Hanging Five with Jack Botts

Jack Botts is a breath of fresh air out of the Northern Rivers of NSW, creating a brand of surf folk drenched in depth and substance. Having honed his live skills to a fine point as a busker, Jack’s authentic live shows have left a serious impression on audiences across the country.

Unfortunately, it has been a while between performances and recordings for this talented, affable singer-songwriter. But with new releases come new tour dates, so to celebrate his latest single Hold You’, Jack will be heading off on tour over October and November, including a stop at our very own Miami Marketta.

We shot some questions to Jack ahead of his show. 

Five words that best describe your feelings about being able to head back on tour this month:

Amped, happy, curious, grateful, busy!

Tell us a bit about your latest release ‘Hold You’. What’s it about, and does it represent any kind of evolution in your music journey?

The ‘Hold You Tapes’ are the first few stories from, what I feel, a new chapter in my life. My writing has always revolved around my current situation in life, and experiences, so it was hard not to draw inspiration from how I am feeling at the time. ‘Hold You’ in particular was written about how I was feeling about being separated by distance with someone, against your own will. I kind of just through spat out all the emotions onto the page and there it was. There’s definitely a hint of desperation in there.

What do you think about the recent increase in profiles of musicians who’ve kicked off their careers with busking?

So epic! I love it. I’ll forever be grateful for what busking has done for me. Busking opens you up to everyone and anyone, you’re kind of vulnerable in a way. I think it’s pretty cool to know that when you set up on the street, and any crowd or audience that decides to stay and listen for a bit, you’ve drawn them into your sound totally organically. That’s the best feeling ever. For me, it’s so cool to see some fellow buskers take their sound that was once in the streets, all the way to the top. Pretty crazy really.

Do you think busking is an important part of a city’s music landscape?

Yes. Being back on the east coast now (still in the midst of a pandemic) it’s pretty crazy to walk down the street and not hear anything going on. It’s quiet, the vibe’s gone, and all the live music spots are empty. It made me realised how much of an impact music has on towns and cities in a normal world. Busking in particular, created such a vibe and buzz around town and in the streets, it kind of feels ‘naked’ in a way hahaha.  

For Gold Coasters who may not have seen you before, what can they expect from your December show at Marketta?

BYO smiles! I’ve had so much fun over the past couple of months at Marketta. I’ve been playing my own shows and jumping up to play with some mates at limited capacities, so I can’t wait for December! Fingers crossed that restrictions a eased a bit more before then haha. There’ll be a lot a jams and honest story telling. Can’t wait for it! See you out there.

Jack Botts will hit Marketta on 20 December. His last shows have all sold out, so don’t dilly dally! Tix via OzTix.

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