The 411 on College and Life Around Campus
VIDEO & SINGLE PREMIERE: Derek Louis // "I Wouldn't Trade"
ALBUM PREMIERE: HOUSTON KENDRICK, PINK Mixtape
July 2018 Playlist: The Top 65 Tunes of the Month
Sweater Beats Releases New Single "Enemy" Featuring Sorana: Watch
Artist Spotlight: Chloe Lilac Releases Mellow Record...
Christian Kuya Shows What the Top "Feel Like" in New...
[Exclusive Interview]: Summer Days with Hit-Makers A R I Z O N A
Natty Reeves Unveils 'Siren' EP, Talks Inspiration,...
Sam Stan Returns With "Outta My League" Music Video: Watch
Notifi Returns With New Track, "Won't Get Lonely": Listen
The Internet Release New Album, 'Hive Mind': Listen
Premiere: Primoz Get the Party Started "Over &...
8 Years of One Direction and We Still Haven't Moved On
Watch Ciara Show Off Her Notorious Dance Moves in...
Rap Sensation DEVMO Just 'Change My Mind' With New EP: Listen
Ben Dragon Sends Kids on Paper Chase For Music Video...
BZZY is Back with New Track, "Firefly": Listen
[Exclusive]: Interview with KINGDM, Shares His...
Brand'Nu Has Love in His "Pocket" in New Music Video: Watch
Local Artists Rejoice: Spotify Launches New Feature...
Unlimited Gravity Makes a Scene with New Video For...
Sounds for the Summer: Introducing Louie Free
ErnieWoodLo Stands Out in Eerie New Music Video,...
Lil Papi Jay & Peewee Longway are Iced-Out on "Holy Water": Watch
Gonzo the Great & Mozzy Debut New Singles, "Ain't No...
Identifying Mystery Boy: Interview With Ro Ransom
Stam Goody Tells Us 'Defining Moments' in New EP: Listen
Lingo Naiton Goes Trappin' in New Music Video, "Back...
Breakaway Music Festival 2018 Announces Full Lineup For Nashville
Harry Styles: Live on Tour (Review)
Jack Keyes first wanted to play guitar in 7th grade, but he couldn’t find anything in his budget.
“I was looking online for an acoustic guitar that I could afford in 7th grade, which was not very many,” Jack said. “I’m left handed, too, so lefty guitars are kind of rare.”
He emailed his musician godfather, who told Jack to wait a little bit before buying one.
LISTEN: The 1975 Release New Album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’
nic violets and lil cxxp Team Up for “diamonds are for friends”
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal: Your Prime Christmas Playlist
“And then it showed up at my door one day,” Jack said, a left handed Martin. “From there I was just playing every day. I was playing at night and waking up my parents.”
Last year, when Jack was a sophomore at UT, he took what he called his first push into music.
“I kind of randomly decided to make an album with my roommate,” Jack said. “We were living in a dorm and over the course of a month we made a full album. I don’t know why. I was in a weird mental state or something, and I just decided to get really obsessive over music.”
That project was called Whipflash, and the band played some shows around Austin and made some appearances on Texas Student Television.
“That was just my initial push, and I’m gonna make a bigger push now,” Jack said. “I’d never put myself out there before, and that was the first time I tentatively stepped out of my comfort zone. Now I wanna leap out and really go for it.”
Jack said he’s focused more on writing songs and doing solo shows, pointing to influences like Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and Nick Drake.
“They made so much happen with just a guitar and their voice,” Jack said. “I think that takes away a lot of the stress when all you’re focusing on is the song, the lyrics and the melody. Just saying I’m gonna do this bare and see what happens.”
Instead of songs that use vague metaphors, Jack said he’s using more specific anecdotes that could have actually happened in someone’s life.
“I really like to write short stories and poems and think from a character’s perspective rather than my own,” Jack said. “So regardless of whether what happened was true or not, it’s nice to have a story and a narrative in songs.”
Jack is a journalism junior at UT. He plans to keep playing open mics for a few months and record some songs over break so he can start booking shows.
“The scariest part of music is sharing it with other people, whether that’s live or just sending them recordings,” Jack said. “It’s easy for musicians to feed off what people think, and it’s hard to decide when people’s opinions should matter and when they shouldn’t.”
I'm Will, I drive a van and write about music.