JACK & JACK
With 5.3 million followers on Vine looping their six-second clips more than 14 million times a week, rap duo Jack & Jack have garnered a big enough fan base to make a severe impact on the Billboard charts. Composed of Jack Johnson (not the surfer-turned-folk rocker) and Jack Gilinsky (who sings the hooks), the Omaha duo has gained traction with “Like That,” which hit No. 36 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and “Wild Life,” which peaked at No. 87 on the Hot 100.
Both of these tracks have also made their mark with fans on Twitter, who shared them so much that they’ve topped the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart.
A few years ago, one of my good friends sent me a link to a YouTube video, with the caption saying. (You are going to love this!)I click the link, and took me to Jack & Jack YouTube page, this was shortly after they released their first single Wild Life, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
With the release of their new EP, Jack & Jack will soon be taking center stage in the entertainment world. Most recent release of their new single Beg, The jacks are sailing at an all-time high. Jack & Jack is scheduled to perform at PCA's later this year; there are even rumors of them being up for a few awards.
I am excited to see whats coming next for this fantastic duo. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jack Johnson, he is so humble, and I don’t think he realizes how talented he is. Here the interview as promised!
How does it feel to have all these people come out and see you perform?
Jack Johnson: It’s crazy! Not only is it awesome that there are 12,000 people out there, but just performing alongside of these people – like Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Jacob Whitesides, Sabrina, R5. They are all really dope acts. It’s cool to have that association, and it’s cool to be performing on the same stage as them. It’s really awesome, because this is probably our most important show to date. We have never really performed with traditional acts. Stuff we’ve done has been social media tours and stuff. This might be a turning point for us where we start performing alongside these traditional music acts. It’s really exciting and amazing to be here in Pennsylvania.
Jack Gilinsky: It is really cool. There are big acts like Shawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony, who are bigger than us. You know that there are going to be fans out there who might not know who we are, or maybe know who we are but never got invested in us. This show could be the reason that they start following us. We are just really excited to get out there, and prove ourselves to the people who don’t know us.
Did you ever imagine you’d be doing what you’re doing today?
Jack Gilinsky: I always knew that I wasn’t going to work that solid nine-to-five job, do the same routine everyday. I wanted to switch it up, and have a different and interesting life! I always wanted to be an actor, to be honest. I’m happy that I am doing this now. I love performing. It’s the best thing in the world.
Jack Johnson: Yeah definitely! I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from all the stuff that’s been going on! It’s been a fun time. We definitely didn’t expect it when we first started doing it, but it did happen. It’s happening. It’s really cool. We are really blessed!
How was the transition from touring with a bunch of other artists to touring by yourself for your music career?
Jack Gilinsky: It’s really crazy, because at first we were with other acts, other personalities who were selling tickets alongside of us, so we never really knew our true power.
Jack Johnson: We didn’t know that we could sell out our own venues, just me and Jack, without the help of the other social media stars that we were associated with.
Jack Gilinsky: So when we first put on our 17-city tour for DigiTour, Chicago sold out in a day or two. We were like this is one of our biggest venues on the tour, and we just sold it out! That was really crazy for me.
Jack Johnson: Really eye-opening! It was the first time we had done something, and promoted tickets for under our name. It was cool to see that we had our own devoted fan base, outside of the guys that we were with. That really prompted us to keep doing things for our fans! Our fans specifically.
What’s your favorite thing about performing on stage?
Jack Gilinsky: One of the best things is just the response, the interaction with the crowd. Like if I am like “Yeahhhh!” I give that energy to that crowd, then when they are like “Yeah!” they give it back to me! It’s just a back and forth thing. It’s so great! At least with our demographic of fans. They are very responsive.
Jack Johnson: It’s awesome, because they are so interactive. If we start telling them to waves their hands, they will do it. It looks visually cool from the stage, just seeing that many people waving their hands. It’s back and forth. It’s just awesome to know that these fans are so dedicated to us that they will actually interact with us while we are on stage, and get really invested in our show.
Jack Gilinsky: The craziest part for me actually is when I’m singing a part, and I see these girls singing with me. I remember writing these songs in my room alone with Jack J, and [totally] alone. Now, we are out here where like 12,000 people know the lyrics. Sometimes we’ll put the mic down and let them sing. That gives me goose-bumps every time. We wrote those lyrics, just me and you in a room, and now there’s thousands of people singing them.
Jack Johnson: It’s really an awesome thing.
Since you are around each other so much, do you guys have any pet peeves about each other?
Jack Gilinsky: Nothing that would really make me give up being with Jack J. But he can be messy. It gets on my nerves sometimes, but I don’t really mind.
Jack Johnson: Hmm, let’s see! He takes a while getting ready. Just being timely, I guess. Making sure his outfit is perfectly on point before he leaves the house, which isn’t a bad thing! Got to keep up with appearances, and stuff!
Jack Gilinsky: I take my time, and over-analyze things.
Jack Johnson: But, it’s all good. We learned that that’s how the other people are.
Any upcoming surprises?
Jack Gilinsky: I don’t know how much of a surprise it is…
Jack Johnson: We have an EP coming out for pre-order sometime this month. We’re really excited. We have the artwork for it, and the title for it. We can’t really give that info out yet because we want it to be a surprise. It’s all one. It’s just about us getting it out there, and packaging it and what not. We’re still independent, so there are still some loopholes and barriers that happen. But it’s definitely happening soon. We have the whole project together. The music is better then ever. I’m excited for the fans to see it. This is our first project.
Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?
Jack Johnson: I can’t answer that question. In fact I can’t answer that question because I don’t know where I can see myself in two months, to be honest. Our schedules are so sporadic, and we have so many different passions, it’s really hard to say what our passions are going to be in ten years. I know we’ll still be doing music, and we’ll still be a duo, but I don’t know exactly what the circumstances around that are going to be. We love what we do, and even if we are doing the same thing we are doing now in ten years I would be happy, because we have the best fans in the world. Screaming at our shows, that’s the best feeling in the world.
Jack Gilinsky: I hope it’s something along the lines of what we are doing now.