Meet the rising singer, rapper, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jack Bruno! He has created his own punked-up and gothed-out style of hip-hop. He very recently released (Feb 28) his newest single called “Someday (Before U Get Bored)” featuring The Strokes. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video for the track, directed by Logan Meis [Trippie Redd, Khalid, Lil Yachty]. “Someday (Before U Get Bored)” appears on his new 3-song EP titled “4u” that was just released on March 27th.
The Los Angeles-based artist, who got his start in the punk/alternative music scene as a teenager touring in bands alongside artists including Rise Against and The Used, has now architected a personal style of alt-rap, defiant of rules, categorization and boundaries. He’s spent the last few years touring all over the world opening for Wiz Khalifa, Juice WRLD, Lil Pump, Lil Skies, Tekaski 6ix9ine and Rae Sremmurd, among others, and appearing at the Rolling Loud Festival in both Los Angeles and Miami. His 2017 single “2 Goth Kids” featuring Famous Dex and his 2018 banger “Ciggy Said Light” featuring Playboy Carti,under the moniker 92Jack, ignited a buzz on Spotify with the latter receiving over 2 million total streams.
Throughout his ever-changing and growing career, Jack Bruno’s solo music has received praise and support from the likes of Complex, Billboard, HYPEBEAST, Revolt TV, Highsnobiety, HipHopDX, and HotNewHipHop, and has amassed more than 3 million collective streams on Spotify and over 5.5 million total views on YouTube.
“I hope people take away two things,” Bruno explains. “There’s a jolt of ‘I can do anything’ energy they will feel. Then, there’s also a really sincere and heartfelt tone. It’s the feeling like you’re just falling in love for the first time in the same way, I want them to feel connected to something bigger. If I can convey any of those feelings in my music, it’s a victory.”
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Learn more about Jack Bruno in the following All Access interview:
When it comes to your music, what are you most excited for this year?
2020 started out weird for me. I went through a surprise breakup right out of the gate and it was pretty tough. After getting through that, I really channeled that new energy into my music and I’m really excited about my new album I’m finishing up right now. I just got home from a tour with Trippie Redd, which was amazing so that was great.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that changed over the years?
When I was 9 years old, I saw the Pop Disaster Tour with Blink 182 and Green Day. After seeing that show, I knew I had to be an artist. It looked so fun. 2 things that motivate me: one is a selfish reason, I just love music. I love playing shows. I love writing songs. It’s my favorite thing to do. 2nd is I want to leave a positive effect on people while I’m alive and music is my channel of doing that. It’s been pretty constant one or the other throughout the years.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
I lived in Plano, Texas till I was 12. I think that made me naturally rebellious ‘cause it’s more of a sports/corporate place to live and I was never into that. I always felt like I was on the outside. LA is where I’ve lived since 12 and it’s such a big city that I’m really more influenced by the people I’m around and my circle rather that the huge diverse city.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Were your family and friends supportive of this career choice? If you weren’t a musician today, could you see yourself doing anything else?
Music has always been my soul, my heart and the centerpiece of my life. My family and friends were always supportive but even if they weren’t I just would have ignored them cause I can’t deny a passion like that. I don’t think I could ever do anything else.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part?
There are so many challenges. I’ve dealt with bands breaking up, deals falling through, constant rejection, constant praise, so many different experiences. I’ve been through them all. To make it out of that beginning stage and get to the good part where you’re not totally being dismissed is a great feeling. It’s like, damn I was right, I’m not crazy.
Can you talk about how your newest single ““Someday (Before U Get Bored)” came together exactly? What was the inspiration for it? What was it like working with The Strokes on it? How did that collaboration come to be?
I wouldn’t say I collaborated with The Strokes. It was more of I recorded a version of their song and wrote my own song to it once it was done. We got in touch with Julian Casablancas and showed him. He liked it and approved the ‘interpolation’ which is like him giving the nod of approval, which I mean come on man that felt cool as fuck. He’s a legend and he liked how I took some of his ideas and put it into a different context and new genre really. I always loved The Strokes “Someday” and I couldn’t get the idea of mixing that with modern hip hop out of my head so I took my time and worked on it until I thought I had done it right.
What was it like making the music video for “Someday (Before U Get Bored)”? How creatively involved with the making of it were you?
That idea came out of the blue and I thought it was gonna be hilarious to do. So, it was really a blast. The kids in the video were only 6/7 years old and couldn’t tell if it was really school or a video, lol. I think it’s important to show people that you don’t take yourself to seriously.
How do you think this song prepares listeners for more music from you? How does it compare to the rest of your forthcoming collection?
It’s the perfect introduction. It sets the tone for all my new music combining rock elements from my past of being in bands with recent times of me doing hip hop.
Did anything surprise you about the process of putting the EP together? What were the challenges?
The hardest part was finding the right way to mix rock and hip hop elements in a way that was unique to me. As far as lyrically and melodically, I just wanted to raise the bar and push myself further, which is the mindset I always take when starting a new project.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
I’m much more open-minded to new styles now. I came up in punk rock and that tends to be a niche scene. I play more instruments now – guitar, piano, drums, produce beats, everything. That opened up a lot of doors for me.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far? What is it like keeping up with all your different accounts? What is your favorite way to connect with fans?
Social media is fine – it is what it is. It’s a fun way to connect with people and keep in touch. It’s easy to update on all your accounts. You just have to make it a priority cause it’s important if you don’t tell people what you’re working on they will never know. Instagram is my favorite, cause I like dm’ing fans back as much as I can.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has been inspiring you and the music that you make?
Drake would be a dream, or Kanye. Just to see how those guys work in the studio would be such a great learning experience. It would be unbelievable. Both are huge inspirations.
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
I think probably put a nightclub ‘cause that’s the whole point of nightclubs anyways – to puff out your chest and pretend you’re the shit anyways lol.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope I can make people remember to have fun and enjoy their lives and to be fearless and go for what they really want in their lives.