Interview with Andi Jackson

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The artist’s new Album ‘Sub Horror’ is out now 

Andi Jackson is a multi-instrumental artist from Manchester. His eclectic new album “Sub Horror” is out now, and it jumps from different genres like stoner rock to jazz, while remaining incredibly consistent. I talked with Andi about the release, his background and personal record label and more. 

HELLO ANDI, CONGRATULATION ON YOUR NEW ALBUM ‘SUB HORROR’, TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS RELEASE AND YOUR STORY UP UNTIL NOW. 

Thanks, it is my 3rd solo release, and was created and recorded in lockdown phase 1. It all came about pretty quickly, I started to demo ideas and before I knew it I had an album. It is very hypnotic throughout and each track has its own character, this record definitely feels like it is more focused than its predecessor but gives the feeling that you are trending in unknown territory. 

I released my 1st solo ep (Excerpts) in 2017, something I always thought I would never do, as I have been playing in bands for a long time. I currently play in Our Man In The Bronze Age & Shuck, both have new albums on the way. I also run my own label (Fr33zehead) with my friend Beanie. All of those things keep me pretty busy, so I don’t tend to get much time to work on solo material, the pandemic changed that for sure. 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN INFLUENCES BEHIND THE ALBUM, WHICH ARTISTS AND GENRES INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?

The main influence for this album came from the likes of Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Guru Guru, Cluster and Pink Floyd’s 1st & 2nd albums.  

’ANTENNAS’ WAS THE SINGLE THAT ANTICIPATED THE ALBUM. AS WITH SOME OTHER SECTIONS OF THE LP, IT HAS SOME JAZZY PARTS THAT DEFINITELY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BLEND ROCK AND JAZZ TOGETHER?

My subconscious from listening to a lot of The Mars Volta growing up is without a doubt a large influence on that front, also Miles Davis Electric Period and Gong also have a huge part to play in the influence of those styles.

 YOU HAVE YOUR OWN RECORD LABEL FR33ZEHEAD RECORDS WHERE YOU MANAGE ALSO OTHER ARTISTS TOGETHER WITH YOUR RELEASES. HOW’S RUNNING EVERYTHING ON YOUR OWN AND THE DIFFERENCE YOU NOTICED FROM HAVING ANOTHER LABEL DOING THE WORK?

The main thing when self-releasing and running your own label is you have complete control and there is no compromise or boundaries set by others. You can release what you want, when you want. To me that is another form of art.

HOW WAS PRODUCING A WHOLE ALBUM BY YOURSELF DURING THIS PECULIAR PERIOD OF TIME?

 I really enjoy production, the most fun part is finding the sounds you desire. It’s like colouring a picture. It is a new learning curve every time. I owe a lot of how this record sounds to my good friend Jon Perry who helped mix it and played drums on the album. He helped me execute things the right way.

YOU ARE A MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENTS AND AN INSTRUMENT YOU WOULD LOVE TO LEARN IN THE FUTURE?

I started out as a guitar player but my favourite instrument is Bass, I always write the bass line 1st, and then add to it. I would love to be good on piano / keys, at some point I would love to learn properly, get that left and right side of the brain working. 

YOU ARE DEFINITELY PRETTY BUSY WITH YOUR OTHER PROJECTS SHUCK, LAKE OF SNAKES & OUR MAN IN THE BRONZE AGE, WHAT ARE THE PLANS YOU HAVE WITH THEM YOU ARE MOST EXCITED TO SHARE? 

I am very excited to share all of it. 

Shuck has a new album on the way, which we recorded last year, it is currently being mixed, and could well be out in the next few months or so, it’s a rager! 

The Our Man In The Bronze Age album is ready to go, we are just ironing out some creases with regards to the release, it will hopefully be out by the end of the year, we took our time with it, it’s progressive and epic. 

And Lake Of Snakes 1st single GG Allin (Self Loathing Man) is out now through Fr33zehead.  We have an album coming,  which is planned to be released to cassette maybe later in the year?

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT IN STORE FOR THE UPCOMING MONTHS? 

The next few months will involve working on some future releases for Fr33zehead, I have started working with a friends band called Slow Knife, so we are planning a release for them.

Shuck have a few shows booked over the summer, and we are playing Raw Power festival in London. I have missed shows a lot. 

And then some albums to follow later in the year.

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