Jack Botts

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Jack Botts
Where are you currently based? Byron Bay

How did you first start playing music? I started teach myself guitar in the afternoons after school in grade 4.

How did you start busking and how has it influenced your live performance? I started busking with my mate Dusty Boots and it just kept going from there. Busking taught me so many things that I use in all my shows today. All the little things like breaking strings or talking to the audience. It all helps.

What’s been happening recently? Not a whole lot recently. Heaps or surfing around here and the Gold Coast which has been nice. And started writing new music again which is fun.

Your new EP ‘Slow Mornings’ is due to drop on June 4, what influenced the sound and songwriting? A lot of the writing and sound was influenced by bands I was listening to at the time. Mainly artists like Trevor Hall, John Mayer, Mt Joy, J.cole, and Jack Johnson is always pretty inspiring hahah.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with? ‘Hold You’ and ‘18th Floor’ were both recorded in North Vancouver, Canada at Park Sound Studios, and produced by Garrett Kato back in Byron. The rest of the track were all recorded and produced by Garrett Kato. All tracks were mastered by Simon McIntyre.

How did you approach the recording process? I tend to go into the studio with the smallest of ideas, (sometimes a blank canvas) and see what comes out of it. I don’t like going in with too many ideas if it doesn’t feel right. I like keeping it open on the day.

What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Slow Mornings? I had about 3 or 4 months of writer’s block whilst I was on tour late last year which was super frustrating. But once I stayed still for a week, I got back into that rhythm of writing again and getting songs down.

Where and when are you playing next? I’m playing in Adelaide next Friday 4th to kick off my national tour and heading to capital cities after that! Can’t wait!

How’s life on the road touring with your van? Love it! Obviously it has its highs and lows but I love touring the way I do. It’s just super easy!

What’s your van setup? Queen bed, fridge, kitchen cabinet, tool box, 3 surfboards, 4 guitars, about 5 boxes of merch and the rest of my life is in here hahaha.

Who are you listening to at the moment? I’ve been listening to heaps of Cordae and Anderson. Paak lately. Love it.

What do you like to do away from music? I figured all I really do now outside of music is surf hahaha. If I’m not surfing for exercise, I love running and being outside. But also I try and catch up with friends and family if I’ve got time off.

What’s planned for the rest of 2021? I finish this tour in June and then will have a bit of time off to chill and maybe write and record some more music. Then hopefully wrap up with some more shows towards the end of the year!

Favourite food and place to hangout? I’ve been having so much Japanese food for dinner lately its ridiculous haha. But I think the Salt Mill cafe in Currumbin is one of my favs for coffee.

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