF: I think he could have invested more time playing sports with Jeb.

BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
JF: By sharing the story, canonizing our journeys and archiving our accomplishments. We can't control whether or not people connect with the music but we can control the lens they listen through.

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
JF: There is a lot of hair and there is a lot of guitar.

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
JF: Hasn't deterred my resolve to record music.

BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
JF: Bleak but it's okay if you have friends to jam with.

BN: What's your claim to fame?
JF: I ran a 4:28 mile in my junior year of high school.

BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
JF: There are some days where I wake up at the crack of dawn and Ben drives me to the studio. We pluck away on the handful of Citizens' Loft albums we're working on. By the end of the session we have a practice we need to go to and by the end of the practice we have another gig. The two of us set up and break down often accompanied by a third person who helps out of pity or guilt.

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
JF: The desire to impress my closet five friends.

BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
JF: Don't dream it, be it.

BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
JF: When my friend drops name while asking his parents to drive us to McDonalds.

BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
JF: It fills the void that would otherwise be silence. 

BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
JF: Unique percussion and strange vocal arrangements.

BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
JF: Inspiring availability.

BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
JF: The best is support received from the staff. The worst is telling under 21 musicians they can't play

Stephanie Schmid