JACKSON DOLLINGER chats with TMI about his new EP “Social Isolation”
Hey Jackson! So excited to be chatting with you again! You are gearing up to release your new EP! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music? And what do you hope they’ll get from hearing your new songs?
Yes! I’m so excited for the release of my debut EP on January 19th! I hope my supporters love all 4 songs on it. They are very personal to me and I hope one thing my supporters take away from the EP is that they are inspired to take their feelings and make them into art.
What does this EP mean to you?
This EP means a lot to me because all the songs were made during quarantine, or this “Social Isolation” period. It’s really cool to listen back to the EP and think, “Wow, that’s really what I was feeling at the time.” It also is special because I made it a goal to finish my first EP during quarantine and I succeeded at achieving that goal.
Did you have any recording challenges because of the pandemic?
Nope! I have a home studio where I make produce, write and record my music, so thankfully nothing changed for me.
Will there be a music video for any of your new singles? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video?
Yes! There will be two music videos! We also produced three lyric videos and we will be releasing a music visualizer in place of a lyric video for the single “Walk Alone.” It is really unusual and I am hoping that viewers really enjoy it.
What do you enjoy most about playing and creating music?
My favorite part about making music is the creative freedom. When I go in the studio, I get to call all the shots and make the decisions. No one tells me what to do during that time and It’s super fun and refreshing.
What is the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
The best advice another musician ever gave me is that simplicity is key!!
What sets your music apart from others?
I would say the thing that sets my music apart from other artists is that I don’t stick to one genre. I’m always blending sounds and styles to create my own genre. Another thing that sets my music apart from others is the fact that I’m so young. I’m only 13 and I produce and write my own songs.
Do you attend writing/recording sessions? What makes a good session?
A good session consists of immaculate vibes. The number one thing that gets me inspired in a session is the scent of the room. I always have an aroma diffuser or a candle going in my studio. Also, keeping my phone on “Do Not Disturb” always makes for focused and productive studio time.
Are there any musicians/artists that you admire? What qualities do you admire most about them?
Yes! I admire Juice WRLD’s ability to craft melodies and his process for making songs. I also admire Justin Bieber’s image and the brand he has created for himself. I feel like in recent years he has really been true to his authentic self.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Please come up to me and say hi! Don’t be shy! I always love seeing my supporters and getting to interact with them in person.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Social media is such an amazing tool for artists to use to connect with their followers. I love seeing all of the kind messages and love that I get on social media. It is also a great vehicle to announce newly released music. I am so grateful for each and every one of my followers.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
My biggest goal right now is to continue to release as much music as possible! I love making music and I want to continue to do that because it truly makes me happy. I am currently in production on Season 3 of Sydney to the Max, but I would love to do a feature film when this season is over.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
My debut EP, “Social Isolation” comes out January 19th so set your reminders! Thank you so much for this opportunity and I hope everyone likes my EP.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.