By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A fearless blend of R&B, alternative rock and hip-hop, Boston-based singer/songwriter Jack DeNicola dropped his debut album ‘Act I: Doomsday’ this past May and left no doubts about his up-and-comer status.
The first part of a trilogy that follows a protagonist Moon as he pursues his wildest dreams through journeys filled with loyalty, lust and love, ‘Act I: Doomsday’ was written last year while in quarantine and features contributions from some of DeNicola’s Berklee College Of Music classmates.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with DeNicola – who was musically inspired by the likes of Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, The Who and Pink Floyd – about his trilogy and more.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to be a musician?
Jack DeNicola – I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. The moment I knew music would be my future was when my father took me to my first concert. We saw Roger Waters at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. He was touring Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ in 2010. I was nine-years-old at the time and saw one of the greatest albums ever live, in my opinion. The perfect demonstration of sex, drugs and rock and roll and my Dad took me to see it as a nine-year-old, so yeah, I think that moment definitely made me dream of being a rockstar and I’m still holding on to that dream. Shoutout to my Dad for that amazing experience. It changed my life all for the better.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your debut album ‘Act I: Doomsday’?
Jack DeNicola – It started out kind of lonely at first, since I was home in quarantine like the rest of the world. Me and my team stayed in contact through the 2020 summer and began piecing together the project little by little. I got a small amount of it recorded at home, but ‘Doomsday’ really came together once I got back to Boston in the fall. I recorded the rest of it with Bobby Castro and SÖREN, the executive producers for the album, while collaborating with some more friends who are featured throughout the project. Overall, it took about a year to complete and I’m super excited to share it with the rest of the world now!
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Jack DeNicola – The thing that excites me most about my style of music is that there’s still so much to unfold with it. I want to be that kind of artist that never stops pushing themselves to the limit with their musical abilities. Everyday, I’m looking for new ways to get creative with my style and develop the perfect sound for me. There’s always something to learn and I never want to lose that thirst for knowledge for the one thing I’m extremely passionate about.
Music Bugle – What would you say are the biggest challenges of being an up-and-coming artist these days?
Jack DeNicola – Getting the exposure you deserve I believe is one of the hardest things to do as an artist. You could have amazing music, but that’s only a fraction of the work. No matter how much energy you put into the music, you need to put a similar level of energy into pushing the music out there to the masses. Figuring out the right way to do it is hard, though. You have to be creative and consistent with your content these days on social media platforms. That is how your music gets heard in today’s society. Artists need to take advantage of the power of social media. Find your niche within your music and show people why they should care.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Jack DeNicola – I think the pandemic took a toll on me a little bit. The uncertainty of everything used to get to me a lot when quarantine first began. My anxiety increased, but I’m doing okay now. Throughout the pandemic, I just wrote my album and that I think was what kept me sane until now.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Jack DeNicola – My rotation has consisted of a lot of old Weeknd vibes lately, mostly ‘Trilogy’ and ‘Kissland.’ He inspires me tremendously with the cinematic and symbolic qualities hidden throughout his music. I enjoy studying artists that I believe are one of the greats in their respected field or niche. I’ve also been listening to some great instrumental artists, such as Plini and Owane. Some of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard who don’t get enough credit. Other artists at the top of my Spotify right now are Young Thug, 6LACK, Jack Harlow and the late great Michael Jackson.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?
Jack DeNciola – I usually go to the studio or if I can’t, I’ll just write some lyrics or play guitar or something. Anything music-related helps me escape. Music has been my therapy throughout my 20 years of existence. I think it has worked so far.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Jack DeNciola – “Everything happens for a reason.” It’s a really basic quote, but I hold it very close. This past year-and-a-half has thrown so many obstacles at people, including myself, so I just try to keep that in mind. There’s a path paved for me out there, so I just need to continue moving forward, no matter what occurs. It’s not about what happens in life. It’s how you react to it all.
Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need more of?
Jack DeNciola – Today’s music industry needs to provide more support for artist/musician’s mental, physical and emotional health. There have been too many artists in the past couple years that have fallen victim to drug overdose, suicide and more and to me, it seems like it keeps on happening and no one is saying anything. There needs to be more people with good intentions checking in on our favorite celebrities, just as much as anybody else deserves therapy or rehab. That is what I think needs to change in this industry. Normalizing the fact that celebrities and famous people are still human beings. Not just for entertainment.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021 and start of 2022?
Jack DeNciola – Positive vibes, amazing music and good health. That’s all I’m hoping for me and all my fellow artists and musicians out there.
*Photo Credit – Demi Seremetis*