TWIST caught up with Jackson Harris, an awesome (and cute!) solo artist from New York City! We talked about how he became a singer, who inspires him, his best date ever and more! Check out his video with the Shaytards above!
TWIST: How would you describe your sound?
Jackson: I think my sound is what I like to call contemporary pop rock. I think there's a lot of music out there right now that's great, but I wanted to kind of put my own spin on it and make music for kids my own age and not really try to cater too young or too old, but just sing from the heart and write my own music. You know, really put my energy into it. When the fans hear it, they really get to know me and want to hear the next song, similar to a Maroon 5, OneRepublic take on what Taylor Swift does.
TWIST: So how did you get started in music?
Jackson: I got started like every other kid, singing in his bedroom. I used to put on shows for my family and whatnot. It kind of snowballed into this moment in my sixth grade musical where I was cast as Frank Sinatra. It was the first live performance I had ever done. I heard that applause, and I was just hooked.
TWIST: Who are some of your music inspirations?
Jackson: Oh wow. The Beatles, for sure. A lot of people in the hip hop community. Jay-Z, Drake. I love Paul McCartney. It's really eclectic. I've been listening to a lot of different stuff. Lady Gaga, Foster the People. Every week, it's just a whole different slew of people I get to listen to draw what I love from each artist and take that and try to create something new with it.
TWIST: So what's your favorite song of yours so far?
Jackson: Probably the next one I write. It's very tough because I love my new single right now, "Go Crazy." I even have it stuck in my own head, which is sometimes crazy, annoying and difficult, but it's really a fun song and one that I'm really proud of because I got to work with the Shaytard the family. The music video for it for it would a blast, so I would definitely say that "Go Crazy" is my favorite right now, but I'll probably write one next week and that one will be my favorite.
TWIST: Do you have a best or worst date experience?
Jackson: One of the best dates I went on was going to a Yankee game. I'm a big Yankee fan. I was born and raised in New York City. The date went particularly well because the Yankees won. It probably would have been a lot worse if we lost. The other date that never really came to be a date was [when] I kind of got stood up for a movie once. I went to see the movie still, but I went solo, which was probably the worst date situation.
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